chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Um...yeah. Wow! Got to try this beer tonight at Clybourn on tap. Pours black with a thin tan head. Awesome aroma of coffee (and I thought my nose was plugged up beforehand), followed by bourbon, and chocolate. Thick, smooth, and very sweet. The coffee dominated the bourbon and others flavors in this beer, which I really enjoyed. The bourbon and chocolate tasted fantastic though. Best beer I have had from them in a while.
laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at GI Clybourn. Really pretty black pour. Lot of coffee in the nose with notes of bourbon. yum yum yum
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I just had to order this beer at the brewpub because the name revealed everything that can be great about stouts -- imperial, bourbon, AND coffee!!!
Luckily, the beer did not disappoint. aroma is much coffee while the tast reveals more of the bourbon character. I sensed a slightly harsh acidity at first, but that seemed to subside, giving way to a this vinous character, especially since the very slight carbonation was escaping, leaving the black liquid almost still for the last third of the snifter.
This is the kind of beer that you hope for when visiting a world class brewpub.
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at GI Clybourn on 2/9/09 and havenít seen it on since then... largely black pour, viscous with a moderate tan head....aroma had an assertive roasted coffee and sikly chocolate aroma. soft vanilla in the background. the coffee kept the barrel aspects in check... fantastic meshing of chocolate, fresh coffee beans, vanilla, and a barely noticeable wood and bourbon essence. velvety smooth mouthfeel that leaves a nice silky coating on the palate and ultimately enhances the brew even further. low carbonation also adds to its appeal. lush, decadent, smooth, and masks the alcohol well. a wonderful treat. i hope that it comes on again soon.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at GI Clybourn. Poured into a snifter at the brewpub, beautiful black with dark brown head. Nose is intensely fresh roasted coffee. There is some minor vanilla notes in there as well, but surprisingly the coffee holds up to the bourbon. On taste, it is intensely coffee once again, but the bourbon and vanilla come through as well, leaving you with a taste of a vanilla latte or something. Body is super rich and the base beer is fantastic, with raisins and chocolate behind the coffee. Overall, another great IS from GI.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich black pour with just a wisp of tan head. Dark roasted coffee, bakerís chocolate, fennel, and Bourbon greet the nose. The coffee dominated the flavor with only subtle notes of Bourbon, nuts, and chocolate. Much enjoyed this.
mmcdowell3 (13) - USA - OCT 15, 2007
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
very disappointing beer. The malty aroma was OK. But this beer tasted very...well..yuk. The coffee flavors were annoying and overdone. If you like cold coffee that has sat in the pot for days..you will love this beer.
stevehousebeer (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2007 does not count
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
I donít see what all the fuss is about with this beer. On the possitve side the beer looks good and has a rich malty aroma, but on the flip side I thought the flavor was out of balance(too much malt) and the mouth feel reminded me of thick maple syrip ( I know I spelled it wrong) This beer just was not for me.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the FOBAB 2006. Giant aromas of expresso explode out of this dark brew. The taste is dominated by the same coffee flavors and only slight hints of the Bourbon barrel it was aged in. Not as complex as I would of liked and a bit one dimensional but still really good. Oh, it seems Iíve knocked it out of the top fifty... let the crying begin...
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice big Impy stout. Subtle bourbon flavor. Big coffee and chocolate on the nose and tongue. Nice brew.