BillVanE (19) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of ford9719 a remarkably delicious imperial stout. like the commercial description reads "one sip has more flavor than your average case of beer". Pours very dark with little head dark chocolate flavors with an alcohol taste which I find enjoyable.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured midnight black with a extremely small dark chocolaty head. aroma is of dark chocolate, alcohol (with some bourbon mixed in), and a little sweet malt. flavor is a balance of malty sweetness, with some smoke, bitter chocolate, and a little alcohol...just enough to know what you are getting yourself into. its a fantastic beer...that im sure will continue to taste better with age. which is why i have 4 of them to cellar at the moment.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Bottle. If Satan has blood, I imagine this is what it would look and taste like. Deep, pure black with a very brown head. Nose is charred wood(bourbon), spice, alcohol, and dark chocolate with just a hint of sweetness. Completely full bodied, this beer hit my mouth like a bag of bricks. Everything you smell in this beer is doubled in the taste. A little too much for my taste buds, but you have to give Goose Island credit for creating what is one of the most unique beers in the world.
lushleague (5) - Berwyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2007 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UNIQUE ... yep - that is probably the one word that captures the Bourbon County Stout. It is so overbearing that I ordered a Point as a "beer-back".
It was so rich, thick & oakey that my tastebuds were fried afterwards.
Itís definitely somethin special ... but be prepared for what youíre getting yourself into.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Deeeeep black pour. Chocolate brown head. Heavenly aroma of bourbon, hazelnut, malts, coffee, chocolate, smoke and fig. Very complex already. Creamy mouthfeel with a beautiful bourbon/alcohol/vanilla aftertaste. The balance of sweetness, hot alcohol, smoke and cigar are just incredible. What a unique and amazing brew. Almost overbearing. These í06 bottles courtesy of Joey and Ty, will mellow with time. Thanks again guys!
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Jet black with faint brown head. Very thick pour. Aromas of mild bourbon, cherries, burnt malts and vanilla extract. Just took first sip. WOW! What a mouthfeel. Thick, rich, and creamy. Flavor of malty bourbon but not over done. Smokey vanilla and fermented cherries. I bet a big piece of chocolate cake would go great with this.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from asteele8. Black with a small tan head settling to a thin ring. unmistakeable oak aroma is a backdrop for dark chocolate, roated coffee, and hints of dark cherry and smoke. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with very light carboantion and a bit of oiliness. Sweetness of burnt caramel is countered by a big bitter character with a spicy base. Finish is long and dry.
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
unlike any other beer I have had before. Pours very thick and dark. It has a very unique taste. First the taste of your typical imperial stout and then you get hit with a taste of vanilla and smoke followed by a very good aftertaste.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours thick as hell like sludged dirty motor oil. Flavor is bourbon, wood, nuts, dark espresso beans, chocolate, alcohol. Just about everything i like in a Imp, but the finish was damn unbearable. I might catch some flak for this rating but it was to engulfed in horrible alcohol flavored bitterness. I love stouts (honestly), but i could barely finish the glass, and that my friends is not good beer. With such a high rating i think its just my personal opinion of it, and not the beer itself.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006. 12 oz. Holy crap. What an aroma! The smells bowl me over as they race out of the glass. A nonstop cascade of fresh almond paste in a buttery croissant, a slab of hazlenut chocolate spread, blended with fig paste, reduced bourbon and brown sugar over aged mint leaves and a black tea. Dense, sweet and cold creamed. Amazing. This is how all Imp Stouts should smell. A love the deep dark fruits and nut characters, shys away from coffee, char and roast and ebbs towards the real caramelized malt notes. Beautiful. Pours pitch black, with a ruby sienna fringe and a light slick of tan head. Flavors are as bold and complex of the tongue. All the characters quickly invade every corner of my mouth. Thereís reduced kumquat juice, mexican vanilla beans stripped and steeped in fresh cream, melding with english toffee, belgian truffles, and a mouthful of espresso beans. So bright and full of character. Thereís a great percolation and prickly carbonation that keeps the beer alive on my tongue. In the middle the barrel and itís alcohols shine in brilliant glory with a ruby fire of passion. Oaky nibs chime in with a faint quaf of parching air and then ebb out towards a charred sensation, with bristling charcoals, seared honey-crusted lamb bones, and toasted nuts. Finally, the deal is sealed with a torch of lemon candy, that reminds me that hops are in this potent brew. Mouthfeel is dense, with coarse grainy sugars and a whole lot of sweetness interplaying with the barrel alcohols. Heat is noticeable in a brandy sense, with coursing vinous behavior, but itís not upsetting. A little light on the cold cream density texture that I desire, but the individual characters are accessible and well-defined making it well done. Refined. To me, a benchmark barrel-aged Imperial Stout.