glennmastrange (2666) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of molasses, dark chocolate, and strong coffee, light resin and earth for the hops and yeast, with background notes of bourbon, smoke and dried berry. Head is small, fizzy, light brown with fair slippery lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown, almost black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is full, syrupy and has a soft carbonation with a moderately to heavily alcoholic and lightly sticky finish. This Imperial Stout really is great for any occasion. Full and rich, perfect for morning, day or night.
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of bourbon barrel aroma and taste here, but never overpowering. Coffee and oatmeal really standing out as well. Long lasting flavour. If you like bourbon, coffee and roast, you’ll definitely like this and if weren’t for the fact it’s so hard to come by and its price tag, I’d be drinking it all the time.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma is huge and full of sweet bourbon, chocolate, coffee, light roast, and coconut. Flavor shows the same and in a BIG way. This was a young bottle and at this point in its life, it seems as though none of the flavors feel like taking the backseat. Each sip was a pleasure, and I look forward to trying this one again in the future.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(shared courtesy of Walter!) Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and bourbon. Taste is sweet with bourbon notes and roasty bitterness. Full bodied with creamy/slick texture. Finish is roasty bitter and a big alcohol burn. A really nice beer that I’d love to have more often. My biggest issue is that it was very hot and this particular bottle was from March 2010. This would be more enjoyable if it were aged longer so it can loose some ’heat’. This will be a re-rate.
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours just like motor oil with a thin, brown head and a small amount of lace. Can’t even see through this thing! Smells HUGE of oak and whiskey, with hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Not much alcohol, but very pungent otherwise. Taste is rich and sweet, with a light bitterness. Huge oatmeal chocolate cookie taste with the vanilla and a light hop coming through. The bourbon really comes through on a second sip. Finishes crisp with a bit of astringency, and lots of lingering chocolate and bourbon. Wonderful.
Luckyhank (32) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a beer! Pours black as a moose’s tuckus at midnight on a moonless prairie. The aroma is intoxicating, with strong hints of bourbon and sweet undertones. The taste is smooth and understated, almost to a fault, which is one of the beer’s few (slight) imperfections. But all in all, a great, drinkable stout.
ErikvW (10) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a bottle with Jeff. Thanks Jeff. Loved the look of it. The aroma almost a little burned coffee, a little bourbon and some hints of vanilla. The flavor exploded in my mouth! Fantastic! Extremely smooth, nice bitterness and a very nice vanilla aftertaste. One of the greatest stouts I’ve ever had
icculus304 (3) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from Beer Baron - Livonia (bought it in March 2010). Snifter. Pours deep black with very little head. Nose of vanilla, coffee and alcohol/bourbon barrel. Very balanced taste. Smooth and creamy mouth-feel with a nice bourbon finish. Great beer!
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell the toasted barley. The appearance is almost a deep burgundy. Pours thick and black. Tastes of coffee, plum, and a caramel finish. Delicious!
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle shared by jsprime. pours dark brownish black, slightly thin looking, small tan head. looks like their breakfast stout. aroma: coffee, chocolate bourbon. flavour: chocolate coffee bourbon. very well constructed, super easy to drink. the type of top 50 impy stout that actually deserves it.