krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours B-L-A-C-K. Thin almost non-existent brown head that disappears fast. the nose is coffee, big time, like fresh ground beans also has some chocolate molasses and wood notes. chocolate coffee vanilla and oak dominate the taste. palate is near perfect, thick and rich without compromising drinkability. Hops are solid playing a supporting role here, only appearing on the finish and just enough to cut through all that sweet sticky stout. i could spend all day just smelling this stuff. awsome.
hapjydeuce (950) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Me and Jared each had a bottle to ourselves for this fantastic tasting. Drank this one out of a big snifter, what a massive aroma! Heavy bourbon (nearly overpowering), complimented by craploads of molasses. Minimal dark brown head, but poured like thick crude oil, nice and velvety. Flavor was very well balanced between the molasses, vanilla, coffee and excellent oak & bourbon finish, complemented by a bit of black cherry flavor. So thick, the brew left legs on the walls of my snifter glass. Taste lingers forever, the palate is extremely chewy and soft. An absolutely fantastic imperial stout, and looking forward to trying one again!
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Re-rate on 10-11. The aroma on this one blew me away...it wreaked of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, and loads of bourbon. Flavor is much of the same. This is just a great stout - big, bold flavors combine with a rich and robust nose... all this coupled with an extreme ease of drinkability, which rounds out this great concoction. So smooth and balanced to the utmost degree for such a big beer. Yum!
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2007 Rerate 11/14/07: 6 month old bottle this time instead of nearly 2 years. Significantly thicker palate, more assertive, round and luxurious beer. Bourbon is noticeable but contained. Could definitely be a lot more roast. A very nice beer, but still donít see this as top 50 worthy. 7/5/7/5/3.7
5/28/07: 9/3/5/3/3.2: Bottle from TAR. Iím pretty sure this is the new batch, so only 3 or 4 months old. Aroma is fantastic. What a tease. Pure, rich, luxurious chocolate and vanilla, oak and coffee, rich all the way through. Actually, it doesnít smell that good anymore, but that first whiff was heaven, so Iíll leave it at that. Pour is very black with a small beige cap that fades to just a tiny ring. What is this I taste? Nothing, you say? Perhaps. Perhaps up front. And then bourbon. Bourbon bourbon bourbon. Why is this beer in the top 50? Or number 4 on BA? Am I crazy? Do I have a bad bottle? Itís not bad, per se, itís just so one dimensional. So boring. Some people seem to like the thin palate ("drinkable," Iíve seen) but I think it is just weak. You canít put this beer up against Speedway or DL or even Storm King. Or itís little cousin Breakfast Stout, for that matter. Itís just... not well made. Iíll definitely have to give this another shot, though; I just canít believe that this is the best this beer can be.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma dominated by oak. For the flavor, imagine that you have passed out after a night of drinking bourbon and you wake up face down, with your tongue out on an oak deck on which someone had spilled their coffee. But in a good way.
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to bdigi66, Is absolutley the best bourbon stout I have ever tasted!
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2008 Pitch black pour with little to no head on it. Some of the finest espresso bean aroma hits you right off the bat. A faint bourbon linger sneaks up on me like a some crazy ninja would, being very subtle but lethal. Viscous mouth feel that holds tight throughout. A malty, brown sugar and vanilla start finishes into fine coffee/espresso with just enough of a bourbon taste that doesnít overpower it. Very fine brew, Iím just pleased I was able to get my hands on a couple of bottles. 9-5-9-5-19
Re-Rate: Draft at the brewery pours a pitch, midnight black with a medium-sized rocky, tan head. Mild bourbon aroma hits you immediately followed by a mix of dark roasted malt, espresso, dark brown sugar and chocolate. A sweet vanilla bean taste imparts itself upon my mouth and is backed by a smooth chocolate and coffee essence. Notes of the bourbon come through on the finish. Just Phenomenal. 10-5-9-5-19
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 2007 bottle. Dark brown-almost-black color with short medium tan head. Aroma reminds me of a strong cup of french vanilla coffee with a hint of bourbon. The taste is quite similar, although I pick up a subtle sweetness, a stronger bourbon flavor, and chocolate. It is rather light on the palate and is very satisfying. Would work well as a coffee alternative (for a more exciting work day...). I prefer this over the regular fouders breakfast stout.
Note for 2009 batch: After tasting the latest release, I found that the flavors and aromas of coffee and the accompanying bitterness are much more pronounced, with less vanilla. It is still an excellent brew but I prefer the previous batch.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very darl brownish black. Rich, strong coffee aroma. Bitter flavor with hints of oak and bourbon, very subtle. Big alcohol presence, full bodied. Excellent.
Zeswaft (1393) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow, fantastic, absolutely fantastic. smells and tastes like giant chunks of chocolate. Subtle flavors of oak and bourbon that compliment this perfectly. if i didnít have to pay $9 for it in PA iíd love it way more.