tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to brentfeesh. Pours ink black with small dark tan head. The aroma is unapologetic bourbon at first, enough to burn my sinuses; after a few sniffs I then get strong coffee and fudge notes, with some weaker undertones of vanilla, raisin, and tobacco. The flavor is strong oak, bourbon, and coffee. Not subtle at all. There is a little bit of raisin and plum fruitiness, and then the same cigar tobacco note I got in the nose. A little bit of vanilla peeks through with a little bit of piney bitterness toward the end, and the finish is of bitter chocolate. Over the top, but very good.
Lothore (585) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a nice black color letting no light pass through with a small, mocha head.
S- Smell has a whole lot going on. Strong coffee, bourbon notes, a sort of syrupy sweetness, roasted malt.
T- Starts off with sweet dark fruit notes and moves into a strong but balanced bourbon taste which lightens into coffee that lasts quite a while.
M- Thick and creamy with appropriate carbonation.
D- This is a sipper but honestly it is the best of the style that I have experienced. I donít put much stock in Imperial stouts but if you are going to try one, this is the one to try.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome. Black as night with a mouthfeel that is viscous and thick. Aroma of bourbon and expresso. Taste of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.
Headbanger (3500) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle(courtesy of Hopscotch)-Pitch black body with a nice small tan head and an aroma of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and slight vanilla. Taste begins with vanilla then bourbon and follows with some chocolate and slight alcohol. This full bodied brew is very well balanced. Great tasting. Awesome.
bigtaster (778) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 On tap at brewery out of snifter. This beauty pours black tar with minuscule oak brown head. Lacing at each sip. Aroma with plethora of scents including coffee, whiskey, chocolate, some vanilla. Chewy milk chocolate mixed with bourbon undertones creates a unique invigorating sensation for the palate. The thick balanced brew is a wonderful experience. Bottle conditioned for around 2 years in a proper cellar this is hard to beat.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A gift from CMUBEERMAN. Andrew, you totally rock!
Pours tar, tan head. Aroma is pretty intense: malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, pine. Flavor is similar and creamy. Pretty amazing and very well blended for the alcohol content. Aliendan says, "It doesnít make you feel like you will to sink to the bottom of the ocean" as is the case with many imperial stouts. This is an excellent beer and my highest rated so far. This is pretty damn smooth and well, pretty.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to fantomas! Heavy chocolate and coffee aromas, sweet and creamy with hints of bourbon. Pours black with no head. Rich flavors, vanilla and coffee flavors, surprisingly sweet, with hints of oak and whiskey. The 10% is well hidden. Very tasty brew!
BREWMUSKCLES (2359) - New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice and siky. a monster of a brew with heavy expresso coffee and an equally heavy cheap bourbon flavor that i can only admire. not complicated but laid down very well. great heavy duty coffee aroma. light vanilla for balance. very nice!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to the BA wednesday night tasting and the countless numbers of RBerís that have sent me a bottle... black colored beer with a long lasting brown head (orange tints). it slowly disappears to a film leaving behind some spotty lace and stays there for the remainder. the aromas of fresh coffee and chocolate hit me just before a light note of bourbon and itís woody caramel sweetness. thereís also smells of dry bitter herbs akin to licorice root skins and malt ashiness. the bourbon is so well integrated into the flavor of this. most times it ends up boozy and over powering. so, this is special... the palate is only slightly sweet and bourbon-y with the aroma played over into the flavor. chocolate, coffee and vanilla are combined with a bitterness throughout the whole experience. body is medium and the mouth feel is nothing special with the exception that it is light enough to drink an insane amount of this nectar...
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark pour, Smells of tasty, fresh roast coffee. Tastes very similar to the regular BS, but has a little bourban sweetness at the end. Not overpowering by any means. The bourbon barrell works well for this brew for sure, but coffee still dominates the flavor, and its tasty!