koleminer20 (2460) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by Spencer. Thanks! The pour is a nice black with a lighter khaki colored head and a decent lace. The aroma is a little plainer than the Buffalo Trace that was just enjoyed. There is a pretty good bourbon element to it. Good vanilla and chocolate, but the nose just lacks. The flavor is definitely hotter than I was expecting. Good light roast. Some light chocolate present. Lingeringly bitter. Heavy bourbon. The mouth feel is light but well carbonated so it comes off creamy. I'm a fan of the Buffalo Trace a bit more, but it's good. Aftertaste is lingeringly smooth and bitter.
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Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Bottle. Nice malty aroma a with bourbon and vanilla. Smooth heavy feel on the tongue. Easy drinking. Nice malt, caramel and vanilla flavor. Excellent! Wish I had more.
mstrcrwly (987) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle poured into a tulip..jet black with a fluffy tan head..aroma of booze,coffee,roasted nuts..thick,boozy..little too boozy even after being aged 3 yrs..but not bad.
jrob21 (3434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 sample at HMOG 2015, if you can follow that. Whiskey aromas. Bit of the same on the flavor. This is a good series of beers. Not knowledgeable enough to pick out the barrel of each but it is a well made barrel aged beer. Spice alcohol drowns out the base beer a bit. The base does give a little body to the overall drink.
Habanero (4035) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa. dark chocolate, bourbon, soy, vanilla and wood. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with bitter notes and alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Impy.
chrisv10 (15289) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Purple Wax). Almost black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, sweet, liquorice, hop, oak and medium bitter.
Camons (10201) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a creamy brown head, lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is malty, caramel, dark chocolate, little coconut, vanilla, oak, bourbon, some alcohol. Medium body, oily mouthfeel, warming alcohol in the finish. 170215
saxo (16772) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Højbjerg tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, wood and hops. Nice and full bodied.
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Bottle in my hotel room. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy rich dark malt, roast and chocolate character with prunes, whiskey, light oak, licorice and earthy hops. Flavor is rich dark malt, chocolate notes, oak and vanilla with peppery whiskey, dark fruits, earthy hops and light bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. Fairly substantial but not hot or cloying.
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 Got a bottle of the Vanilla Bean edition and rated it here by accident, so I naturally bought a bottle of this to give a proper review. Pretty meh compared to the vanilla bean barrel with coffee edition, has tons of roasted malt and chocolate flavours but instead of delicious coffee and vanilla I get a standard woody flavour from the barrel aging. Definitely an excellent stout, but this wasn’t special enough for the $35-40/bottle price tag (the Vanilla Bean edition was for me).