beernbourbon (1310) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by drewbeerme at Chicago RB gathering. Pour is black with a thin brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, light coconut, and brown sugar. The flavor is enormous. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, and brown sugar. It’s not subtle, but I enjoy the huge flavor of this one.
ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Slips out an inky, deep black body with a creamy-looking, beige head.
Smell: Certainly a malt-forward nose here. Big, assertive notes of well-roasted barley, unsweetened chocolate bars, charred wood barrels with lesser, subtler hints of coconut and vanilla bean. Then, for the hell of it, a bit more roast.
Taste: A roasty start with a soothing taste of melted dark chocolate and creamy blackened barley following closely behind. Moderately sweet. Thin puncturing wisp of smokiness. Vinous dark fruitiness garnished with a pinch of licorice dust. Graceful transition into the smooth bourbon flavor replete with tastes of spicy wood, flaked coconut, and vanilla. Somewhat drying, roasty, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Well, that was fairly enjoyable. A solid, powerful, well-crafted brew that illustrates the majesty, the mystique of bourbon aging.
douglas88 (6122) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2011 Bottle shared by the crew at the amazing 2010 Imperial Stout tasting in Boise! Pours a deep opaque black with a medium off-white head. A awesome bourbon barrel nose; woody, sweet vanilla and loads of complex imperial stout notes hiding underneath. A huge sweet bourbon flavor, woody, cocoa, vanilla, metallic spicy flavors (could it be hops?), sweet and not over the top. Complex and tasty. Wow. A lot of barrel in there, it is really a barrel aged blend of barrel aged beers? That’s double the barrel. Great. Re-rate: 2010 bottle thanks to Spencer. Rich, massive dark fruit and barrel. A good brew. Very rich.
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at the Flossmoor Station RB tasting, 1/16/2010: This poured a dark brown body, clear around the edges, with a tan ring on top. It had an aroma of burnt molasses, hard roasted malt, Bourbon, cocoa, and wood. Oddly, it struck me as being a bit thin over all. The flavor pretty well mirrored the nose, but it did finish fairly hot with alcohol. Okay, but not as impressive as most of the other imp stouts that I had that foggy afternoon.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from drewbeerme. Epic! Pours a pitchblack thick pour, small tannish head that dies to a corner clinging. Murky, opaque. Aromas are chocolate chip cookies, sweeter, with decent roast, light coffee, with brown sugar, vanilla, and light bourbon barrel. The barrel is nice, giving a light bourbon, vanilla and cocoa, coffee with some cookies, fairly bitter, goes down smooth with residual sweetness, cocoa, and light bitterness sticking down. Not bad, but not the hype machine it was made out to be.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of jw77. Poured black with a small off white head. Nose is bourbon with notes of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and herbal hops. Full body with a creamy mouth feel. Flavors are very clean, a touch boozy, roasty up front with notes of bourbon, cocoa, caramel, some barrel, and light peat. Finishes roasted with warming alcohol.
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Bottle shared at ratebeer chicagoland gathering. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Big potent chocolate, bourbon, molasses, and vanilla aroma. Really nice. Flavor has notes of roast, dark chocolate, maple. This was great. Great body, bourbon and maple are great compliments. Everything about this beer turned out awesome. Not overly complex, but beyond tasty. This may have been my favorite beer of the day.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chitown RB gathering Jan 2010: Bottle#561 provided by Drew, many thanks.
Basically opaque with a creamy light brown head and good lace, somewhat oily appearance as well. The nose detects a molasses like ester along with honey, chocolate, charred and toasted malt, vanilla bean, oak barrel, herbal hops, some light clove, pepper and tar. Lots of phenolic character, a bit boozy and powerful. The taste starts with a big vanilla, chocolate and molasses overtone that borderlines on being almost too much. There is also some leathery, smoky, and peppery notes on the palate as well (heck this tastes as peppery as the Hunahpu earlier). The mouth feel is aggressive and sharp, warming and a touch boozy but really works with the flavor profile. This was utterly impressive once I adjusted to it, exceeded my expections. I need to get me some of this.
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 22oz bottle from drew... Pours a dark cola brown even a little thin with defined brown edges. Thin wispy tan head mounts... Aroma of brown sugar, maple, and bourbon... Bourbon forward with very sweet residual brown sugar and maple. Thin to medium bodied. Pretty decent ba impy with the bourbon and maple.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black and completely opaque with a one finger tan head that quickly fades into a thon lasting ring. Very sporadic spots of lacing.
Slightly roasted chocolate malt aroma with a shit ton f bourbon. Perhaps the bourbon presence is a bit too strong because it overpowers the pleasant silky chocolate notes. Not picking up much vanilla or oak.
Very roasty and smokey with subtle silky chocolate notes underneath and a massive overpowering bourbon presence. Very hot at this age and needs a long time to mellow out so the other flavors can shine. A bit thin in the body with subtle honey presence but not very viscous. Again, not much vanilla and oak. This beer needs some time to mellow out and it’s just too harsh and one dimensional right now.