TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up by my father during his recent trip to Detroit. Thanks Pops! Pours black with a half inch thick light tan head that fades a bit but leaves very nice lacing around the glass lasting to the last sip. Nose is a lot of coffee, very similar to the regular breakfast stout. Bourbon aromas become evident as the beer warms, but for the most part it just coffee. Flavor is a bit more complex than the nose, bringing out much more bourbon, coffee ofcourse still there, a little vanilla and cocoa too. Wish it had more of a chocolately flavor than the coffee, but still an enjoyable sipper. Just not my favorite type of imperial. Will be saving a couple of these babies to see how they age.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, a gift from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!, cellared for 1 year) Didnít get much complexity from this one...Pours very very dark brown with a thin tan head that recedes to a light film and ring around edges. Aroma of bourbon, oak, char and maybe molasses. Mouthfeel sort of thick but pretty smooth, a little oily. Lightly sticky. Nice fine rings of lacing. Leaves a syrupy coating inside of glass. Taste is mostly bourbon, oak and char - surprisingly rather mild-flavored and little complexity. Also surprisingly not hot at all. The char taste lingers for awhile as an aftertaste. Maybe this is better not cellared. Left me wishing there was a little more to it.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
ab fab appearance. dark dark brown with mocha ice cream colored head. head is thick and creamy thatís long lasting. aroma is burnt dark roast espresso and thick dark chocolate syrup. kinda smells like java chip starbucks ice cream if youíve had it. flavor is very bourbon-y with dark espresso and dark and semi-sweet chocolates. the mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth considering the harshness of the aroma. like a bourbon flavored frappaccino with whipped cream and nutty roastedness. yummy.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours an oily black with an ample brown sugar head; minimal lacing. Aroma in an enticing amalgam of bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of cinnamon. Taste follows nicely with more oak, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon, without overpowering everything else. Medium to full on the palate with a a slight oily covering, nice lingering flavor. Amazing ability to be subtle and strong at the same time. Highly recommended.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
í07 bottle. pours like unrefined crude oil. about a quarter/finger head of reasonably large sized bubbles, pretty dark brown, not as nice as the regular breakfast in appearance but still beautiful. while the bottle smells of all bourbon the glass is more woody. more coffee than chocolate, but itís like a mocha. surprising and welcome absence of a harsh smoke in the aroma. no alcohol, very appetizing. flavor actually doesnít have much malt sweetness, seems like most of the sweetness comes from the barrel. thereís plenty of burnt coffee flavor under the tongue that sustain well into the finish. i think i remember the regular breakfast being a little astringent or chalky, not really getting that here. the barrel complements it really nicely without dominating it. for the style itís actually surprisingly light on the flavor, which is strictly relative. i wouldnít call the body thin, and in fact i actually kinda like the colossal drinkability. beers like this itís hard to have more than maybe a snifterís worth, but i could probably drink a couple of these.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nutty caramel whiskeyish strong coffe aroma. Bid amber head, very dark color. Flavor is really more of the same although the alcohol seems more pronounced and a bit of oak comes through. Texture is oily and full bodied. I must say that I didnít think this one lived up to the hype although it is still a very fine beer.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to RagallachMC for the bonus bottle (wow). Pours near black with a small head. Fair lacing. Aroma of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and a bit of chocolate (in that order). Taste is much the same, with a touch of alcohol. Full body. Rich and slightly alcoholic texture. The bourbon doesnít over-ride anything in this. Beautiful presentation of flavors.
Marsiblursi (2963) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2008 (Bottle, Thanks Ughsmash) Pours black. Roasted, deep aroma of dark chocolate, dry cocoa, dark malt and coffee. Also a lot of oak wood up front with tones of vanilla and bourbon whisky. Medium roasted, light burned flavour with tones of bitter cocoa, salty liquorice, warming alcohol and some coffee. Well notable oak features in the flavour as well. A bit peppery and fiery. Oily, smooth almost a bit numbing mouthfeel with a medium to full body. Light to medium bitter with a tiny sweetness. Dark malt and oak in the lingering aftertaste. Truly world class. Second try: Pours black with a small dark brown head. The aroma is heavily coffee roasted with toned of green peeper and jalapenos. Just a whisper of vanilla-like oak and cocoa chocolate hints. Dry roasted. The flavour is of aromatic, dry coffee, bit sugary and vanilla-ish oak. Light dark fruity and blackberry. The mouthfeel is oily and round. Near full bodied.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a bottle of this at Radio Maria in Champaign. Black pour, almost non-existent head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and some oak. Flavor was interesting. Some coffee, slight hint of bourbon (not as strong as the aroma would lead you to believe), kind of earthy, solid hoppy finish to it. This wasnít necessarily "hot" like some other fresh barrel aged stouts Iíve had, but I can still see this getting better with a year or two of age. Still, a very well made, well balanced beer.
LearninBeer (311) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I can smell the bourbon, coffee and a hint of cherry. The head was virtually none, brown in color and quickly diminishing. The beer pours out black. The initial flavor is Bourbon, bitter and finishes with a taste of bourbon, alcohol and a little bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy and the carbonation soft. The finish is alcoholic.