aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Acquired through trade with brewblackhole. Pours an opaque black with high viscosity. The head is a creamy dark brown, which disappears quickly. The flavor is unimaginably complex in that there are bursts of molasses, chocolate, coffee, and ALCOHOL. The palate is very smooth, creamy, full and thick, with the consistency of oil. It finishes with a warm sensation caused by the alcohol and a very slight bitterness. This is truly an outstanding beer.
emacgee (3749) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Obtained in trade with brewblackhole (many thanks). Pours the blackest of black brews, allows absolutely no light penetration. The darkness is complete, like oil. The head is nonexistent, with brown patches showing up in places. Leaves a brown creamy film over the glass. The aroma is very sweet and very complex. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol. Absolutely complete and perfect aroma and appearance. The flavor is also extremely complex. There is so much going on in this beer that its overwhelming. Chocolate, molasses, alcohol, vanilla, oak. Amazing. The palate, is full, thick, velevety, smooth. The finish is full and warm. An amazing beer.
zsb19 (151) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours like thick black motor oil with a thin tan head the fades quickly. Aroma is sweet malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Palate is thick syrupy and velvety smooth. Upfront taste is chocolatey with a touch of coffee. Follow through is sticky sweet with tastes of oak and alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and sticky with bourbon and oak. Very complex with a lot of flavor. Very heavy stout that should be savored.
Beer4000 (4118) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark black body with rust red head. Strong aroma, alcohol, oak, roasted malt and vanilla. Complex flavor, dried fruit, coffee, wood and some vanilla. Long, sweet and warming finish. Nice stuff.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Thanks to friends. This is one of the best stouts I have had in a long time. The aroma of vanilla and smoke is out of this world.
TheSchmagler (6) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2006 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The craziest flavors I have ever tasted! One minute you get vanilla, the next you get bourbon, then chocolate, then vanilla again, then something that I have never tasted before.
It took half of the 12oz botttle for my taste buds to acclimate to this amazing beer!
Juelze (1129) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Wow, I never thought I would be able to taste this beer. Pours out like dirty motor oil with a nice dark brown head that fades quickly. You can tell in the pour that this is going to be a monster of a brew. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses and some caramel. The taste is amazing with bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, smoke, some mild fruitiness and caramel malt. The bourbon plays an important role but isnít dominating as some other "bourbon enhanced" beers. Instead it plays very nice making this a memorable stout. The mouthfeel on this is very creamy but also a bit oily. Their is a slight alcohol burn in the finish but aside from that itís very well hidden. This is one complex Impy stout and Iím glad I finally got my hands on a bottle.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 Bottle dated 08/16/05. Via trade from a ratebeerian but Iíve forgotten whom. Pours thick and black with a very slight head thatís a deep tan in color. Chocolate and bourbon aromas with notes of caramel and cotton candy. THE Flavor is bourbon, tobacco, oak, raisins, black strap molasses, cherries, fennel, roasted malt and even a pretty high hop presence. This is one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Thick mouth feel. Slightly hot. Thick, sweet, roasted malt and bitter finish. Holy Shit!
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - 8-16-2005
After picking this up during the summer and trading one away, I thought I would give it a try. The next batch is out and I wanted to know if it was worth picking up again. After having it, I have to say not. I may sit on the remaining two bottles for a while to see if they calm down but this was one hot beer. Still, even an average imperial stout is better than most other beers.
Aroma / Appearance - The nose was a nice texture of oak, vanilla, plums, cocoa and smoke. Further investigation revealed chestnuts, mocha and caramel. It was a little thin for a Top 50 imperial stout but still quite complex and enojyable. The pour was deep black with the thinnest of mocha colored heads. The lacing left remnants all the way to the end of the glass, leaving traces of the level as it dropped.
Flavor / Palate - Plums, raisins, anise, smoke and a huge bourbon note infused my mouth. There was a trace of coffee after everything but the bourbon faded. It was a hot ride for a while probably due to the aging in bourbon barrels. Towards the middle of glass, as it warmed, I detected caramel, hazelnut and a vinous mouthfeel. At the end it took on chocolately tones. Overall it was extremely tasteful but the bourbon was just too overwhelming. Unlike some bourbon barrel aged stouts where it highlights existing flavors, this one supresses and dominates.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 12 oz bottle via footbalm (thanks Eric!). Pours a midnight black with a small tan head. Nose is oak, bourbun, espresso and anise. Taste is the same with some molasses and vanilla. This is the best oak/bourban berrel beer i have had to date. I typically despise them. So many of them taste too much like you are licking the wood off the barrell. This one is done right though. Reminds a little of Barley Johnís Dark knight Returns...Full body. Yummy stuff.