wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Marc for this one. Black bodied without even a hint of head formation. Hardly any noticeable bubbles rise to the top. The aroma is rich with caramel bourbon notes, slightly sour soy sauce, and bit of chalky cocoa. Flavor is rich with chocolate, sweet smooth bourbon, a chocolate mousse similarity, and a light roasted finish with a floral hop note. The body is quite nice and silky smooth. Wonderfully complex but just too much bourbon character overpowering the other subtleties.
lweiberg (118) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Dark but not as thick as Iíd hoped, though one might be all you need since itís 13%. I wonít spend $5 for a 12 oz. again but this is definitely worth trying if you like imperial stouts. Edit: Iíve been drinking this again and itís sweetness is now much more appreciated for some reason. Just pure luxury. Better than Bellís Expedition Stout.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BURBON! Pours black as coal with minimal brown head. Aromas of burbon, roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. Flavor is mostly burbon right up front but malt and coffee are present. Powerful brew and it is a sipper.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
*did not like would not buy*
aroma: smells like heaven. rich thick creamy stout smells, love the oak, love the whiskey love the stout. very nice nose! App: can see SOME light not a traight i like. its black otherwise. Flavor: oh wow the sharp whiskey! Oh wow the rich stout. this is very "oaked". lil coffee finish on the back. this is an example.. im afraid.. of on over oaking.. if there is such a thing. the stout rich coffee backbone flavors are way to far in the background. this needs to follow the example of some other greats.. founders.. i dunno. Palate: fine, could use a thicker body. OA: so sad, could be great. this is way out of balance. a great example of to much oak to a good beer. the oak, the whiskey its so far out front its all wrong. I think i am being rough on this beer because of what it could have been. but it IS NOT, what it could have been. or even passable as drinkable. I prefer Jameson.
JohnnyJ (4755) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a think motor oil black with dark brown head which quickly diminishes to nothing. This stout is hugely bourbon. It has vanilla, oak, lots of chocolate, and tons of bourbon, it even bites like bourbon. Mouthfeel is creamy and mouth coating. I highly enjoyed this, has tons of flavor, but may be lacking slightly in complexity.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours thick, like oil. Strong aroma, the bourbon stands out the most to me. Strong bourbony and stout flavors, and interesting mix of bitterness, with a hint of sweetness. I found it to have a slightly acidic bite to it. An interesting beer which I enjoyed. I bet this will be better in a year or two, probably a lot better.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 2006 bottle. Wow! Thick jet black with tan head that settles quickly, good sudsy lacing on the glass. Notes of vanilla, caramel, nuts, dark fruit, and of course lots of smoky bourbon. Flavor explosion ....all I can think of is bourbon balls at Christmas - dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla/caramel, smooth smokey bourbon finish... Excellent. Nice mouthfeel, rich but not too thick. Very close to a perfect beer. Living in Kentucky, Iíve tried many bourbon stouts, but this is the best hands down. Anyone that still has the 2006, drink now.
Jimrbb (16) - USA - APR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
my favorit imperial stout. pours completely black. smooth rich roasty. fruits too.
13 % ! you wouldnít notice at all.
abcfan (795) - New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, amazing beer! Pours black with wispy tan head. Aroma is of vanilla and dark fruit. Very full mouthfeel, almost enough to chew on! Very smooth finish, with notes of vanilla, hard to believe this is 13%.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great vanilla notes....and super strong bourban character....great great stuff......I canít get enough of it.....oh yea.....after one or two......I canít have anymore after the 13%
one of my favorite barrel aged beers...esp after a year or so.......