mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from KnB. Pours black as night, with a beautiful 1-finger of brown sugar-colored head. Aroma is blanketed in oatmeal, almost a chocolate-chip oatmeal cookie. The first sip is absolutely heavenly. Full, creamy mouthfeel with just the perfect little amount of carbonation is accompanied by silky smooth flavors of roasty oak, oatmeal and hints of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Whereas so many of these newer BB-aged RIS are just bourbon bombs, this is a wonderful display of restraint and subtlety. Long afterfinish leaves me wanting more.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by ewestern
A wonderful imperial stout that successfully throws in a perfect mix of bourbon flavor. Probably the best bourbon barrel aged beer I’ve ever had, just because it adds to the beer without masking any of the other great stout characteristics. Also one of the few beers that I can actually taste tobacco in. A well made stout that is strong in flavor but smooth and drinkable. Nice one.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at Bev 4 Less. Nice aroma of coffee, charred wood, some chocolate on the nose. Flavors of toasted malts, chocolate, coffee and wood. Really good.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Good God this beer is fucking amazing! From the moment you pour this black stallion into your glass you’ll notice it’s alluring aroma of chocolate, vanilla, oak, licorice, and bourbon. Upon tasting this full bodied beast, you’ll notice that as you practically chew the beer, the tastes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak transport you to a magical land... Well maybe that’s the 13% abv... but it goes down SMOOTH and is just absolutely fucking delicious. I only wish that I could get more of these.
AndyReynolds (818) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with bigmmartin & ericwestern. Aroma is bourbon, oak, burnt malts, and chocolate. Smooth/complex palate. Leaves a nice roasted malts/bourbon aftertaste.
doublea (27) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ.
Chocolate, vanilla, some oak, and a nice amount of bourbon. Not in your face bourbon, but enough to add to the complexity. Smooth considering the high ABV. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
chubbz (3) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2010 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Got this at the Monterey Deli in San Francisco. Pours like motor oil. Tastes like smokey chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, finishes with lots of alcohol. Amazing imperial stout.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Back -N- Black – Brouwer’s Café – Seattle Beer Week 2010
Aroma – Dark malt roasty with tons of chocolate and coffee in the nose.
Appearance – Dark Black in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor – Thick rich flavors with that hint of tobacco along with bitter chocolate. Lots of spices. As this warmed up.
Palate – Dry Thick finish with a Nice Mouthfeel.
Overall – Big ole Impy Stout flavor with tons of flavors.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to rhertan for sharing this one.
Pours pitch black out of the bottle with light mahogany around the edges. There is a small creamy tan head that recedes quickly to a thin collar and leaves no lacing but some sticky legs along the sides.
The aroma is fantastic dark chocolate, coffee, lots of dark fruits including raisins and plums. There is also some tobacco, spicy oak and vanilla beans.
The taste is wonderful as well. There is plenty of dark chocolate and tobacco. Also lots of dark fruits, vanilla and caramel. The finish leaves a slight alcohol burn though nothing to indicate the 13% abv.
Super smooth mouthfeel, full bodied with soft carbonation. Spicy oak and tobacco in the finish.
Decadent, complex, outstanding. There’s so much going on in this one and it all comes together in one fairly drinkable package.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at Rose and Crown in My 2010. Pours with a dark brown almost black color, brownish thin head. Aromas of bourbon and chocolate and leather. Flavors exhibit mainly bourbon and alcohol not much else. Mouthfeel is good, finish has some hoppy bitterness. This is an alcohol bomb that is overrated.