GranvilleTim (1776) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour with brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and slight bourbon. No single aroma is overbearing- nice blend of all. Taste is complex- smooth roasted malt, bourbon, dryness, more bourbon, with the stout flavor charecteristics running throughout. I was afraid that this beer would not live up to the hype- I am glad to be wrong. I love bourbon, I love stout, I am happy. The head dissapated after several sips, but left a noticeable lace.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sunset Grille. Deep bourbon aroma with coffee. Coffee flavor with notes of chocolate and a bourbon finish. Very nice.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Sunset Grille. Aroma of smooth bourbon melding with lots of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, lightly roasted coffee. Flavor again a wonderful melding of the bourbon and the expected notes from the stout and the coffee. Impressed me a lot more than I expected.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a quickly receding mocha head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, light smoke, and coffee. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, red wine, pepper and spice. Mouthfeel is heavy with soft carbonation and noticeable alcohol.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of bourbon and coffee. Taste is strong bourbon and roasted coffee. No head on the pour. This is a good beer that I hope will get better with age
BelgianBeerGal (3334) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Traded bottle. Good but did not live up to the hype for me. Definitely got the coffee, vanilla and bourbon notes in the aroma and flavour but there was a really strong burnt flavour at the finish. Just nothing really exciting to me.
HolidayBeerGuy (50) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz. bottle 2009, Pours oil black, with a thin light brown head. Aroma of heavy coffee, oak, and chocolate. taste is heavy chocolate lighter alcohol than expected in the taste, full, rich, wonderful. Finishes sticky, oaky coffee reisdes on the palate. A great beer, fortunate to have had the opportunity to try.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2011 12oz bottle, 2009 release. Pitch black pour with a thin mocha head. Immediate aroma of oak, bourbon, and coffee. You definitely have to love bourbon and (especially) coffee/espresso to appreciate this beer. The coffee flavor is huge, almost more than the regular Breakfast Stout. Initial flavor of bitter coffee with hints of woody oak and bourbon alcohol. The finish is subtle chocolate and vanilla with more coffee bitterness. Let this one warm a bit to enjoy its complexities. Not a lot of roasted malts or hops. Palate is thinner than most Imperials with moderate carbonation. A fantastic, unique beer and one of my absolute favorites.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle served into a snifter. This beer pours motor oil black with a very nice chocolate head. The aroma consists of coffee, bourbon, dark fruit and oak. The flavor follows the smell. The initial taste is bourbon and then it is followed with coffee and chocolate. The carbonation is just right and not overpowering. This beer is fantastic and deserves all the praise it gets. This is a must get for anyone.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours pitch black with a decent mocha head which thins to a sudsy film. Aroma is oak, burnt dark espresso, dark chocolate, a little bourbon as well. Flavor is a semi-sweet dark chocolate with lots of espresso, smoky, vanilla, oak, bourbon is present but not overwhelming. Excellent black coffee bitterness in the finish which is pleasant on the tongue. An excellent and unique imperial stout.