JoePeesie (878) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bruiser of a coffee stout at 13%, this beer is definitely best fresh if you want to enjoy the big coffee flavor, but takes on a more balanced subtle life after about a year. Of the two choices I prefer it aged.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Snifter.
Appearance: Almost black with thin brown head and light lacing.
Aroma: Booze, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, licorice and molasses.
Taste: Tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans that have been soaked in bourbon. The chocolate and coffee are augmented by molasses, anise, roasted barley and a big blast of alcohol. Tastes like a less boozy and bourbony version of the standard Bourbon County, with just a dash more coffee.
Palate: Ridiculously smooth and creamy with low carbonation and a nice warming finish.
Overall: Somehow the addition of coffee tempered this beer and made it even better. Just a perfect way to end a night. Superb.
harrisoni (14126) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Bottle on Angs birthday. Thanks to Scopey for this. Black. Lots of coffee. Thats pretty good. There is some alcohol on the finish. Very malty and coffee on aroma. Thats pretty big. Not too subtle or balanced. Its good but yes too big. Some vanilla comes through from the Bourbon still. Too alcohol hot on the finish. Could I drink a whole bomber of this? I doubt it. Having more and intense flavours doesn’t always mean having better flavours. Thanks for allowing me to try it though Paul.
Doodler (313) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bomber. Lovely coffee nose as it pours into an Avery snifter. Seriously dark black color with small tan head.. Notes of roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon flavors up front and finishes with rich espresso taste and chocolate sweetness. Mild carbonation and oily mouthfeel. Nice stuff. This would go great with french toast....
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours viscous black with thin swirling brown head. Great mouthfeel. Nice mix of coffee and sweet smokiness from the bourbon barrel. A good all night sipper.
orangesol (913) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Deuane for busting this one out for us to try.
A - Pours midnight black with a nice one and a half finger tall brown head leaving light rings of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of rich bourbon, fresh brewed coffee grounds, dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some dry oak tannins. This one is all about the bourbon and coffee.
T - Starts off with a big dose of warm bourbon quickly giving way to a mix of rich coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and some dryness from the oak tannins. I heard the coffee was dropping off in this one, not in this bottle as it still has plenty to go around. The alcohol is ever present but never really gets to the point of being overpowering. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light bourbon heat, lingering for some time.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, boozy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish. The alcohol is still pretty strong in this one.
O - Damn this is still one of my all time favorite coffee stouts. The combination of rich coffee and warm bourbon is just so damn good together. I am glad I still have a bottle of this one in the cellar.
BigBeer45 (1272) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 22 oz. Bomber stored for about a year before sampling,
this Impy had a black pour with a small tan and coffee colored head, this ale is dark/opaque but I see small strings of flowing bubbles at the sides of the glass when held up to a light, this beer left a few spots of lacing on the glass, there was a very thin film of sediment on the bottom of the bottle,
there were aromas of bourbon with various liquor notes and chocolate, roasted malt and roasted coffee, there was faint vanilla in the background,
the aroma was very nice, rich, the coffee was an accent to this drink and was not too overbearing like I find some Coffee Imperial stouts,
no alcohol aroma except the bourbon,
the flavors were bourbon liquor, syrup and dark sugar sweetness, roasted malt, chocolate, with some coffee in the background,
there was a little bite from the alcohol/bourbon liquor, rich on the palate and it got sickly sweet on the palate, the bourbon becomes a bit much as the glass warmed up, and the coffee flavor was hardly noticeable,
the mouth feel was full and had gave a creamy feel.
This Impy had a really nice aroma but the flavor was a bit on the sweet side, I found the coffee was more noticeable on the nose than the palate, this ale would be nice for a evening sip or a night cap on a cold night but it was sweet, less sweet would help and I would have given this a higher score, I think this beer needs more bitterness to help counter the sweetness, as the glass warmed up to room temperature, I had a hard time drinking it with all of the sweetness, I was a little disappointed with this beer.
JulienHuxley (3460) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to pantanap. Black pour with foamy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, scotch/bourbon, molasses, sea salt, some coffee notes but they are very tame. I thought the aroma were closer to a nice scotch from the Islay than a bourbon. Taste is sweet, molasses, some anise, a bit of coffee - to me it tastes as though the coffee bitterness just takes the edge off the bourbon sweetness BCS usually has. Palate is rich and smooth, nice alcohol warmth. Excellent.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep black with little to no head. Aroma has hints of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Flavor is about what you expect. Coffee, bourbon and chocolate. The flavors are really balanced. Really liked this beer.
HandofMidas (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
By this point the coffee had faded a good deal, leaving behind what is one of the best bourbon stouts around anyway, though tamed down and more integrated. The heat is more then some would request, it is integrated nicely, with that hint of roast and loads of dry chocolate.