kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle-All that has been written abou this beer is true. A beautiful great black color,awesome nose,with bourbon and vanilla and coffee.Lots of chocolate,coffee,oak etc.Just an amazing and well done beer,one of my all time faves!
jimhilt (2549) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a three finger dark brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet roasted coffee nose. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, don’t detect the bourbon barrel, high ABV is hidden, almost burnt coffee finish. Nice stout. Pricey at $6.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an oily black with no head, just a little lacing, little apparent carbonation. Aroma and flavor are dominated by bourbon from beginning to end. The bourbon overpowers any other vague flavors that might be present. Not a bad flavor ultimately, but really like drinking a weak whiskey, in flavor, that is. Palate is somewhat creamy, but also a little watery for the style. Not bad, but unmemorable for a Top 50 beer. Overall, very good.
halfonit (1313) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! Pitch black color. Smells mostly of chocolate and coffee with a hint of bourbon. Taste is medium bodied and quite complex. Tastes mostly of chocolate with some very rich undertones of coffee and bourbon. Has a little bite in the end like most bourbons do, I feel privileged to have had this one.
dnstone (2524) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bourbon Barrrels do it better! A great stout to begin with and now even better. A great, strong wood flavor and smoth texture. Definately give this one a try!
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 pour was black and meduim thick tan head and lots of lacing,aromas of coffee,bourbon,vanilla, and roasted mallts taste is WOW all of the above with dark chcolates soothand just the right amount of bourbon: 8/26/14 Updated though it was the top rated BA Coffee Stout it’s has been sliding downward with many breweries out doing them at there own game, but it will always have a place in the history of the craft movement
travita (4805) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The look is very dark black with a tannish colored head. Brown tinges. The smell is coffee, dark chocolate, malts, roasty, wood, bourbon. Very nice. Thee taste is malts, bourbon, coffee, and very roasty. Good.
harrisoni (16932) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at The Rake, HogTownHarry visit May 2009. Good subtle bourbon on aroma. Black lasting tan head. Quite sharp on the aroma. Lots of bouron on end. Very choccy. Just a bit too intense to be enjoyable if truth be told.
vtafro (6418) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2013 Bottle. Oak, bourbon, vanilla and great coffee flavor in this bourbon barreled stout. Nice aroma, coffee, vanilla ,bourbon. Jet black pour with some brown head.
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle. Pours jet black. Very aggressive pour has very small amount of brown head. Head quickly disapates with no lace. Aroma STRONG of coffee. Also pick up oak, bourbon, roasted malt, alcohol, yeast. Slight hint of chocolate. Flavor instantly strong with coffee. Much more bourbon taste then aroma. Oak flavor is toned down in the back ground. Flavor gets MUCH better as it rests and warms. Full mouth feel. Lightly coats, but nowhere near what other imps do. Lighty carbonated to perfection.