stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian, thanks to Faro99 for sending this to me. Pours black with a thin cola colored head. Aroma of vanilla bourbon, and oak. The flavor is moderately sweet, oak, vanilla, roast, molasses, bourbon, alcohol warms as it goes down, and traces of hops in the finish. Excellent.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured jet black with brown head. Strong aroma of bourbon and coffee with some chocolate and vanilla hints. I could smell this all day. Extremely strong alcohol taste with bourbon, coffee, and chocolate hints. Also some fruit present. This brew is definately made for sippin.
theisti (3062) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 12 oz. bottle from tjthresh. Bottled on 070306. Pour is all black, with a tiny khaki head that vanishes all most instantly. Almost completely still. The aroma is strong, didnít even need to lean in to get roast coffee, licorice and some hop bitterness. Definitely get the bourbon and oak in there as well, even some heat. Tons going on already. Taste is absolutely enormous, big black licorice in the start, semi-sweet coffee / big roast through the middle and a gigantic oak (wood) / bourbon / alcohol finish. Truly overpowering, and a bit much, really. Tons going on in the flavor, but really didnít come together for me. Iíll give this another go if I can get a bottle with some age on it.
fozapd (33) - Burlington, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Part bourbon, part stout....two great tastes that go great together. OK_ seriously this one poured a thick black colored body with no noticeable head. My wife commented it looked like motor oil (to me that was a positive). The taste was incredible. A nice strong stout as the backbone with a strong flavor of bourbon! This one was very enjoyable, but not for anyone who is timid around dark beers.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ EBF, 2/2007. Oh. My. God. Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some slight vanilla. Flavor is incredibly powerful, with mocha and chocolate notes in the front battling the bourbon notes that come out later. A strong, heavy, complex beer that pulls no punches. Definitely tasted like a highly alcoholic beer, but well done.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a light film that quickly developed into a small brown head. Roasty aroma, chocolate and coffee. Starts slightly bitter, ends with some sweetness. Alcohol is noticable.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 12 ounce bottle poured an absolutely black beverage with a small mocha brown frothy head that was completely gone in less than 2 minutes and left no lacing (of course). The aroma was a rich pungent mixture of dark dried fruits, caramel, coffee and cherries. The body was very full with a soft carbonation and a thick, oily texture. Talk about a meal in a glass; I almost had to chew this one!. The flavor was very impressive starting out bursting full of sweetness that lasted throughout the long finish accompanied, at the end, by a nice smooth alcohol warmth in the chest.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost pitch black with a small head. Very powerfull and well balanced. Roasted and malty with notes of dark fruits and berries - coffee and bitter chocolate - and also a hint of alcohol.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to hatchy for picking this from my wants list up for me during his travels to Chicago. Pours a deep motor oil black with a medium creamy/bubbly deep tan head that left some bubbly lacing. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, woody, roasted malts, dark chocolate dipped cherries, hints of oxidation and hints of smoke. Flavor of vanilla, nuts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, lingering smokiness, some bourbon, cherries. Really like how the flavor lingers into a roasty/toasted malt sweetness. Alcohol well hidden by all the malty sweetness. A top Imp Stout!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottling. Aroma very woody,light bourbon notes. Poured a dark swirling black although reminded me of cola. Flavor was very nice, vanilla, oak, dark malts and just a tinge of sweetness. Palate was silky and smooth though not overly thick. Overall, Iím very satisfied that Iíve tried this several times and waited to rate it.