IPAaLLtHEwAY (142) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is not currently the 28th best on earth for no reason. Pours rich black with a small brown head. The aroma of this 2006 Is of bourbon and oak. The flavor is crazy. So so crazy. Starts off rich with caramel, then evolves into the warm sweet bourbon. Slowly the flavor fades to the back of your palate, and you get some mild vanilla. Literally minutes later you still taste the smooth cool caramel/vanilla aftertaste. I would go celibate for a life time supply of this and bells expedition stout.
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 12 oz bottle, pours a rich black, with tan head, that dissipates mostly. Incredible aroma of bourbon, coffee, oak, vanilla, and chocolate...but mostly bourbon. Rich flavor of bourbon, oak, and roasted coffee. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, with light carbonation. An amazing beer!!
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 Bottle, courtesy Gillard. Pitch black pour, tons of thick lacing, with a big tannish head. Big booze in the nose. Bourbon and raisins. Caramel, soy sauce, chocolate. Flavor is chock full of chocolate. Roasted malt, big creamy flavors of caramel, vanilla. Alcohol is big all around and drinkability suffers from this. A good beer though, of course.
TheElder (49) - DeSoto, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
’06 12 oz. Pours black with highlights of orange/ amber, and head as dark as milk chocolate. Great looking brew. When I read that it was barreled for 150 days I knew it was going to be intense. I was correct. You only have one of these at a time. The bourbon is a little too much but, you can still get many things out of it. Tons of malts. Oak, vanilla, and sweet caramels.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Edition - Pours deep down black , not as thick as motor oil but getting close. Not much carbonation but there is one beautiful 1/16 inch caramel colored head. Heavy lacing. First sniff: Smells like bourbon straight out of the bottle with deep roasted malts aroma overtones. First tastes is thick with a lovely bourbon kick followed by heavy malts, coffee, and chocolate – slight hint of vanilla trying to poke through. This is an awesome treat definitely “World Class”.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thjick deep black with almost no head to speak of. Aroma is sweet rich bourbon, wood, chocolate and smoke. Flavor is big time bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, smoke and chocolate. Long bourbon accenuated finish with a slight alcohol burn. Full bodied, thick texture. A damn fine beer if I do say so myself.
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this should maybe be a higher rating, considering how much I love bourbon, and how much like bourbon this beer is, but I just can’t enjoy a beer that tastes like this very much. Aroma is of a nice sweet bourbon, almost like a Manhattan with a healthy dose of sweet vermouth. Flavor is overpowered by bourbon. There is a good bit of chocolate here also. I will try this again when I am able to smoke a nice strong cigar with it, but as for sitting around the house, not so much...
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2010 06 Bourbon County Stout-12oz bottle-pours a disappearing brown head that laces and black as midnight color. Aroma is bourbon, wood, sweet dark malt-molasses, dark fruit-cherry, alcohol. Taste is bourbon, tar, wood, sweet dark malt-molasses, dark fruit-cherry, alcohol. Big. Sipping. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing.
100408 @CBC–on tap 3.7
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a thin receding brown head. Strong oak and bourbon up front with vanilla, chocolate, spicy wood and alcohol underneath. Strong, sweet and spicy with vanilla, oak, bourbon, maple, caramel and tobacco. Alcohol prevalent throughout with tons of warming on the finish. When I first had this one I despised the bourbon barrel ales. I’ve definitely come around to them though this one is still a little hot. Perhaps a few years in the cellar is what this one needs.
Looks good in the glass an all, but I was interested in trying a beer, not a glass of bourbon. Seriously, the bourbon overpowers everything in both taste and smell, tough to get by more than a few sips. The body is smooth and all, and it poured nicely into the dump bucket at the tasting I was at. Yuck!
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle Courtesy of Topherdrinks, thanks Chris! Pours an oily, rich opaque black color with a small dark brown head. Nose is vibrant with vanlla flourishing and bourbon coming in right behind it. Both notes dominate the nose but mild lactic notes, chocolate liquor and booziness linger in the background. Initial taste of vanilla, bourbon, mollasses, and touch of cocoa. Mid palate displays a good woodiness from the oak. Finishing with balancing hop bitterness, vanilla, smoke, tobacco, spiciness from the abv. Palate duration is absolutely perfect. Good head retention. Full bodied beer, light micro bubbles on the mouth. Silky and oily makes the beer absolutely delicately smooth and enjoyable. Definitely the best boubon BA Imperial I have ever had. Nice Job.