BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown body so dark its almost black with faint brown head. Wonderful bourbon nose with an alcohol tinge to it. Creamy mouth feel with a buscuitty bourbon flavor. Tail finish has some faint coffee hint to it. Lingers for minutes.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Walt for sharing (this bottle). Pours very dark with a soapy looking brown head. Aroma of strong berries, chocolate syrup, whiskey, and coffee. Tastes similar with the cocoa and chocolate syrup taste hitting first, but followed by equally strong flavors of bourbon (duh) and raspberry. Similar to the aroma, but even stronger. Finishes earthy, leafy and pleasantly hot, which matches well with the licquor-like flavors. Not that bitter. Mouthfeel was thick and much more oily than creamy, and effortless carbonation. Iíd love to try more of this, as I was highly impressed.
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is big. Very big, I am halfway through and it is already knocking my socks off. It pours black with a caramel/tan-red head. Some definite smoky aromas, along with coffee like roasted malts and some vanilla. More roast and smokiness up front in the taste, a quite large sweet bourbon follows with some warming alcohol in the finish. The alcohol is not overpowering but definitely assertive, and the bourbon sweetness is nicely balanced with the roasted malts.
thornecb (4320) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black into a tulip. Brown head quickly subsides to skim surface. Bourbon and chocolate aromas. Creamy and full with immediate bourbon burn. Lasting espresso finish. Nice.
mkgrenwel (564) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to holdenn for this bottle. Consumed from a snifter at 7:30 am in Homer Babbidge library at the University of Connecticut on May 5th, 2007; the day I finished college! Wow, serious alcohol warming. Intense smooth, buttery, woody flavors. Cherry, licorice, raisin. Light prickly carbonation. Not really sweet, but far from dry. A touch roasty, but just a touch. A little bitterness in the back there, but no real hoppiness. Grainy flavor and palate. Actually reminding me a good bit of Mephistopheles (recent batch) which isnít a huge compliment, but itís better than that. I guess thereís vanilla. One strong point is the ability to flow between a grainy, deep palate and a rich, smooth one. Really leaves my mouth stinging long after each sip from the alcohol burn. Not sweet, but leaving my lips sticky like candy does. Definitely has a charred wood flavor too. OK, so this is complex, but it doesnít feel really well crafted. The flavors just kinda push each other around and all show up, but they donít blend and enhance one another like in some beers. Truth is, though, I generally donít care for bourbon beers. This one is actually extremely hard to rate. Itís complex and tasty, but has what I perceive to be flaws, yet others may not. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I didnít sleep last night, and I have 8 hours of sleep over the past three nights. This one 12 oz bottle is hitting me hard. I could give this anywhere between a 3.2 and a 4.7 at this point. How about a 3.7? OK
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at DLD, poured a deep black with slight dark bown edges and thin tan head. Great aroma, vanilla, wood, slight alcohol burn, but it fit in nicely. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and a background smokiness. Full bodied with perfect carbonation. A truely excellent beer!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from bu11zeye. 2006. Aroma: Caramel, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, dried cherries, and some light woody oak. Appearance: Black in color with no highlights. Dark tan head was small and fleeting. No lacing. Flavor: Lots of sweet roasted malt with notes of coffee, chocolate, dried cherries, light smoke and anise. A strong dose of caramel. Bourbon comes through loud and clear with notes of oak, toasted nuts, and vanilla . Alcohol is pretty prevalent throughout. Sweet finish with some boozy and malt flavors carrying through. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Strong alcohol warming all over mouth. Overall: A good barrel aged IS, but not as good as I had hoped. Flavors just didnít grab me the way I would expect from a top tier IS. Carbonation was very low and led to the malt sticking on the tongue a little longer than it should have. Good but disappointing.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 Oh my God. This was a fantastic beer. Bottle. Served cold. Poured oily black with a thin, lasting brown head. Aroma is coffee and sweet malts, as far as my undeveloped nose can tell. Taste is lots of chocolate, very sweet and delicious. the true greatness, obviously, is the back-end of the palate, the hint of bourbon \that warms your entire mouth. Itís a fantastic brew.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a serious jet black with just a hint of brown. No head on this one other than a small, lingering coffee-and-cream colored layer on top. Aromas of everything - bakerís chocolate, some subdued whiskey, caramel, very dark roasted malt, espresso, vanilla beans, as well as some light but noticeable charcoal notes. Very thick mouthfeel, which at first comes across like a heavy port wine. Thereís a certain "zing" that I noticed firstly, which was mostly the bourbon notes coming out on top. Very smooth, almost oily, with a good amount of charcoal. Losts of vanilla, caramel, dark roasted malt, espresso and bakerís chocolate at the end. An outstanding beer and extremely intense. I can see this one improving over the next few years, easily.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Bottling date, 08.16.05, from a 12 oz. twist-off bottle with a blurb on the front label, glass recommendation on the back label, stored at cellar temperature and allowed to warm for an hour before sampling in a chalice.
Poured a opaque blackish brown with a small foamy, creamy tan head, decent retention, small amount of sticking.
Aromas of boozy bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark berry and fig esters that meshes with alcohol, toffee and caramelized sugar, a very light charcoal and a hint of smoke.
Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish, oily slick, chewy, creamy smooth full bodied mouthfeel.
A delicious sipper, coffee, caramel toffee, roasted grains, vanilla barrel flavor and a little charred wood, a subtle berry fruitiness, the alcohol is pretty well balanced, presence, but only providing a low temperature warmth that increases the drinkability, not a hot alcohol taste bud killer, towards the end earthy grains and oak woody flavors emerges, the hops are pretty laid back, and a dryish caramel malty and vanilla barrel finish, quite enjoyable overall.-- Bottling date 07.03.06, everything else is pretty much the same as last year, allowed to warm up before sampling in a broad mouth chalice.
Poured a blackish coffee brown with a nice sized creamy, bubbly tan head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking.
Not quite the boozy nose as last year, much more vanilla and caramel, cherries, charred wood, bare hints of liquid smoke, and soft whiffs of clear grainy alcohol.
Good, steady moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry, slick, creamy smooth full bodied mouthfeel, but I have to admitted, the body seems lighter than last year, a little more airy.
Still a pleasant sipper, noticeably different from last year, namely cherries, berries and more pronounced vanilla, sweet caramel toffee, a soft char flavor and hints of oak wood, but in the end the woodiness really comes out and lingers in the palate, the alcohol is still light, and a rich sweet malty finish. Still one of the better Imperial/Double Stouts, a must try for any beer lover.