IrishBoy (3821) - 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 thatís a heavy breakfast!
holdenn (2080) - 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. Iím 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 Iíll drink mine fresh here on out. 8/4/7/4/15 = 3.8
adrian910ss (2348) - 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 (2491) - 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 í07 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.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade with AlohaC. Pours (at 55degrees) a thick black with only a hint of a tan head that dissipates quickly then I set it aside to come up to room temp before drinking. Thick, Folgers Coffee grounds aroma with chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Thick and hot. Bitter chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and charcoal. Dry and musty. An amazingly complex flavor. Very fruity at the end as well. I donít really care for the (almost stale) coffee in the aroma but I really enjoy the beer.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Ugsmash & OFortuna. Poured in a sampling glass, black as the proverbial cat, generating a minimal and rapidly dissipitating head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted coffee, sweet chocolate. Flavor is dominated by coffee and bourbon, with a mild roasted malt bitterness driving a long finish. Mouthfeel is super-rich, creamy & luxurious. I should have bought more and may be making a special trip today.
wxman (1414) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 Black as night; no light passes this way. Thin very dark head, like an espresso. Pleasant bourbon, merlot aroma. Whoa, tongue experiencing flavor overload! Bitter bakerís chocolate, dark rich coffee, merlot wine taste still evident along with vanilla and a mild bourbon alcohol burn after the swallow. This one is busy, maybe too much so, but excellent none the less. This is the highest overall rating Iíve ever given a beer, but at $4 a bottle I probably will buy a four-pack twice a year max.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 12 oz bottle via Mystery Swap 2.0 (thanks Cewldre & everyone who sent these). Pours a pitch black with a huge tan head that has lots of staying power. Nose is smokey coffee, chocolate, wood and vanilla, not necessarily in that order, lol...i think this may perhaps be the best aroma i have ever inhaled in a beer, lets hope it tastes like it smells! Oh and it does, with a wonderfully flush woody bourban and dry cocoa finish...ummm this is great great stuff!! Body is medium, carbonation is light/medium. Love em and leave em.