BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brewery: Pitch black with a brown head. The nose is sharp with roast, ample licorice and astringency. The flavor is chewy and more balanced; huge body with dary chocolate and light vanilla/bourbon notes. Like a cafe cubano, the sweetness tries to comprehentd the strong coffee. The bourbon notes balance with their sublety, just the referee to the game, keep things in line. Great imperial stout, more roasty than I like, but damn tasty.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours like motor oil.
"The darkest head I’ve ever seen." Says Rusty
It’s thick. Sweet, tart, and huge. Some black pepper. Dark meaty peppers. Lots of everything else too. This thing is massive. Not for the weak of heart. I like this a lot. I also never want to drink it again. I find it overwhelming. Not often that I say this about a beer. This thing just kicks my ass. Sip carefully.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fading tan head with a deep brown body. Aromas are heavily roasted and dark sugar. Full body, roasted, rich. Hot at times, chocolate, some pepper at times. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Full and rich. Warm and fuzzy.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap. wow, i havn;t had an inperial stout quite like this one before. Pours black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, bits of chilies, cinnamon, and bourbon. What a treat to be able to try this!
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap @ the Brandy-barrel release on 5/22. Pours dark black with a much larger head than the brandy barrel...nose is one of the best I’ve ever experienced, notes of spiced chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak and some earthy chile notes. The body doesn’t seem to be as thick as the brandy but is still more prominent than most impy’s I’ve had...flavors were heavy on the chiles, the bourbon almost seems to accentuate the peppers but it doesn’t wear out its welcome by any means. The chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon notes are also apparent. Great brew.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was definitely let down by this after having the regular version. The bourbon aspect seemed to take so much away from the complexity of flavor in the original. The palate is full. Aroma was a mix of booze, chocolate malt, and light spice. The flavor was strong bourbon up front with the stout itself hiding behind.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Poured dark brown with a nice brown head. Nose is oaky, boozey, peppery, and chocolatey. Taste is similarly oaky, with some pepper, roasted malt, and vanilla. Pitch black pour with a thick sticky brown head. The nose is very peppery and a little bit spicy as well. Finish is warming and body is very thick. Overall, a nice brew.
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, at brewery, RBWG 2010. Pours a thick pitch black body, rather inky looking, with a large very dark brown head. Huge vanilla and bourbon nose, a little alcohol but not especially boozy. Some light chilies and chocolate peeking thru the barrel treatment, but the nose is much more barrel-centric than anything. The flavor has a bit too much bourbon for me, it covers up a bit too much of the chili pepper, which is my favorite aspect of the beer. Rich vanilla and heavy roast with some sweet chocolate notes. Very rich and intense flavor. Mouthfeel is full and oily with moderate fizzy carbonation. A little sticky on the finish. The more it warmed up, the more the chili pepper did come out, but still a little too overly bourbon flavored for me. Brandy>Regular>Bourbon for me.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a growler. 2/20/10. Mostly black, opaque pour with a thin layer of tight bubbled tan foam. Bold bourbon in the nose - light vanilla, spicy oak, and some sharper alcoholic notes that play interestingly with the pepper characters. Some green apple harshness present intially, but dissipated after warming. I’m getting some of that same cherry gumdrop fruitiness from the regular Hunahpu’s that reminds me of sloe gin. Full bodied, medium-light carbonation with a soft, silky texture. Chocolate nougat malt flavors up front on the palate, accompanied by some mild vanilla and bourbon. Some of the sloe gin flavors come through mid-palate, but less prominent than sans-bourbon, as they seem to be shrouded by the bourbon flavors. The bourbon character seems to be biased more toward the spicy oak and warm alcohol flavor profile than my preferred heavy toast oak vanillin, but then perhaps that can be attributed to the combination of alcohol heat from the bourbon and the peppers. Pleasantly warm finish, with chocolate nougat, bourbon, and mild spice lingering on the palate. Big flavors, but overall I found this to be less refined than the non-BA version.
Lubiere (12284) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. A super aroma of sweet chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, oaken barrel notes. In mouth, a classy imperial stout with loads of torrefied coffee, some bitter chocolate, wood, tons of taste and warming alcohol, all smooth and pleasant. On tap at Cigar City, May 22 2010.