Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle) Pours an inky black with just a trace amount of a dark tan head, that soon faded away to nothing. Aroma is very nice with some vanilla, wood, bourbon, and chocolate. Upon warming though the alcohol really dominated on the nose. Flavor was nice chocolate and vanilla with a lingering lightly roasted/wood finish. Softly carbonated with a thick mouthfeel. This is an excellent beer, and I can only imagine it would improve with aging.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 Sampled during Manhattan Blind IS Tasting: So looking back on my notes I really liked this one. Nice and heavenly. Probably what I was waiting for all day. Smooth, rich and delicious.
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 This beer was excelent. It was my first burbon stout and the powerful taste almost knocks you over. the flavor keeps coming minutes after the first sip.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown with small off white head. This was the 2007 batch. Burnt malt and stong bourbon on the nose. The taste was wonderful. Strong sweet bourbon with some vanilla and a woodiness flavor also. Silky smooth body.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 – Pitch black, creamy dark tan head. Concentrated warm bourbon and wood aromas flow over deep-rooted charred chocolate coffee, vanilla and caramel notes. Soft toasted coconut tones play out at room temp. Bold bourbon and wood flavors are nicely rounded with further blackened vanilla, chocolate and sweet caramel notes. Nice hop addition late keeps the sweetness somewhat in check. 13% soothes without burn. Full bodied and slick, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. If you like intense, hit this one fresh. A few years of cellar time though can only make it better…
milewide (1461) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Wonderful bourbon aroma and flavor---but some sweet/roasted malt in both. Little hop bitterness. A rich, delicious brew!
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very little carbonation in this dark oily blackness. Some intense flavors of vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Very nice. Thanks toncatcher.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of jimbowood. The way I want a barrel-aged beer to taste. Great mix of bourbon and chocolate. Not overpowering bourbon flavor but just right. Hard to believe this would be a great session beer, but would be very dangerous. My new favorite Imp Stout.
houseofwares (21) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. 2007 bottle. Pours midnight black with a tiny little head around the rim. Vanilla, thick caramel, melted milk chocolate and a touch of Heaven Hill bourbon, which is the distillery they bought the barrels from. The palate is inasnely rich. The flavor starts with with dark chocolate, which is slightly bitter, molassis, very sweet malt, and caramel. This beer is quite thick, and that is my only gripe to an overall very flavorful beer.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Pours black with no head or bubbles. Aroma of bourbon, malt, and chocolate. Flavors much the same, Alcohol is well hidden.