WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 btl. Very nice. Deep deep color, cinnamon brown head, thick and creamy. Gorgeous nose of smoke, brandy, espresso, choco. Big and rich, with lovely coating texture. Penetrating and long, well worth the wait. Reminds me of Brewdog Paradox, but bigger
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super aroma, bourbon boozieness was kept in check. Got 2 in a trade and believe this was a 2+ year old bottle minimum. May have smoothed outt he bourbon. Bright kicking acidity that gavet his brew super focus and reigned in the wild coco, coffee nose. Figured this would be big and sweet, but as all world class brews do this was focused, not sweet and had a super long finish. Worth it’s weight in gold!
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
black oily pour. coffee. mocha. bourbon. brandy . boozy. aroma is incredible. Among the greatest aromas Ive had the pleasure of smelling. mouthfeel is oily, viscous, taste is dark, chocolate, peaty, moist, intense, dank. some intense cofee notes as well, coffee bean with some milk and dark sugars. The finish lingers and is bourbon and chocolate. The bourbon is so well integrated in this. Incredible.
craftycarl21 (2302) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black pour, no head. Aroma is otherworldly- coffee, mocha, chocolate, vanilla, and booze- ridiculously nice. Flavor is absurd- lots of bourbon, wood, coffee and chocolate again- very boozy. Definitely a chalky element to the palate, but also quite oily. Finish is great, lots of alcohol and coffee grinds. This beer is awesome.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks a bit like squid ink with nearly no head. Aroma is cappuccino, mocha, espresso, bitter chocolate, and heavy cream. Vanilla bourbon notes come with further immersible sniffs. Flavor is simply incredible: masterful balance of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and creamy cocoa. Boozyness comes in near the end, but doesn’t interfere with the flavors, which retain their power throughout the quaff. Palate is thick, silky, oily, and rich. Much like a delicious chocolaty dessert. An incredible, simply masterful example of an Imperial Stout.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black with mild tan head. rich nose of vanilla, alcohol, roast, and oak. low carbonation, though a little higher than i expected for the style. some, but mild, crystal sweetness, then some vanilla and oak before some roastiness and some alcohol, which becomes a little much as the brew warms. mild yeasty esters, but a rather dry finish, especially for such a high alcohol beer, the attenuation might be the most impressive aspect of this beer. a good brew, but not overwhelmingly good. probably not worth the money
tmoreau (3053) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap for a very short time (about 25 minutes) at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL. for their Evening celebrating Founders Brewing Co.. Poured into a small trappist-type glass a dark black/brown with a thick dark tan foam which reduced to a bubbly layer and a modest ring of lacing. Served a bit cold so warming was a must. The aroma presented some powerful roasted espresso notes along with some baker’s chocolate. The flavor added to these some subtle cask wood and a nice smooth alcohol presense after it warmed. Excellent, full bodied Imperial Stout.
Oscbert (1160) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Gypsy19 for sharing!
~Pours pitch black with small thin off white head.
~Vanilla and bourbon with choclate malt in scent.
~Bourbon is dominate in flavor. Mellowed out with some vanilla and roasted malts.
~Creamy feel when chewed, but oily when drank normally. Sweet bourbon finish.
~Bourbon overpowers this beer. Maybe better if aged in the bottle for a year to mellow out the bourbon.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I really have not been into Imperial Stouts at all recetly, but I really really enjoyed this one. It was a perfect oil black pour with a nice dark khaki head (that needs a tall vigorous pour to stir up). The aroma was vanilla, oak, and chocolate. The flavor was the same but with a major step up. The flavor with the palate made it taste and feel like a nice rich chocolate milkshake. The abv. was hidden very well. IT got hotter as it warmed but was still very cozy and tasty. So smooth and easygoing. If you like imperial stouts you need to try this. If you don’t (like me as of recently) you still need to taste this.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - Pours a totally opaque black color with tiny, quickly dissipating dark tan head. Aroma is roasty, loads of milk chocolate, ash, very faint touch of burbon, vanilla. Flavor is very roasty, lots of chewy malts, notes of coffee and vanilla, with a slightly metallic bitterness in the finish. Overall this is ok, but somewhat dissapointing.