VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Trade from phaleslu. Thanks so much. Pours black as night with some hints of red in certain light. Head was a small, fast diminishing light brown. The aroma of this beer was amazing. Had with A 2009 GIBCS and this beer had alot more bourbon in the nose. Behind the bourbon there were hints of vanilla, dark fruits and licorice. Full bodied with some wonderful soft carbonation. Started sweet and finished with a pleasant alcohol burn. A beautiful beer.
writerljberg (468) - Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle brought to a tasting by me, via trade from Tweety. In my cellar since 2010. Consumed 6-16, reviewed from notes.
A: Iím shocked. This is deep black. I great a really nice mocha head from my pour, though, and the legs stick to the glass. Perfect presentation.
N: We drank this after running through an 06-11 vertical, and the nose is definitely PvW. It has a deep oakiness which Iíve only experienced when drinking the bourbon straight. The caramel, vanilla, and coconut also have some extra heft. Chocolate, espresso.
T: Dark fruits (prunes and raisins) Chocolate. Dismayed by the lack of roast/coffee. Caramel/vanilla. Some residual heat, but itís gotten to the point of being a nice touch.
M: Smooth, silky and viscous.
O: This is really very good when viewed outside of the ridiculous value-inflation of the beer. However, I dare say Iíd take the 2009 BCS and the BCS Vanilla over it. The PvW 23 is great to taste in the blend, and it is a deeper flavor, but itís not a religious experience, either.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a dark brown close to black with a nice brown head bubbles not much foam at all. Smells and tastes of caramel, chocolate, roasty, alcohol, soy sauce, vanilla, licorice, bourbon. Really smooth with nice licorice tastes. Mellow. light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, slick feel, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, very awesome beer. Has mellowed out nicely and tons of different plavores come thru.
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark black with a small tan head. Aroma is complex vanilla, bourbon, licorice, chocolate. Taste is sweet caramel. Chocolate, vanilla and mild booze. Very good palate, lots of heat. Overall an excellent brew.
jar72404 (426) - USA - OCT 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, oak and bourbon. Flavor is the same plus some vanilla and cream with a long smooth finish. Biggest difference between this and the original is that this is much smoother and less hot. Delicious.
wheresyourball (414) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by Steve - thanks, Iíve been wanting to try this one. Shared San Diego style, in the parking lot of a baseball game. Pours dark black with minimal head. Nose is vanilla and bourbon. Taste is very sweet vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit (I could swear I tasted raspberry). Balanced. Full bodied and smooth. Probably the best beer Iíve ever tried.
acearl (371) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black thick pour with virtually no brown head, smells of molasses, malt,
vanilla extract and of course the bourbon barrel, thick texture, a sweet bread, complex with many flavors, only negative is that it is a concentrate type of composition.
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a pitch black with a small light chocolate head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is heavenly with big vanilla, oak, chocolate brownie, bourbon, and some light cherry as well as a bit of nuttiness. The taste is sweet with hazlenut, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate brownie. The finish has quite a bit of alcohol as well as a light astringency and leaves some lingering oak on the palate. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel with low carbonation. This is a very good beer, but I find it to be a little be too sweet and boozy for me.
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft at the GTMW. Pours Black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and molasses. Flavor is a perfect balance of the above. Iíve waited for awhile to try this one and I was not disappointed. One of the smoothest Imperial stouts Iíve ever had.
Imperial_Scout (355) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
pours motor oil with thin tan head from 22oz bottle. Nose is of vanilla, bourbon, coffee. Palate is thick and full, with not much of a linger. Perfect. Sweet coffee, mocha, boubon taste. Little to no burn but there is warmth. Probably the most well blended beer Iíve had. There is no dount that this beer is special.