halfonit (1259) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! Pitch black color. Smells mostly of chocolate and coffee with a hint of bourbon. Taste is medium bodied and quite complex. Tastes mostly of chocolate with some very rich undertones of coffee and bourbon. Has a little bite in the end like most bourbons do, I feel privileged to have had this one.
dnstone (2398) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bourbon Barrrels do it better! A great stout to begin with and now even better. A great, strong wood flavor and smoth texture. Definately give this one a try!
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 pour was black and meduim thick tan head and lots of lacing,aromas of coffee,bourbon,vanilla, and roasted mallts taste is WOW all of the above with dark chcolates soothand just the right amount of bourbon: 8/26/14 Updated though it was the top rated BA Coffee Stout it’s has been sliding downward with many breweries out doing them at there own game, but it will always have a place in the history of the craft movement
travita (4576) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The look is very dark black with a tannish colored head. Brown tinges. The smell is coffee, dark chocolate, malts, roasty, wood, bourbon. Very nice. Thee taste is malts, bourbon, coffee, and very roasty. Good.
harrisoni (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at The Rake, HogTownHarry visit May 2009. Good subtle bourbon on aroma. Black lasting tan head. Quite sharp on the aroma. Lots of bouron on end. Very choccy. Just a bit too intense to be enjoyable if truth be told.
vtafro (5256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2013 Bottle. Oak, bourbon, vanilla and great coffee flavor in this bourbon barreled stout. Nice aroma, coffee, vanilla ,bourbon. Jet black pour with some brown head.
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle. Pours jet black. Very aggressive pour has very small amount of brown head. Head quickly disapates with no lace. Aroma STRONG of coffee. Also pick up oak, bourbon, roasted malt, alcohol, yeast. Slight hint of chocolate. Flavor instantly strong with coffee. Much more bourbon taste then aroma. Oak flavor is toned down in the back ground. Flavor gets MUCH better as it rests and warms. Full mouth feel. Lightly coats, but nowhere near what other imps do. Lighty carbonated to perfection.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured very black, dark chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilla, roasted malts, little bourbon.
Ratman197 (11778) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Daknole poured a nearly opaque black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt,m light oak and light bourbon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light vanilla, light oak and a hint of bourbon with a smooth warming lingering roasty chocolaty finish. A very tasty Impy Stout but I like a little more Bourbon flavor in my Bourbon Barrel Stouts.
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at the Founders tap room. It was dark and late at night so I could not fully evaluate color or head. Served in a snifter at proper temperature and it had a great aroma with the hints of Bourbon that mix nicely with chocolate and roasts. Flavor was excellent with subtle bourbon, a bit of chocolate, some curants and roasted malts but my current standard for an Imperial Stout is the Goose Island Bourbon County stout and though this is excellent, falls a little short of the Goose Island. Excellent beer.