bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Goodness amazing. Pour was so dark black with tanish head. Aroma was of oak bourbon coffee and a roasty/smoke. Flavor was much the same and to my drinking pleasure the bourbon didn’t take over like some other aged beers. Amazing beer
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled 10/7/07 courtesy of kenb. Very woody on the finish . . . obvious bourbon-barrel presence, but I didn’t find a whole lot else. Licorice on the scent, and very fumey.
alexanderj (3382) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small sample, so I hope to rerate in the future if I get a chance. Color was black with light brown head. Aroma was of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor was a very good coffee flavor, one of the best I have had. Hints of bitter chocolate, bourbon and wood. Very good example of the style.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Pours Thick and black with wonderful tan head. Coffee, vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Flavor follows suit just add some coffee, oatmeal, and oak. Calming vanilla finish
Beerdedone (2870) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at state line liquors. Pours black with a creamy small brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Full bodied and very smooth with flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, oak, borbon, and a hint of molasses with a nice bitter finish. Thanks robert A awesome imp stout
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from iowahekeye in June 2007. Thanks.1 Pours with no head and small bubbles that fade fast. Pitch black color. Swirling, it seems thin. Strong smokey, toasted and oak aromas. Maybe even a bit of bourbon aroma, but it may be the toasted oak confusing me. Medium body. Not dry, but not sweet either, hmmm. Alchohol is well hidden. Lots of flavor of raisins, coffee, molasses, and a little roasted grains. Gets better as it warms up. Excellent beer even though I’m not a big fan of smoky.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short, one of the best Imperial stouts ever brewed. Tried on tap at the brewery.
Smooth blend of rich roasted malt, oak, and bourbon flavors creating a robust, stately, gentleman’s drink. Subtle flavors abound, to complex for description. Clean palate, with a great decrescendo finish.
jbird73 (10) - orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An interesting brew good aroma with strong hints of oak and coffe with like a sugary taste. a little bit of a tangy after taste though
Dorwart (2412) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slick viscous body. Minimal head that disappears quickly and no carbonation. Lies lifeless in the glass. But wait, there is life. A pungent aroma slowly climbs out of the glass and wafts across the room. Rich and powerful. Roasted malts, strong bitter coffee, light alcoolic notes and raisins. Color is black with a light crimson ring around the top in a strong light. Strong and flavorful. Lots of coffee and roasted grains hit you up front. Light alcohol presence is masked in all of the flavor. Brown sugar, molasses and carbon mixes in mid swallow. Burbon is present in just a touch and melds very well with the other flavors. Finishes a little dry and bitter. Big and powerful brew but amazingly easy drinking. A top notch impy.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big thanks to hopscotch for bringing this one along so a few of us could have our first chance at tasting it. Black pour with light brown head. Very dark looking brew. The aroma is huge with coffee grounds first then burnt malts and hints of a barrel age odor. The taste starts with burnt malts and bourbon. Then the coffee starts to take hold followed by alcohol and wood that deliver the taste experience to the finish. Into the after taste I get sweet caramel, molasses and more coffee. Wow, this beer has a huge flavor that just punish the palate into sweet sublime submission.