MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a bit of redness to it. Nice use of bourbon here--it’s an addition to the beer instead of just tasting like somebody dropped a shot of cheap bourbon into a crappy stout. Lightly smoky with just the right hint of bourbon sweetness, a bit of roast malt bitterness. Good vanilla notes. Finishes nutty and dry. Were there more bourbon-barreled beers like this, I’d be much happier with the style.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red, almost brown/black. Burbon, bit of chocolate, and some vanilla. Lots of burbon flavours, kind of overrides the rest of it. Strong vanilla extract in coffee taste besides. A bit thin.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a deep mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma is nutty(chocolate covered peanuts?) and laden with bourbon notes, wood, and light cocoa. Lots of vanilla creeps through in spots as does chocolate cake notes. Taste is "tamer" than I thought it would be. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, sweet malts, devils food cake, hints of molasses, wood, and light roasty notes. Body is also lighter than expected. It’s bordering on thin with mild carbonation and some slickness to it. Mild alcohol warmth as well. Finishes with more bourbon barrel notes, vanilla, light wood, chocolate, roasty malt notes and some dessert-like sweetness. Good but a little less than what I hoped it would be. Has this changed since the original release?
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big thanks goes out to Duane for supplying the grateful attendants of YEHA 05 with this brew. Holy shit the bourbon. It feels, um, overbarreled. The vanilla is palpable and thankfully almost fully overrides what could have been a whisky-burn nightmare. This most reminds me of Heresy, but without the depth of chocolate and coffee to back it up. Very light bodied--had to check the ABV to confirm it was indeed an Imperial stout. Lightish brown color. Interesting.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is, oddly, very pineapple smelling with whiffs of chocolate malt. Color is an off cloudy red/brown. Quite un-Imperial looking. Almost no head. Lot of bourbon/wood in the fore followed by that syrupy sweet pineapple again. The bourbon and wood flavors carry all the way through but this is ridiculously light bodied for an Imperial Stout. Very low carbonation as well. It’s flavorful it just doesn’t taste much like an Impy. More like a tuned up Brown Ale aged on Bourbon barrels.
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle, sampled summer 2005. Alcohol bourbon and chocolate aroma, make that cocoa powder. Alcohol aroma is initally intense, but fades into a nice candy bourbon chocolate thing. Soft chocolate and roast flavor, hints of bourbon. Mellow, bourbon is an element of the flavor rather than the only flavor. A bit undercarbonated, but I like this quite a bit.
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from CaptainCougar (thanks tom!) wow, lots of sweetish bourbon and vanilla smells, and lots of roast barley and some bitter coffee. very gritty and dry palate despite the high ABV, with a surprisingly light aftertaste as well. very good, but not as good as i expected it to be.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Pailhead. Poured Dark brown almost to black. Aroma was rich with chocolate with roasted malt and vanilla. Flavor had a nice bourbon flavor followed by vanilla chocolate, wood and roasted malt. Flavor was not too sweet for a IS Excellent mouthfeel with a nice balance of flavors.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great chocolatey aroma, smells roasty and highly malty, with a hint of bourbon and oak. Heavy smokiness in the flavor, and somewhat bitter/astringent. Dry for a Imperial stout, and quite good.
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to zathrus13 for this one - pours a rather dark brown, nearly black, with a small ring of off-white lace - aroma is actually quite earthy, with notes of coffee/cream, vanilla, wood, and, of course, bourbon - quite dry and smokey for an imperial, with lots of oak, some herbal qualities - plums and dates - vanilla and bourbon combine with some most typical IS characteristics (roastiness, cocoa, coffee) to quite nice ends - finishes pretty dry and chocolatey - all of the qualities in this beer come together quite well, and it never gets overwhelming, cloying, or out of balance like many other beers of this style (especially barrel-aged ones) - very nice indeed.