bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into a Grumpy Troll snifter.
AROMA: Bitter chocolate, vanilla, dates, roasted notes, and alcohol.
APPEARANCE: Dark black, very little head - brownish in color.
TASTE: Chocolate - more on the dark and bitter side, vanilla, dates, brown sugar, dark fruits, plums, and roasted malt.
PALATE: Nice mouthfeel, full bodied, creamy, and soft. Bitter chocolate finishes that resonates on the lips and roof of your mouth.
OVERALL: Poured this one with tempered expectations. Regardless of the hype around this one, this is a pretty good beer! By the way, I enjoyed this while eating Portilloís chocolate cake - one heck of a great combo!
BOLTZ7555 (2602) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ebony pour with only a small tight ring for a head. Cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar and molasses...nose definitely subtle compared to the flavor. A bit sweet...kind of cloying. Actually not a fan.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown. Chocolate, metallic notes. light espresso. Flavor is lightly tart, chocolate, espresso, roasted malt. Not bad.
Rando7 (672) - Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours thick brown-black with nice tan head. Aroma dark fruits, roast, cocoa. Big sweet taste of malts, licorice, cocoa and dark fruits. Palate thick and oily, a little sticky with medium carbonation. Bittersweet finish with alcohol burn and minimal hops. This is a big, sweet imp stout. Luckily I like big sweet beers, but this wonít be for everyone
arminjewell (5231) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Caleb, nice dark black pour with a white head. Aroma has notes of vanilla, nuts, chocolate, some dark raisin and fig. Taste has notes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, booze with some slight coffee and roast, slightly sweet and roasty finish.
JohnnyJ (3904) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at tasting. Black pour, with a medium sized tan head. Dark roasted malt, cocoa, notes of dark fruit, molasses, and licorice. Good, but not great, there are better options easily available.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste of medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter finish.
andyhwcinc (1261) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A friend of mine got this on tap at Goose Island Clybourn at Rare Stout Night, and I had maybe a 0.5oz sip of this. Maybe itís not a proper amount to do a proper rating...but this stuff is hard to find and I figured it may be my only shot at reviewing, so here it goes! Appearance pitch black with very thin off white head. Aroma mostly malt, maybe a faint lactose backing. Taste super rich, huge in lactose notes, kind of has a sour undertone which is actually pretty good. It has that boozey flavor but doesnít have the kick in the back end. Also has somewhat of a dark fruit/plum flavor as well. Pretty complex and somewhat easy drinker. I approve.
blklab2007 (1781) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle poured a dark black in color with a big hefty one finger head that had good retention. aroma has dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and so dark sugar sweetness. mouth feel is thick and oily with low side carbonation. flavor has loads of rich roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, bitter chocolate, and some anise or licorice. this is such a big thick beer but not up to many of there other stouts.
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle
Another imperial stout from Goose Island means another chance to try a top notch beer. This one is not quite in the same ballpark as the Bourbon County series but still great. I wish I would have been able to try more than a few ounces. Assuming this is still on the shelves I may have to trade for a full bottle to get to know it better. Hereís to hoping that they can keep this up while being owned by InBev.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep murky black body simmers with a trace of carbonation. A tan soft head was like a pillow dipped in mud. Heavy legs creep down the sides like sheets of rain down a window. Warm cocoa, coffee, and chocolate are the main participants. Along for the ride are also smoke with a brightness that is a little unusual for the style (at least among ones that I sampled recently).
Flavor / Palate - Truffles are thick as if somebody melted a stick of bakerís chocolate and poured it into the bottle. Black coffee, licorice, and Starbuckís liquer cling to the throat. Well balanced and smooth for being 11% ABV this is a world class imperial stout. It would take some time to chew through a whole bottle but I think I would be up for it on a quiet evening.