RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle thanks to HogTownHarry. Pitch black pour with a small tan head. Tons of chocolate on the nose accompanied by coffee and a small amount of roast malt. Taste is very sweet: chocolate, blackstrap molasses, coffee and marzipan.
This was a bonus bottle that Harry was kind enough to present to me. Thanks for a wonderful beer! Absolutely beautiful.
Only thing is that you canít drink too much of it unless you have a big sweet tooth.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely expensive 4 pack of bottles. Pours very black but with red highlights to it, smells strongly of bourbon and dark chocolate. The flavor has some very nice chocolate and coffee notes to it and the mouthfeel is pretty creamy, but honestly this beer is far too "hot" for me at this stage. I set the other three bottles to cellar and very much look forward to drinking and re-rating probably around christmas of 09.
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pours a viscous black with minimal head. Aroma is dominated by bourbon and chocolate. Insanely smooth mouth feel. Strong flavor of roasted chocolate, warm coffee, and sweet bourbon. This is one very full beer and a hell of a sipper. All around a killer BA stout.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty awesome. This must be the darkest beer Iíve ever poured. This beer takes extreme beers to a much higher level. An amazing strength of flavors. Considerable amount of alcohol warmth.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ive had this a couple times and this is a great bourbon stout.Bourbon presence and chocolate vanilla and some oak as well.Smooth but does pack some alcohol puch. If you are a big stout fan like myself this is a must try for you..
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 Bottle, $5.99. This was my treat on vacation in Ojai. Appears jet black, thick, and with little head. Aroma features rich oak, grape jelly, Muscat, and an overriding fruit-candy sweetness. Palate is full-bodied and creamy, finishing long long long! Primary flavor notes maintain dark fruit, bourbon, and licorice. Certainly not your everyday Impy Stout experience! Overall, this is a real after dinner sipper. It is extraordinarily powerful, in both flavor and alcohol. I find myself done after 8 ounces. 3.6.
Update 1/1/09: 2008 bottle: lotta bourbon, sweet dark candied fruit, charred wood. Palate remains distinctive: thick, syrupy, tastefully carbonated, long finish. Flavor has black cherry, dark raspberry chocolate truffle, bourbon. This is actually delicious, which was not my thoughts last year trying this fresh. Flavors have mellowed, more chocolate has emerged, boozy finish has turned pleasant and complementary. 3.9.
luttonm (4719) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2011 2007/12oz. Deep, mirror black. sheen, no head even after a 12" pour. The night had me whimpering before this, but it was an incredible, memorable nightcap. Bourbon on nose, Bourbon taste. Fresh and incredible. Deep chocolate, espresso and hot. Unbelievably good. So much bourbon and so much taste. Not balanced but why would you want it to be? Extreme in the perfect direction, Iím enchanted.
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 On tap at the Ginger Man in nyc. Was a great beer that knocked me on my @$$ at the end of the night, still actually could taste the bourbon flavor the next morning.
Furseth (2101) - Kungšlv, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: (Thanx to Otto Lundell) Black colour, allmost no head. Aroma of raisins,dust,Viny(caramelly) Dark Choclate. Flavor is allmost the same here. Big body, and a long bitter/Choclate/Coffee finish. Nice
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a thick syrup like opaque black body with a dark brown heavy head that rises slowly. The nose is fully of woody, oaky sweet notes and caramel and candied sugar. The roasty burnt coffee is is harder pick up, but lurks in the background. There is a woody acidic alcohol burn that hits the pallate first that almost has a hint of sourness. That is quickly overwhelmed by the velvety smooth, almost sticky body. The alcohol soak is heavy and deep on the back of the tongue. The flavor bursts with notes of burbon, oak, coffee and chcolate malts. Truly a complex mixture with each aspect fighting to reach the taste buds first. I swear this beer was so good that I could still taste it the next morning, and craved its flavors two days later, like a smoker going cold turkey.