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 (1513) - 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.
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle - Pours thick black with nearly non-existent dark brown head. Aroma of sweet bourbon. Chocolate and coffee flavors followed by a familiar sensation of warming provided by the bourbon as it goes down. A sipper.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Easily one of my favorite beers. Poured from a 2006 bottle (replaced it with 2007 today). Pours very thick, and has a huge flavor of bourbon, which I love. Congrats on this fine brew Goose Island, easily their best beer in my opinion.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The aroma is of some slightly sour dark fruit, hard alcohol, and oak. The flavor is a mix of the above. Pretty good overall, with a thick and powerful mouthfeel.