Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very thick black with very little head. sweet bourbon, oak, coffee and malt smell. This thing is thick! I almost feel like I need to chew. Sweet flavor of roasted maltiness with bourbon, oak, raisins, coffee and chocolate. Nice alcohol finish with a roasty bitterness. This is my first barrell aged stout and it does definitely add a heavy bourbon flavor. I shared this with my father and he compared it to drinking a good stout with a shot of bourbon in it. I would say he is close. This is a great stout but its not for the weak hearted.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very thick black with just a thin light brown head. Very smooth flavor with a excellent blend of bourbon/vanilla/chocolate. Very nice roast to the sweet malts that turn this brew into a perfect dessert for after dinner.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
straight bourbon barrel aroma, sexy black body under a light brown head, straight winey with a woody, roasty finish
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oily black with a diminishing head and a rim of light brown lace. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, charcoal. Flavour is smoked and sweet with a salty finish. Teryaki and soy sauce like with a ton of alcohol in the finish.
kwoeltje (2062) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) Pours like oil, almost no head until the very end--small deep tan head Aroma of vanilla, smoke, bourbon. Flavor is overwhelmed by the bourbon flavor unfortunately.
igneous1 (1467) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
perfectly opaque, black as night. head is light to medium brown, thin, mostly dissipating. only a slight hint of alcohol in the nose. the bourbon is immediately noticeable, grainy, mild roast. flavor has a fair amount of vanilla, moderate roast, mild to moderate alcohol. thick as motor oil.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 Bottle shared thanks to lmgraz1. Dark brown, almost black in color with a decent sized tan head. Really nice aroma of roasted barley, mild bourbon, vanilla and wood. Flavor was pretty much the same as the aroma, and I am very thankful for that. Iím not a huge fan of barrell aged beers(BA Old Numbskull being one exception and now this delicious brew). I really enjoyed the bourbon flavor probably because it wasnít overpowering like others Iíve had.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Duane, you rock. Some surprise here. Poured real dark and thick, brown head, good lacing. Wow, aroma is complex, bourbon, smoke, sweet malts, coffee, caramel. Mouth feel was thick like honey on a cold day. Taste was great. There was the bourbon, layered with chocolate, coffee and caramel, bourbon again, then some smokiness, and finished dry and bitter sweet. Damn, I only had one bottle and shared it with a great ratebeerian, but, I wish I had more. Thanks to Duane. This was awesome, I have been somewhat disappointed with the wood aged big beers, this has raised the bar!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Dough77 and Duane, who both hooked me up with this. Aroma is strong in the bourbon department with malts and just a hint of the smoke they say is there. Poured a dark dark brown with a tan head, almost a syrup consistency. Taste is unreal! Huge malt flavor with some coffee and chocolate tones, all perfectly balanced and enhanced by the thread of bourbon that goes from beginning to end. The tail has absolutely no bitterness, only the taste of the bourbon and some coffee make it through. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, to call it full bodied is an understatement. I cant come up with any adjectives to say how great this beer is.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks again to JPDIPSO for another great brew. Great Imperial Stout. Roasted malt, Bourban, and dark fruit flavors. Finishes rich, chewy, and crisp.