jrob21 (3367) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This came from Eithcubes I believe, thanks for hooking me up with this tasty beverage man. Aromas of wood, oak, vanilla as characteristic of a bourbon aged beer. Alcohol bite at first but it gives way to a roasted malt, coffee, and most of all chocolate experience. You are left with a cocoa sort of sweetness on the back of the tongue. Tasty oak aged up front and chocolate on the finish. What more can you ask for from a style like this or beer in general?
Strykzone (6275) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A thick black substantial pour with perhaps the darkest hued head I have seen. Aroma of coffee beans, sweet chocolate, and roasted nut. Feel is thick and almost powdery. This is such a smooth beer. Flavors of coffee that is full of creamer, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and a smidge of hop all cascade to the side of the tongue. Alcohol warmth is felt but not tasted. This beer is just so easy to drink. It doesnít overwhelm like some impy stouts but definitely awes one. As good as Founders Breakfast Stout is this one surpasses it. Oak aging does such wonderful things to a beer. This is an example. It makes a terrific beer GREAT!
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super dark pour with a small, near brown head that is gone in a flash and only leaves a thin galaxy swirl atop the beer and little if any lacing. The initial aroma is chocolate. Thatís followed by mild coffee and definite bourbon. The flavor is chocolate with mild coffee and some nice bourbon. The bourbon melds nicely with the coffee and chocolate, but this beer isnít as dramatic as regular breakfast stout IMHO. I found it to be a very drinkable, very well made beer that didnít have the aggressive stance found in BS, it was more relaxed, more sophisticated. The mouthfeel was very nice and the alcohol didnít assert itself at all.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great coffe bump. nice smooth bourbon, not too heavy at all. superb coffee aromas here work great. booze is hidden nicely to0. really good brew here.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From my backlog. Beautiful pour with a tan whipped-cream head. Huge oak, vanilla and bourbon aroma that lead me into the first sip. The same in the flavour except for a nice creamy texture that gives a wonderful sensation on the palate. Decent viscosity and an odd carbonation present. A bit like Unibroue with a slight yeasty presence. Not my cup of tea here, but everything else about this is wonderful. Coffee, more vanilla, a bit of chocolate all square-dance on my tongue. Nice complementary bitterness on the backend. Very well done!
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, pours like motor oil, jet black with brown head. Head is frothy and small, and dissipated fully, leaving a small amount of lacing. Aroma is incredible, one of the best smelling beers Iíve ever encountered. Aroma is overwhelmingly coffee, with a bit of chocolate and bourbon. Taste is very, very strong coffee, with bourbon barrel wood, tobacco and slight chocolate. Mouthfeel is quite creamy with slight fizz. Excellent beer, one of the best stouts Iíve had. But itís rich and strong, couldnít drink more than one of these.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich, oil, opaque dark brown color with a small brown head. Nose of fresh coffee beans ,roasted malts , bourbon are predominant. Initial taste of bourbon splashing over the mouth topped coffee beans. Mild chocolate lingering. Mid palate to finish indeed is roasty with lots of bourbon. Balancing hop and vanilla finish. Palate duration is long and wet. The warming of the abv is good for a 10% which is well hidden.
desurfer (1276) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of sweet malts with a distinct bourbon tone. Flavor is a melding of roasted coffee, chocolate and whiskey. Dry, tart finish. Tasty!
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer reminds me of all of the pleasures of growing up in Southern Ohio. Motor oil appearance, smells like my grandpa, (vanilla pipe tobacco, coffee, and bourbon) and really warm. And like my grandpa, just gets better with age. Yee-haw! Pour me some more, pa!
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Ronald and Carita in Finland. Time for the big guns with this amazing Impie. Massive hit of freshly ground coffee and vanilla milk. Sticky head that smothered the glass with lacing. What hasnít this beer got - tobbaco, smoke, tar, coffee, liquor heat, charchol, blackboard - so many layers...
One of the best-smelling beers out there in my opinion. If I was being really picky Iíd say the bourbon added some unwelcome heat, but as itís kind of the point who am I to complain!