greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A gift from an uber-cool friend in Chicago (who will hopefully be brewing professionally soon - keep an eye out for Robey Street Brewery, they will be one to watch). I think this might be my first ever 10/10 award for aroma. Thereís just so much going on here, I could never get sick of it, and canít imagine any way it could improve. I get vanilla, chocolate, roasty espresso, rough but pleasant booze, darting hints of raspberry, peat smoke, and many other things I canít pick now. The aromas mix and change with every sniff. In the glass, itís a beautiful thing. Jet black, with a dense coffee-crema head which fades to a caramel coloured lace. The flavours are a mouthgasm of flavours, similar to, and supporting the massive nose. New things keep appearing - rose petals, rummy brown sugar, and fresh cream? The palate is a tad "thin" - well, thin for a beer that smells and tastes like this, and perhaps I only think so because Iím comparing it to the syrupy Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island (rating to come). Itís perfectly adequate though, but hey, no beer is perfect, and the mouthfeel is the one part of this beer which could be better. Still a stunner by any measure.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a bp gulf oil black with almost no foam. Aroma is a very strong and pleasing mixture of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste is very heavy on vanilla, chocolate and good quality bourbon. The initial taste is very sweet and smooth on the palate. However, the bourbon provides a noticeable but smooth burn on the aftertaste as you exhale. The body is definitely very full bodied. If you are a fan of strong imperial stouts and bourbon, like I am, then this is definitely the beer for you.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUN 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
pitch black with little head, it has a huge aroma of roasted barley with a strong accent of coffee. the flavor is chocolatey and vanilla, finishes dry.
planky84 (2875) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Jet black pour with a light brown creamy head. Gently dissipates. Lovely aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, caramel. Warm, inviting flavours of dark roast coffee, oak, toffee, smooth bourbon, cinammon. Robust taste. Fierce alcohol burn. Dry as a bone finish with a sweet malt infusion. One to take your time over.
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2013 Bottle. to my face. Pours pitch black body with nice small brown head, and long lasting lacing throughout. The aroma is ridiculous coffee, chocolate, and slight bourbon. Mouthfeel is perfect, velvety and creamy. Itís like thereís a party in my mouth, and everyoneís invited. Strong notes of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, wood, vanilla and god. You can feel the alcohol, but nothing in the actual flavor.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. 12 oz. James and I each had one of these beauties. Pour is straight, deep, jet black with a one-finger, amber, lacy head. Aroma of cocoa, dark chocolate, honey, freshly ground coffee beans, caramel, roast, sweet malts, bourbon, and hints of cream. Full bodied with a luciously velvety, rich, luxuriously complex bitter-sweet palate. Not a trace of alcohol in the flavor, but an amazingly smooth warming in the back of the throat as it finishes. Overall, one of the best stouts, Imperial or otherwise, that I have ever tasted. Outstandingly crafted and executed brew. Awesome.
malrubius (2608) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Superstar Huntington in snifter. Pours viscous black with dense brown ring and lace. Bourbon wood chocolate coffee vanilla aroma with a hint of alcohol. Rich coffee chocolate bourbon vanilla dark fruit plum wood with surprisingly fruity finish and mild lingering roasted bitterness. Extremely complex. An excellent sipper. Iím not a big fan of added vanilla. Canít vanilla hints come from nice wood aging?
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with a nice head that quickly fades. Sweet bourbon smell. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt underneath. God that coffee smell is good - itís like a fresh brewed cup. Taste is heavy bourbon (but not overdone), roasted coffee, vanilla, and a bit of a burnt malt on the finish. A very special beer,
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to DosBeerigos for sharing this one with me. The aroma was big and complex. The first thing I got was alcohol burn in the nose. Second was barley, malts, and bourbon. I got a little of the oak on the back end but not too much. An amazing beer all around.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6835) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2015 Sampled on draft at Smokiní Joeís this beer poured thick and black with a large foamy dark brown head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was strong bourbon, sweet brown sugar, malted milk, vanilla, cocoa and coffee. The flavor was sweet bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, malted milk, coffee and cocoa with a hint of hickory underneath and moderate notes of fruity and floral hops. The finish was insanely long cocoa, coffee and bourbon. Full bodied. There is a moderately strong alcohol presence that pervades this beer but somehow works. The beer just gets better and better with each sip.