zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at RnH - insane beer. Heady, smokey and weird. Smoke and bitter boozy - burning liquor brandy like. Spice and pepper burns the throat. thick, molasses, bourbon and bean. delicious and unique. Wouldn’t want to have too much of this though.
blipp (6277) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at RnH. Pours near black with a tan head. Huge bourbon and roasty aroma with some lighter notes of vanilla. The flavor starts with sweet bourbon and vanilla, follows with a little bit of chili pepper heat, and finishes with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Very good.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to whomever brought this growler to the Woodshop 5.0 tasting.
black with vanilla, oak, and boozy flavors, this was a nicely done beer.
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Rattle n’ Hum Cigar City Event. Pours virtually black with a thin dark tan head. The aroma is intense of oak, vanilla, cacao, and cigar box. Where to begin with the flavor? Lots of spices coming from the chiles with some wood spice (cedar, pine) and sweet spice (cinnamon) as well. Also notes of toasted almonds, bourbon, and vanilla. Medium body with a spicy finish. There’s more wood spice than pepper spice, but it’s always complementing the dark flavors and doesn’t overpower. An amazingly complex beer without going overboard. I’m not normally a huge fan of what bourbon barrel aging does to stouts, but this was just too damn delicious.
dmac (4174) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Rattle N Hum for the Cigar City event. Poured pitch black body sitting unerneath just the slightest touch of deep beige head. Aroma had lots of vanilla and bourbon upon warming. Chocolate, deep roasted malts, lots of pepper and spice round this one out. Medium bodied that the carbonation had dropped out of during the barrel aging and a finish with lots of heat from the ancho peppers. The flavor is a perfect blend of vanilla bourbon, chocolate malts, wood and peppers. The pepper flavor and heat really sets this one apart from all the other BB Impy Stouts out there and this is a definite must try if you ever get the chance.
Sammy (8850) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cigar City Takes NYC event at Rattle ’N’ Hum. A great start. Aroma of pepper and bourbon come through. This is black with no head, understated carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. The peppers come through giving the whole RIS an interesting and complex taste.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum for their Cigar City event. Made sure to get this early to insure no palate contamination. Pours a deathly black with a thin tan head. Spicy, rich chocolate, cinnamon, wood, vanilla, bourbon. Great aromas. Light spiciness, tastes of chocolate pudding, rich and woody bourbon, vanilla, nice spicy character. Finishes with some spicy wood, lingering cocoa, faint heat, lingering roast. Definitely delicious. Really like the chiles in here. Sort of like a good Mexican hot cocoa.
tgncc (2853) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at RHN. You must like bourbon to like this.Select oneu The aroma is p;ure bourbon, some dark chocolate malts. The appearance is black, tan head. The flavor is strong bourbion, and drk chocolate malts. The finish is biurbon, booze burfn, pepper. The mouthfeel is thick, oily. This is very good, especially if you like bourbon.
TheMantle (37) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
For my second review on ratebeer, I have the rare honor of reviewing this beer. Had on tap at Rattle N Hum into a small goblet.
Pours a badass black with almost a nonexistent caramel colored head. The nose is unbelievable with bourbon, vanilla, and a beautiful hint of chili peppers and some other spices. Flavor is complex with bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, wood, and spices. There is very little alcohol present and the chili pepper heat builds as you drink but does not become overpowering. Overall, one of the best beers I have ever had and I am only afraid that I did not do justice to the beer in this review.
nickd717 (3564) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, here I am reviewing another top 10 beer on this site. You don’t do that too often. I’m sorry to say I’ll be bringing this beer’s average score down, because I’d pretty much have to give it a perfect rating not to. Joey and Wayne at CCB really do fulfill beer geeks’ wildest dreams. Met those guys at GABF ’09, and surprisingly, they seemed like normal guys and not all-powerful deities floating on clouds or anything like that. Who knew? Anyway, I had a small pour of this from a hand bottle that came from a growler, so having been well-traveled, it went through a lot before it got to me and arrived pretty much totally flat. In addition, I only had a small pour from which to judge this beer. So my suggestion to CCB is to arrange to send me a better representation of this beer, and hell, maybe I’ll find it worthy of my first perfect 5.0. Definitely has that potential. So...this beer pours black with not much head at all, just a bubble or two. Aroma is absolutely incredible. Rich chocolate, cherry, vanilla, cedar and other wood, bourbon, cinnamon, tobacco, and chili peppers. Even with a small pour in less than ideal condition, it really jumps out at you. Wow. Flavor not quite as impressive but still amazing. Roast and smoke, coffee, bitter cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, vanilla, coconut, and nice chili heat. Really a lot going on with this one. Bourbon is very well-balanced and not at all overwhelming like it can be in some beers from such barrels. Full and smooth on the palate with very low carbonation, not surprisingly. Even though I gave it a very positive review, I don’t feel like this really got a fair shake, so stay tuned for a future update.