JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark black pour with a tan head. A lot of espresso coffee in the nose and taste. It is a coffee bomb, and I feel too much of it. It would be much better if there was less of a coffee influx. But a decent beer overall.
DialSquare (3248) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber from Andersonís in Sylvania. Black pour with thinnish brown head that leaves a ring of retention. Aroma is sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Tastes are dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, molasses, light licorice, oak and a little booze. Light bitter hops backing things up. Slick thin to medium palate with touch of carbonation. Minimal bourbon which is fine by my tastes. Great -- just how I like my imp stouts.
eruizgarcia (249) - - JUN 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a thick head and a smoky aroma of vanilla, coffee, toffee and caramel. Starts very sweet in the mouth, then the booze comes on strong but is balanced by the sweet caramel malts. Coffee is present throughout, more than in most other stouts. Delicious beer, but very boozy so take in small amounts.
bubbleflubber (1934) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black with a ready 1-finger eggshell head that reduces to a thin cap, leaving spotty lace. The nose is SO inviting, of vanilla, espresso, dense dark chocolates and roasted coffee beans. The flavor palate just builds on the aromas, and contain densely rich Brazilian coffee blends, vanilla extract, wet tobacco leaves, bitter dark chocolates, oak wood and cognac. What a delicious treat! The finish is just as complex, with woody esters and vanilla coffee abounding. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, complex, substantive and rich. This glides down the palate with a creamy "essence", just silky enough with the appropriate balance of subtle carbonation. This is a thick, rich Impy Stout that I will enjoy on ANY occasion!
Darwenus (612) - Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014 A lot has changed since I first rated this beer. Iíve quit smoking and developed a deep and abiding love of huge IPAs, and I figured I ought to review this from my current perspective. Just as last time itís still an imposing looking brew, jet black with a little crimson here and there at the pour, with no real head. Just deep, inviting darkness. The flavor is as strong and uncompromising as I remember. I donít know that I can really say one way or the other if putting a little age on this bottle has made a difference. My bottle was from the third release, and itís 11.4% alcohol. The aroma is all chocolate, coffee and a liquor-like alcohol. The bourbon doesnít so much present itself in the flavor as _haunt_ the flavor, kinda lingering as the last bit of aftertaste after each sip. What hits you hard in the face with each sip is strong, black coffee. Raising the glass sends coffee tones into the nose and across the tongue, and then thereís this deep, absolutely smothering flood of dark, bitter chocolate. Last time I detected more subtle background flavors than I really pick up on this time. Maybe I was bullshitting myself. This time through I get the chocolate, coffee, big alcohol and a little hop tingle, but not a lot else. I still enjoy it, but that initial lust I felt after my first bottle seems to be gone.
Edit - Iíve just had a bottle of release 3, which Iíve been aging about two and a half years. itís amazing. The age has knocked all the heat off the top, and this beer is perfect. Itís delicious. Iíd put it up against Kentucky Breakfast or against the best iterations of Borubon County any day. If you can find the patients to age a bottle of this stuff, it pays off in spades. Iíve re-rated it appropriately, and my new personal rating has moved it from a 4.3 to a 4.6. Epicís 3B is, at this point, the beer I am most personally vested in. This beer is amazing.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yep itís black. mild head. Nose is intense coffee and vanilla backed with chocolate, raw wood and booze. Flavor is chocolate, bitter cocoa, booze, strong vanilla, coffee, some spices. Medium sweet with a strong bitter finish. Has a good balance and isnít cloying. good flavors overall but a little lacking complexity from the barrel.
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 1; bottled 9/22/2011. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention; that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, oak, molasses, toast, and light char. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity. Taste of big roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, whiskey, oak, molasses, and toast. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, oak, toast, molasses, caramel, toffee, and vanilla on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of the barrel flavors with the beer; no overwhelming whiskey flavors at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! Great balance of flavors with the barrel aging; and very smooth to sip on for being 11.7%. This is the easier to find substitute for KBS in my book.
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber release #1) deep espresso brown, thatís clear but hard to tell because itís so dark, with a scant medium-taan head. Nose of espresso, bitter coffee, bit of old saturated coffee grounds, peanut shells, and cream. Taste of cream, fairly rich sweetened coffee (reminds of turkish), dark chocolate, peanut shells, and a bit of burnt/toasty malt. The palate linger is also peanut shells, bit of cream, lightly burnt finish but not offensively so, and plenty of coffee bitterness.
smith4498 (3222) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2012 Bottle from a trade with dmac. Release #1. Pours dark brown/black color with light brown head. Espresso and chocolate aromas. Bittersweet dark chocolate flavor with coffee and roasted malts. Full body with soft carbonation. Very nice. Thanks Dave.
Nickls (1938) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #3, bottle. Jet black with a dark tan head. Lots of dark chocolate, roast, and coffee in the aroma with slight dark fruit sweetness. Flavor is caky with coffee and dark bitter chocolate and the barrel aging doesnít come in all that strong. I had the #5 release two weeks ago and it was moreish all-around with more woodiness and whisky notes along with the huge coffee and chocolate presence. Medium body and warming. Nice