arn8897 (77) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet black with a dark khaki head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee with a little alcohol smell also. Thick like cough syrup. Taste of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and licorice. Big huge beer. 13% alcohol. A definite sipper. Very good overall. More alcohol warmth as the beer warms.
chucklemation (629) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a jet black with a thick tan foam head. Aroma is strong wood and bourbon, with hints of vanilla and chocolate. The flavor is surprisingly different, with a heavy, thick chocolate taste and lighter bourbon. This is almost like eating chocolate cake, it’s so sweet and has such a huge mouthfeel. An incredibly delicious beer, which would get a 5 from me but I’m not a huge fan of a large wood presence in my beer.
GothGargoyle (1512) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Full bodied, roasty and lightly sweet on the palate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, dates.
tugboat_801 (23) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my all time favorites, the release I drank this time was ibis slc # 2072 super strong coffee flavors, which is great but kind of covers the whiskey flavors up. Great breakfast or dessert beer.
gregner (19) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma of coffee, with notes of chocolate and bourbon. Black with minimal brown head. Warm on the palate with light sweetness, medium bitterness, tastes of strong coffee, slight chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and slight bourbon. Full body with average carbonation. The bourbon takes a back seat to the coffee aroma and taste. Overall an above average beer.
frank0830 (69) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #30 13.5 abv Whoa, aroma. So many different notes I don’t even know where to begin! Notes of rich chocolate, banana, oak, bourbon, caramel, coffee and roast all are pronounced. On the palate, and as it warm, lots of coffee comes out of this beer. I keep getting hints of cherry too. This is by far one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Even the cap smells good.
jstraw (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#8 Tasted at Jerry’s 09/14. Black with scant, brown head, minimal lacing / Milder nose of cigar box, coffee, bourbon barrel / Medium to full body, surprisingly lively, moderately sweet but dry on the finish with excellent balance and bitterness underneath / Complex, elegant, dusty flavors of roast coffee, tobacco, chocolate, caramel, restrained bourbon barrel / Superb, and doing nicely.
jsnicholas (302) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (22oz $12): black with nice one finger head. Strong coffee smell.. Taste is strong coffee and slight chocolate and slight bourbon. I am not a coffee fan so this was not a brew I will get again. The coffee taste mostly hides the bourbon.
beeratarian (130) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Up there with the finest! Coffee, chocolate dominate. Dark and rich. Tasted next to expedition and other imp stouts. A real standout. Probably the best coffee stout on market!
jhamp9 (1190) - Corinth, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a brown head. Really strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, and faint whiskey. Full slick body with a slight alcohol warmth. Other than that the ABV is completely hidden. Very good, but would be phenomenal if I got more barrel from it.