bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a small spare tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, lightly smoke sausage, and vanilla extract. Flavor of roastiness, malt, cocoa, and bourbon with a dry finish.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 11/29/2006
Mode: Hand Bottled
Appearance: black, wispy tan head,
Aroma: strong roasted malt aroma that morphs into a note of sweet bourbon,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: flavor has a lots of vanilla sweetness, nice roasted character, well blended bourbon with the roasted,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Tmoney99 (9596) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Founders.
Poured black color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted malt, chocolate, woody cherry and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted sweet woody flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet smooth finish of moderate to long duration.
Another standout brew.
Sammy (7715) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Served too cold I thought. Dark brown. Full mouthfeel. Chocolate stout. A sipper, above average mouthfeel.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 2005 Great Taste of the Midwest: Pours a rich opaque black with a dark tan/light brown head. Aroma is rich and bourbony with dry roasty, sweet dark chocolate. Body starts sweet malty and full with lots of bourbon and roasted malt balance. Nicely complex and very enjoyable. Another great Founders brew!
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ypsilanti sample. Pitch black pour, elevating a foamy tan head that lasts surprisingly well. Beany, fennel reminiscent roasty and vegetal nose offers a lot to think on. Light yet sufficient carbonation, full bodied, well done in that regard as barrel-aged impies tend to be pretty thinned out. Pleasant and obviously well brewed, yet frankly, I’d rather have the regular imperial stout. This tastes pretty much as the commercial description puts it, in other words, I don’t see what sets it apart from another bourbon impy, oily and sweet with great doses of hampering roastiness, ponctuated by woody vanilla suggestions. While the malt appears well extracted, but coffee imparts a rather raw vegetal feel and and at the same time enhances the cheap alcohol feel which is really too bad as the "barreling" was not overdone.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MiBG Fest 2005: Now we find out it was the Bourbon Stout so I have moved my rating...
One of the must have beers and it didn’t disappoint. Those coffee and mocha characteristics still shine through the nose. The barrel aging is done nicely, adding to the beer and not overpowering the orignal flavors and aroma. A touch of vanilla and oak add to the rich coffee and chocolate flavors with a minor undertone of crisp bitters. The feel is oily and lush, not heavy at all. A knockout once again, beergeek worthy indeed!
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color. Medium to small sized tan foamy head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a hint of bourbon and oak. The hops are earthy. Very smooth taste. Nice balance. Hides the alcohol very well. Hints of vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled draft at the brewpub (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a near black opaque pour with some browning edges, small brown head that dies to a film yet laces pretty well. Aromas are a nice melange of roasted malts, coffee, oak and light bourbon and vanilla. Very nice despite the summer temps. Initial is smooth, with it dominating the front end oak and vanilla, moving into chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of warming alcohol. This is a lighter BA’d brew, but it works very well, making it easily quaffable without too much booziness and the flavors still shining through the oak. Finish reminds you of the booze, smooth oak, and sweetness. Faint bitterness, very nice. Cheers!
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Founders Brewhouse in July 2009.
Pours a deep black with a rich, high mahogany head. Plenty of lacing is it goes down. The smell is uber strong with plenty of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a slight woodiness. The same notes come out in the taste, with a little bit more of the barrel-aging present in the taste. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, yet still quite creamy. Alcohol is hidden well. Drinkability would be the one drawback, as it is quite good, but nowhere near as good at making me compulsively sip as something like CBS.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-05-2009