Dorwart (2266) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Nice strong medium brown head of fine bubbles that reduces very slowly leaving a thin sheet of foam over the surface. Very impressive head. Rich bourbon aroma with some butterscotch, vanilla, rich chocolaty malts and some cookie dough. Color is basically black. Body is a bit thinner than expected. Bourbon accents are very mild in the flavor unlike the aroma which smacks you in the face with bourbon. Some more vanilla and dough with mild chocolaty malts. Could use more malts the increase the mouthfeel and body of the brew. Light alcohol presence and warming. Finishes rich and chocolaty with a bit of lingering vanilla. A pretty damn good imperial stout which benefits from the bourbon barrel aging.
wchesser (672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great extra from budznsudz-thanks, Chris! Opaque with a coffee cream ring. Complex nose on opening of prunes, dark roast malt, vanilla, cola, sadly it fades pretty quickly becoming almost grapey. Taste is sweet upfront with bourbon and some oak then dark malt and a lingering bitterness. A tad thin but well done. If this is really $2 like I read in another rating it’s a screaming deal.
brystmar (458) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty, hearty malt base is blanketed in bourbon. Notes of coffee and toffee. A tasty, well-made shelf BA RIS that's a solid step above most of its peers. Helluva deal at $2/single bottle.
StefanSD (1797) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from trade. (But I can’t remember from who, sorry). Pours a dense black color with a small tan head that soon recedes to a film. The aroma is big and bold with dark fruits, licorice and vanilla. The taste is mild whiskey forward that accentuates a good stout. I get mellow bourbon, licorice, raisins and roasted grains. The palate is full and creamy with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering licorice and some whiskey. Overall: First rate BA impy. Loved it.
FishBizkit (206) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick opaque black with a chocolatey brown halo in the class. Almost no head, but left a thin sticky lace. Nose of whiskey, cocoa, vanilla, toasty malts. Palate is average medium thick and alight alcohol tingle. Taste sweet, slight hop, vanilla, toasty cocoa. Abv is well hidden, and a tasty drinker.
Mora2000 (4042) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Dark brown pour with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, as well as some whiskey and oak notes. the flavor is similar. I get some maple and vanilla, as well as some whiskey, chocolate and oak. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
EithCubes (4199) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, as ’Bourbon Barrel’. Nose is full of cloying, inky chocolate with sugary grape and roast undertones, plum-rasin and very strong whiskey. Pitch pour with a light brown head. Taste is extremely sweet, thinnish light body with chocolate and prune/raisin, light caramel and earth, with a clear and specifically Bourbon finish, from the fumes to the steady, creeping warming in the chest. Faint vanilla and light grassy-spicy notes. Great to have a barrel-aged beer that doesn’t smother you with oak and vanilla. Maintains the warmth and changed mouthfeel without showing too much alcohol. Far too sweet, but this was an enjoyable drink; guess it’s true that impies really are easy to brew.
Tmoney36 (6) - - MAR 23, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thick dark head. Sweet Chocolate/coffee aroma. Bourbon, smokey flavor followed by sweetness and finishes with a smooth oakey, coffee flavor. Much less bitterness than typical imperials. Great, unique imperial stout.
LtDan (1676) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a tan ring around the edges.
Aroma: Bourbon, raisin and dark chocolate.
Taste: Dark fruit, bourbon, dark chocolate, char,wood. Very vinous.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, silky texture. Modest carb.
Overall: A bit on the sweet and fruity side for my Bourbon Barrel Impy. With that said, this should age well and is best shared amongst a few people.
italianjohn (2026) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a thin khaki head and thick striped lacing ...aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coconut, roasted malts, oak and vanilla .... tastes of caramel and roasted malts, light chocolate, coconut, dry oak, very light bourbon and vanilla .... has a nice chocolate coconut flavor with a good touch of vanilla and a bitter bite .... abv hidden well ... finishes dry oaky and chocolatey with a light lingering bitter bite .... solid bbl imperial definitely highly drinkable
budznsudz (321) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head of foam that recedes quickly. The aroma has a nice roasty character with vanilla, wood, and bourbon notes. Taste is roast, some dark fruit, vanilla, and toasted bread. Medium body with a nice slickness on the palate with average carbonation and a long boozy finish.