darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a rich charcoal black. Nose is tobacco, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Complex. Its lacking something I can’t quite put my finger on. I think its just a matter of needing a year in the bottle to make it all come together. Flavor is absolutely fantastic for a bourbon lover like me. Vanilla, smoke, leather and dark fruits meld with a hint of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Sweeter than the Hell and Damnation 666 I had earlier and lacking that beers exquisite balance, but still an amazing beer. This is so tasty and while its got a bit of heat, it doesn’t even register as close to 13%. Another fantastic beer from Firestone Walker. Masterful barrel blending on this beer.
Sledutah (4666) - Utah, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by footbalm, thank man
Appearance: Poured black with a small tan head with some lacing left on the sides of the glass, nice legs that stick to the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, oak, bourbon and chocolate
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel of chocolate, vanilla with a slightly bitter finish
Very nice Imperial stout. The alcohol is very well hidden.
douglas88 (5936) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Eric! Pours a totally black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is huge licorice, charcoal, fruity dark malts. The flavor is initially just a load of sweet candies, especially licorice, chewy, very hot, bitter chocolate and perhaps some metallic hops fight to the fore, not much bourbon. Very enjoyable. It mellowed as I drank it and was less sweet, more rich oil can.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big imperial stout. Piny hops on the aroma with notes of roast, chocolate, and coffee. Very sweet and chocolaty. Slighty creamy with bitter finish and tons of alcohol. Too overpowering to be enjoyable.
joeneugs (3193) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with a creamy brown head that dissipates to a thin layer in less than a minute. The aroma is chocolate, nuts, bourbon, vanilla, wood, prunes, dates, raisins etc... The flavor is extremely hot and boozy with lots of charred wood, chocolate and raisins. It goes down a lot like straight bourbon. Huge alcohol burn and very bitter. Hooo daddy! The bourbon barrel aging is nicely integrated and it’s not too sweet. On the down side, put me in the camp that thinks this needs at least another year or two in the bottle to settle down a bit.
jtclockwork (8254) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Pours black with a tan head. Some loss of retention. Nose is light bourbon, oak, velvet smooth melted chocolate and hint of licorice. Taste is out of this world smooth. Very full mouth. Melted Chocolate, light licorice. hint of ultra smooth no burn bourbon, oak and other subtleties. World class beer.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Jimbowood. A very thick, very black beer with a nice tan head. The aroma is charred, chocolate, tar, bourbon, vanilla. The taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, wood and crackerish. It’s very creamy on the palate and the bourbon flavors are their but more subdued compared to other BBA beers leaving this one a little more balanced and not a bourbon bomb. And is layered with flavors and has a nice charred chocolate taste with a low amount of carbonation. Keep in mind this is a very sweet beer and it’s sweetness starts to show up more as you finish your glass or 22oz. bomber. A barrel aged beer for the barrel aged lover.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This rich dessert of an Imperial Stout extends blackberry esters, bourbon, dark chocolate and raisins onto one of the smoothest and wealthiest bodies found in the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam crowns the brown-edged blackness.
-Apart from the wood’s contribution, the nose doesn’t have that much to offer.
-The contemplative finish incorporates wooden barrel notes to an alcohol splash, perfect to cut through the amazingly oily mouthfeel.
-This may not be one of the most complex Imperial Stouts out there, but it achieves its goal magnificently.
On tap at the brewery tasting room.
CampesinoTino (757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 Bomber. Aroma is an intoxicating blend of mocha, vanilla, roasted malt and bourbon. Appearance is charcoal black with a thin milky layer of light brown head. Excellent lacing throughout the glass. Taste starts off with big and bold roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors followed by creamy caramel, vanilla, espresso and black cherries. An oaky bourbon flavor is also present in each sip. Mouthfeel is silky, creamy and slightly syrupy with low carbonation. It finishes sweet and roasty with a pleasantly warm alcohol finish. The barrel aging process definitely enhances the rich chocolate and caramel malt flavors. The oak and bourbon flavors also add additional layers of complexity. It would pair quite well with a rich and creamy chocolate dessert. This is an exceptional Imperial Stout that would taste sublime after being aged for a few years.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Bottle Barn, $12.99 I believe, and no date--maybe a little over a month ago? Black body with a couple finger tan head, fair retention. Lots of chocolate and bourbony vanilla in the nose, followed by some light butter cream and oatmeal. There’s also some solid underlying roast. Flavor is pretty hot with lots of bourbon., added juicy raisins, still has the butter cream notes and whatnot. Finishes semi-dry with bitterness at a 4, fairly boozy but very tasty. Light to moderate carbonation with a thick full body. Just a good tasty hot bourbonated imperial stout.