rajendra82 (930) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Received from BA orbitalr0x as part of BIF 33, this much anticipated beer came in a stubby bottle with a label design reminiscent of bygone time. When poured, the deep brown opaque body aided by a mocha colored, one finger thick, foamy head was inviting and imposing at the same time. The aroma was heavily laden with dark roasted coffee and freshly hewn oak. I took a half a point off for the smell being a little too acrid, and lacking either the chocolate or dark fruit undertones of other imperial stouts. The taste was naturally coffee driven as well, with the Bourbon barrel aging providing a smoother, and drier feel than was expected in a stout of this strength. The vanilla like oak tannins and the substantial hop and roast grain bitterness came through much clearer towards the end of each sip, before being subdued by the eventual warmth of the peppery ethanol. The mouthfeel was abundantly thick and just a hair short of chewy. The hefty punch of alcoholic strength made this a fine late night digestif, but detracted from the drinkability a little. If you drink this at breakfast, call in sick and go back to bed till noon.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 Pours thick and opaque black with a minimal tan head.
Complex aroma gives off lots of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and a touch of roasted malt.
The flavor follows the aroma. The bourbon is nicely done, not overpowering but present. The chocolate and coffee support the bourbon nicely.
Good enough to remain on the wants list. Thanks to Dough77 for this one.
blankboy (5735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black as the pits of hell with a small creamy light-brown head. Fantastic aroma has lots of roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, some oak, bourbon and more -- nice and complex. As for the flavour, oh man that’s delicious! Big flavour of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon with a lovely roasty and bitter finish with some alcohol. Nice full body and creamy mouthfeel, it goes down incredibly smooth. This is simply an out-fu@$ing-standing Imperial Stout! I need to get more!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled at DLD, i believe courtesy of sprinkle...poured a jet black, head was light colored and fizzed away quickly. the nose was outstanding, soooooo much coffee, mixed with some vanilla and bourbon. nice full body and thick mouthfeel, sweet flavors up front, the bourbon and some chocolate, the tail was very much like drinking a very strong glass of black coffee, and that was the lingering taste and bitterness that was left at the bottom of the glass. another excellently done BB beer where the bourbon doesnt just bury everything else.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(04.15.06) 12 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 10% ABV. Poured opaque black with small white head. Soft carbonation. Roasted coffee nose. Full bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and mixture of smoke/roasted coffee/chocolate/raisin flavors. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Finished with lingering bitterness. Rich, creamy and smooth. Well-balanced. Definite alcohol warmth. Full of flavor, this is one amazing stout.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, very dark brown in color, opaque, minimal brown head, medium lacing, aroma of coffee with a touch of bourbon, Taste of chocolate and coffee with a lot of body, finishes with a hint of bourbon and alcohol, the bourbon taste seems to be explosive but doesn’t really evolve. it’s a smoothness that’s hard to explain. i’m not a huge fan of bourbon barrel beers but this one gets my vote.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Absolutely opaque, black with a dark brown head that collapsed quickly. Aroma of freshly crushed coffee beans with a saturated, caramel sweetness and raw milk. Flavor is extraordinary. Very dense, dark fruit, caramel, milk, coffee, cherry liquor, and the promised vanillan, American oak. The flavor extends deeply beyond what the more unidimensional(in context compared to the flavor) aroma promises. A great finish to an evening, but soo rich this should have been shared with a friend.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this twice in one day at the Dark Lord Day party. The barrel aging was far less than the Dark Lord which IMHO made this a much better brew as I could still taste the Imperial Stout qualities. Vanilla and oaken bourbon yeah but still a shitload of complexity not droned out by the BA-ing.Molasses,bitter chocolate and coffee just all teamed up on the tongue to proclaim victory over the mighty Dark Lord.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with short brown head. The aroma is dominated by an earthy woodiness from the bourbon barrel. Also, strong notes of coffee and milk chocolate and lighter notes of vanilla and bourbon. The flavor is rich with coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Nice bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly clean mouthfeel with a medium finish. Very nice.
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thx to px2grafx. Poured a dark oily body with a small tan head. Minimal lacing on the glass. Initial aroma was a blast of bourbon. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak were all here. The bourbon influence was a little overdone, but it was still very enjoyable. Never woulda guessed 10% ABV. Didn’t know what to expect after the Breakfast Stout, but this was hella better. The coffee has been muted, so perhaps it was good to have all that bourbon flavor.