shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep rich brown color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, oak, sweet vanilla, oak, some cinnamon, plum, and bourbon. Flavor is chocolate, oak, sweet vanilla, roast, bourbon, plum, and an oak drying bourbon finish.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bomber, #554/694, with a big thanks to brentk56! Pours a dark brown/black with a large dark brown head that lingers. Aroma is rich vanilla, bourbon, oak, cocoa, chocolate, and light caramel and ripe dark fruits. Flavor is quite nice, with big notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate, bourbon, and lesser notes of caramel and dark fruits. The bourbon is just a touch strong to keep this from being at that next level, but quite nice just the same. Thanks again Brent!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque brown in color. Small lid of tan bubbles. Scents of brandy, port, caramel, toffee, light roasted malt, raspberries, and coconut. Flavors with sweet, lightly burnt malt, honey, roasted almond, some tobacco and some herbal hops. A bit of sour-mash in the background. A bit too acidic at times, assuming from all the roasted malts. A great end of the evening type brew. Thanks for sharing Matt!
yamar1221 (40) - USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer and great session c.t. This beer put out a strong, baked chocolate aroma with hints of bourbon. Pours a caramel head with a deep, molasses appearance. First tastes had a real warming mouthfeel to it with a smooth, roasted vanilla flavor with hints of espresso. Ends with a singe of bourbon and notes of roasted chocolate. Bad ass brew worth every penny.
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased the Bottle at the release in Winston Salem at the Foothills brewery $20 a bottle. Used this bottle to get all my friends to come to my house for the Christmas day session. Pours a black beer with a big tan head. Aroma is very oaky and wiskey smelling, due to the way it was aged in the 23 year old burbon barrel. Flavor is roast, smooth vanilla chocolate and a coffee ending with a bitter dry lingering aftertaste. Pure awesomeness
RCL (2029) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #141. Big chocolate and bourbon aroma. Flavor is just lightly sweet, with baking chocolate and charcoal. Needs a little time to integrate until it is truly epic.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 141 of 694. Pours a dark brown black with a nice tan head. Strong alcoholic bourbon aroma with plenty of vanilla, dried cherries, and mocha. Flavors of bitter coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malt. The finish is quite bitter with a huge dose of black coffee and leather. I wish that a bit more of the sweet flavors would persist through the finish. This is a very interesting beer but it just doesn’t reach the same heights as other top BA stouts...
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 100th rating! Merry Christmas to me! Cheers to the guys that made this and to the ones who were in attendance for the release with me. This beer is just fantastic. Poured really dark but not quite black. Nice lasting, thin caramel head with average lacing. Aroma is packed full of goodness. Theres caramel, molasses, malted chocolate, vanilla, honey, bourbon and other deliciousness. Taste comes in reeeeally smooth. Buttery smooth as it covers the palate. Roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and honey coming in at the end with some sweetness. The beer is just smooth, not overwhelming on the bourbon, bold on the front but sweet on the back, and just fantastic overall.
zathrus13 (1628) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit, smoke, chocolate, and caramel. Medium, mouth coating body. Outstanding!!!
zizzybalubba (1155) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle purchased from Foothills at the release on December 12, 2009. Pours black with a thin tan head. Incredible dark chocolate and bourbon vanilla aroma. Absolutely everything I expected from the aroma. Excellent vanilla, espresso, dark chocolate, oak, and a hint of booze in the flavor. At first I didn’t notice this, but as I drink more I do notice some of the honey sweetness that I wish had been left out. Still, this is an absolutely world class Imperial Stout.