TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Sheffields (Chicago, IL). Pours a dark opaque black pour. A decent frothy head sits atop, darker brown, dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are rich roasty coffee, espresso, vanilla, roasted malts and Bourbon spirit. This has a huge roasted coffee and espresso feel. Initial is roasted coffee, sweet toffee, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, decent barrel, the coffee covers it up some, the Bourbon feel dies back a bit. Oaky. Chocolate chip cookies, biscuits, chocolate coffee cake, good roasty and coffee bitterness. The espresso element is stronger on the nose, more of a rich beer in the actual body. Roasty, bitter, a touch of smokiness (but not meaty), more ashy with good roast and coffee, a touch of heat from the Bourbon. More vanilla, more espresso in the finish and aftertase. Black Cat is a doozy of a coffee, strong and rich, and it is reflected in this beer. Rich roasty coffee, espresso, barrel, and chocolate chip cookies if I needed to sum it up with a touch of smoke and warmth lingering. Glad to have bottles of this.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Nose is full of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, slight sweetness. Flavors are the same as the nose as well as rich coffee flavors, roasted malts. Love the strong bourbon flavors. Slight boozy but not too bad. Also seemed a bit thin. Good brew overall.
Ratman197 (13266) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of coffee, bourbon, oak, bitter chocolate and roasted malt with a smooth dry lingering roasty coffee finish.
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks Dak! Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, malt, and vanilla. Flavor is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and alcohol. Creamy, heavy body. This is really top notch. I must have more.
dnstone (2650) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Smells like a super rich brownie with slight coffee tones and heavy vanilla and charred wood tones. Thick with a complex chocolate, roasty flavor with a finish of vanilla, coffee and wood...nice alc finish. Pure black with a ring of tan head.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 mL bottle from Discount. Pours nearly jet black with generous tan head. Smells first and foremost of lots of bourbon with maple syrup, coconut, alcohol, and not to be forgotten coffee. Has similar flavors with the bourbon being the dominate force, but packs a pretty big alcohol punch. Semi-sweet chocolate finish with the lingering bitterness of coffee. Leaves a nice burn in the end. Probably needs to mellow a bit before I would call it great. Still really good though.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black with medium brown head. Immediate coffee, hardwood and vanilla nose. First impression at Taste is the creaminess, almost milky sweetness, a bit of floral hops, a faint amount of alcohol and burnt sugar, a nice finish when a bit of dry closes things off and prepares you for the next sip.
Sledutah (7019) - Utah, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from wavers1 in a trade
Appearance: Pours a thick black with a medium sized brown head, some lacing and nice legs coating the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, bourbon, woody, chocolate and coffee
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate with some hot alcohols present
Very nice Imp stout, I think it needed some more aging to mellow out the alcohols. But very good the way it was.
douglas88 (8397) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle thanks to Craig- alias Sledutah. Pours a totally black color with a medium brown colored head. A sweet nose of coffee, milky notes, roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla. The flavor is very drinkable and tasty; huge milky roasted coffee, vanilla in the finish, roasted malts, and light bourbon. Very tasty and amazingly drinkable. A creamy palate.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown, black in the glass. Small, fast decreasing brown head. The aroma is fantastic - tons of yummy coffee and “round” bourbon. The coffee roast is almost gravel-like with notes of green bell pepper and other green pepper fruits. Typical bourbon tones - oak wood, vanilla and some coconut. Bit booze. The sweet and chocolaty malt blends well with the dry coffee. A whisper of over ripe “earthy” dark fruits. Some resinous hops alongside a touch of spicy brown sugar and wet tobacco. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet (almost cloying) and near medium bitter alongside a tiny, tingling acidic note. Tones of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, sweet soy, light dark fruits and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is oily and round but a bit too sticky for my liking. Buttery bourbon finish. Light carbonated. Near full-bodied. An enjoyable beer, too bad it is too sweet.