ilovedarkbeer (2698) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to dukefan. Nose is oreo cookie, coffee, cigarets, mud, vanilla creme, and chocolate graham crackers. Taste is dark chocolate and smoke. Medium thick mouthfeel.
thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2010 ( 12oz bottle thanks to dukefan) Pours almost black, coats the glass and good lacing. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon here. Taste has the bourbon for sure with dark chocolate and a roasty linger to finish it off. No bitterness left on the palette, this is thick and delicious. Nutty and cola notes round it out.
blutt59 (6450) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to dukefan, black color with deep brown touches, tan head, great coffee and malt aroma, flavors are coffee and bourbon with a little heat from the alcohol
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Punkrkr27... Pours pitch black with a mocha head.. Aroma is fresh ground coffee and earth(dirt).. Flavor was coffee, espresso bitterness, dark malts and vanilla.. Low carbonation, thick and smooth..Didn’t pick up very much of the barrel aging in this beer but still quite awesome.. Thanks again Steve!
Cavie (4222) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to dukefan for this one! #900 for me! Very dark brown pour. Wow. Very dark and thick. Smoky and woody. Lovely aroma. Huge tingle on the palate. Ashy finish with a heavy coffee ground taste. Very tingly. This is very well done!
nearbeer (4726) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 12 oz. Chocolate black with a small but lasting disc of foam. Nose of smoked Baby Ruth candy bar: chocolate, charred mesquite, vanilla, peanuts and caramel. Taste is the same with some added whiskey and vanilla. Medium-heavy body is dangerously smooth, watery and drinkable. Some bits of peppery alcohol warming on the finish.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 Room Temp:Black liquid. Bigger than expected head which fades to a clingy,ring of lasting foam. Overwhelming coffee aroma. Undertones of the bourbon aging, and chocolate. Not much really. Smooth as silk texture. Rolls over the tounge. Upfront dark fruit,chocoalte malt and wood. Heavy ashy,coffee,bourbon flavor follow. Finish is lingering balanced malt and wood from the bourbon aging,with a bare hint of vanilla. I’m guessing this is about a 8-10 month old bottle....Suprised for all that’s here it’s pretty balanced out and real tasty. Also,not near as sweet as expected. As it opens a bit the ashiness goes away a little. A somewhat one sided aroma and heavy ashiness really are the only negatives here. Maybe not the most complex malt profile,but ... Overall this is a strong,but very creamy,easy to drink stout with a tasteful bourbon barrel aging.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to bret27. Black with a tan head. The aroma has dominating coffee, mixed with plenty of oak and alcohol. Hot flavor with a little bourbon, wood, and coffee. Medium-full body with some tannic, woody astringency and alcohol burn in the finish. A blast of flavor, with a cool mix of coffee and bourbon that works a little better than in the aroma. The mouthfeel definitely brings it down though, with too much astringency and alcohol. This is one that I can see liking a lot better with a good deal of age on it to soften things.
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Brewpub. OUT OF THIS WORLD!! so so nice in a sniffter, black with some beigeish foam. nose is oak, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Flavour is this and more. wish it was still in bottles but tap was fantastic.. this is the ber i was given when i told kevin my bartender "I was in his hands"
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
birthday bottle thanks to mar. poured black with a copper head and some nice lace. aroma was very upfront with coffee and chocolate then followed by subtle hints of bourbon and vanilla. flavor was lots of chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, licourice, coffee, and dark roast. body was thick with low carbonation. very good imp stout and one heck of a good beer. thanks mar.