MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to RagallachMC for the bonus bottle (wow). Pours near black with a small head. Fair lacing. Aroma of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and a bit of chocolate (in that order). Taste is much the same, with a touch of alcohol. Full body. Rich and slightly alcoholic texture. The bourbon doesn’t over-ride anything in this. Beautiful presentation of flavors.
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2008 (Bottle, Thanks Ughsmash) Pours black. Roasted, deep aroma of dark chocolate, dry cocoa, dark malt and coffee. Also a lot of oak wood up front with tones of vanilla and bourbon whisky. Medium roasted, light burned flavour with tones of bitter cocoa, salty liquorice, warming alcohol and some coffee. Well notable oak features in the flavour as well. A bit peppery and fiery. Oily, smooth almost a bit numbing mouthfeel with a medium to full body. Light to medium bitter with a tiny sweetness. Dark malt and oak in the lingering aftertaste. Truly world class. Second try: Pours black with a small dark brown head. The aroma is heavily coffee roasted with toned of green peeper and jalapenos. Just a whisper of vanilla-like oak and cocoa chocolate hints. Dry roasted. The flavour is of aromatic, dry coffee, bit sugary and vanilla-ish oak. Light dark fruity and blackberry. The mouthfeel is oily and round. Near full bodied.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a bottle of this at Radio Maria in Champaign. Black pour, almost non-existent head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and some oak. Flavor was interesting. Some coffee, slight hint of bourbon (not as strong as the aroma would lead you to believe), kind of earthy, solid hoppy finish to it. This wasn’t necessarily "hot" like some other fresh barrel aged stouts I’ve had, but I can still see this getting better with a year or two of age. Still, a very well made, well balanced beer.
LearninBeer (347) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I can smell the bourbon, coffee and a hint of cherry. The head was virtually none, brown in color and quickly diminishing. The beer pours out black. The initial flavor is Bourbon, bitter and finishes with a taste of bourbon, alcohol and a little bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy and the carbonation soft. The finish is alcoholic.
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Bottle shared by Odeed, Thanks Jake! Nose of dark kona coffee, bourbon, and dark chocolate; Black with cherry edge highlights, small tan head; Flavor of bourbon, bitter coffee, woodiness, and chocolate; medium body with a slightly bitter and alcohol finish. Very good, much better than the BA Old Raspy that followed. 4/12/07 9/4/9/4/18 4.4
12 oz bottle from Pantanap 4/25/10 Nose of roasty coffee and big dark chocolate along with some light bourbon. Murky, thick and black with a one finger cinnamon tan head that laces lightly. Flavor is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of bitterness in the finish. 9/5/10/4/18 4.6
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong aroma of bourbon, malt, and chocolate. Pours black with a brown, bubbly head. Thick mouth feel. Flavor of bourbon, smoke, chocolate, caramel, coffee. Holy crap that’s a heavy breakfast!
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 12 oz bottle sampled thanks to drewbeerme. The elusive brew, I missed it at West Lakeview and on my travels to another shop my car broke down. Certainly I thought God did not destin me to drink this, but alas andrew comes through. Thick black in appearance with a tan ring of a head. The aroma is not dominated by bourbon as I though but mostly, toffee and coffee. Chocolate and stale cigarettes come through as well with surpisingly no bourbon in the nose. Creamy and a medium full body. Toffee, chocolate, coffee are the strong flavors with some light bourbon undertones that barely come through and complement it pretty well. I’m surprised how balanced and drinkable this is for a bourbon imperial especially at such a young age. Well done founders, just make more of it next time. 8/4/9/4/17 =4.2
I wish I dated this but its a year or two old. Pours a dark black with a beige ring of a head. Nose is bourbon all over. Alcohol with a touch of ashy malt and dark fruits. Syruppy body. Alcohol, roasted malts that have that ashiness. The alcohol and ash is a little much here, but a dose of roasty bitterness provides some relief before the finish. Still decent, but I’ll drink mine fresh here on out. 8/4/7/4/15 = 3.8
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a thick black motor oil color with a small brown head. Complex aroma of roasted coffee beans, rich chocolate, vanilla cream and bourbon. Taste is a very rich combination of roasted coffee beans and chocolate with vanilla bourbon hints. Very nicely done and the bourbon flavor is not overdone which makes it pleasurable to sip.
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle fron Ughsmash. Pours jet black into the glass. Strong bitter coffee aroma seems to dominate. Light vanilla and bourbon. Smells alot like a flavored coffee. Sweet chocolate and coffee up front. Some vanilla, then moving into some bitter coffee and bourbon. Only a touch of woodiness. A touch of alcohol. No wonder stouts dominate the top 50, there are some damn good ones out there. Awesome.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful black beuty! Had this on tap at black party ’07 at Founders Brewery. The aroma is STRONG bourbon and choclate which is matched quite accurately in the flavor. It gets a little overwhelming when it warms up, like pure dark choclate melted in bourbon. The body was thinner than I thought was appropiate but overall one of the better beers that I have had in a long time.