Christian (11805) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with a small, but lasting, light brown head. Rich and complex aroma, of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, a little toffee, roasted wood, and a hint of licorice.
Rather dry, full flavoured complex dark chocolate, with delicious oak notes, and some slightly tart tannin action. Long lasting aftertaste of oak, vanilla and chocolate.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to pantanap for this bottle. Labeled 2006. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, roasted malts and a bit of coffee.
Thick and decadently rich. Balanced. A really nice dark fruit taste, almost leaning towards plum. I need a couple more of these.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
i agree with the commercial description completely, other than i thought it was maybe a little undercarbonated.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 12 oz bottle from zinister. Pours a dark black with a small tan head that soon fades to nothing. The aroma is big with bourbon whiskey and dark fruits. The flavor is likewise dominated by bourbon whiskey (close to Old Grand Dad), also filling in the sides are licorice plums, and dates. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The finish is exceptionally long with lingering whiskey. Overall: Iím discovering that I am a big fan of whiskey barrel aged ales, they just sit right with me.
re-rate 4-28. 2012 Bottle from trade. Lowering score from 4.3 down to 3.8. Big nose is gone from this batch. Also taste is different with the big bourbon presence diminished.
unclemike (2578) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 thanks Acknud fist off you can smell the bourbon, yummy the taste of coffe was impeccable the head when poured was very very nice this is a great beer well done .
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
it looks like some crazy use motor oil black and viscus its pours slow. molasses in January. no mater how hard i tried i could get no head i poured higher and higher but still nothing. mells like a candy store or pastiari in a 5 alarm fire. sweet black malt vanilla chared wood liquid smoke worthers origionals. its smooth and rich but a bit hot and syrupy. chocolate burbon liquor cordials.
eje (9) - , New York, USA - JUL 12, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 12.0 coutesy of Whole Foods beer room. No head, strong (strong) bourbon flavors, mainly left in the back of your mouth, but delicate espresso flavors as well.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 Updated Rating 4/9/09: 12 oz. bottle - 2007 vintage; 3rd time trying this, thanks to WeeHeavySD for this bottle and chance to revisit; pours thin, jet black with trace dark brown head; 90% bourbon aroma mixed with brunt malt, chocolate; super thin body, boozy, sweet; iíd say itís official that i donít really get the appeal here; just another impy that has been way too heavily bourbon-barreled
Original Rating 7/10/08 (3.3 overall) 12 oz. bottle - 2007 vintage; thanks to pepsican for the trade; pours thin and oily black; almost no head; slight chocolate haze around the edges leaving residue on the glass; boozy across the board; drinks sweet and slightly hot; woody vanilla in the flavors; bourbon is overpowering and for me, doesnít come close to something like KBS; pretty disappointing
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Pours black and thick with a nose from bourbon,vanilla, chocolate,and coffee,with a tan and brown head the taste is off the hook of all the fore mentioned ingredients the mouth feel is velvety smooth and AMAZING with each sip and sniff Iím in beer geek heaven each time I have this beer I ask my self, self is there any thing better out there and the anwser is NO this is the beast BA RIS in the world bar none
sebletitje (7887) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle courtesy of Tony @ OTH.
Pours absolute black, nose is liquorish.
Aroma is very roasty with a strong presence of coffee / chocolate malts and this ever presence of light bourbon wood.
An outstanding imperial stout.