Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured into snifter. had this beer in the brew pub but did not rate, brought some back with me..... definitly a demanding beer to drink... not a session to say the least. pours a thick motor oil glug black consistency... has a dark caramel head... sweet bourbon on the aroma. thick and syrupy on the palate, with a bourbon finish. good but a strong beer. you feel the alchohol warmth on the finish. has a complexity that brings something new almost every drink. vanilla is on the finish coming from the bourbon, the strength and warmth does not hide itself well... has an imposing front, but the finish and aftertaste make you come back for more, a fun complex, good drink.. i like it.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle dated 070306. Pours black, totally opaque; oily. Decent tan head quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. The aroma is intense: day-old campfire, chicory, chocolate, vanilla, raisins, oak. Beautiful, complex flavor. Sweeter than I anticipated, with a warm, smooth bourbon finish that sticks on your teeth and gums till you lick it off. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Velvety and a bit syrupy. Tremendous beer.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from soonah Pitch black poor with a dark brown thin head. Incredible aromas of coffee, plums, prunes, licorice, molasses, vanilla, madeira, bananas... WOW... Oily, lactose enduced mouthfeel... Heavy bodied, nicely effervescent for an impy... Perfect balance between bitter and sweet. Added flavors of molasses, hickory, semi-bitter chocolate with a nice licorice finish. Reminds me of an old triple bock i once taste and Kuhnhennís impy... very good!
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first time I tried this one was with jarspag, too bad his gf spilled half the bottle on the carpet...noooo! Thanks to Sephiroth for gettin me another bottle through trade. Pours a very silky pitch black, & I mean black! Minimal red-beige head that coats the top layer in my snifter, with good lacing. Wonderful aroma of bourbon and oak wood, with vanilla, espresso, licorice and currants. Flavor blew me away, wow! Tons of coffee, roasted malt, stained oak wood, vanilla and black cherry. Very well balanced with the nice hint of bourbon at the end of each sip with a warming alcohol finish that coats the tongue. Great smooth and chewy palate, you can really dig your teeth into this brew, and the taste lingers on...and on...and on...Gets even better with warmth. Nice!
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a great example of what I call "purposeful excess." Anyone can overload a batch of beer with malt or hops, but the challenge is to make it a great beer in the process, and Goose Island has succeeded with this one. There are red highlights as you pour it, but it sits instensely black in the glass, with a thin, mocha-colored head. The aroma is all bourbon. The flavor is amazing, coffee-and-chocolate-noted malt intensity with loads of bourbony earthiness. Unlike many bourbon barrel-aged beers, the liquor flavors donít come through in any way as brandy -- itís much more of a true bourbon flavor. The malty whallop is great, and yet thereís a back-taste thatís almost reminiscent of port wine. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, but aromatic Ė yes, like bourbon. So, so satisfying. But hereís the nit -- twelve ounces is too much, and itís hard for me to find someone to share this with. The second six ounces arenít quite as enjoyable as the first six. If Goose Island would put this in a smaller bottle, Iíd buy it a lot more.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottle. Pours black. No light can even think about penetrating this. Looks oily. Gentle swirling leavs some sticky brown/amber legs on the side of my glass. Beautiful nose of vanilla, charred oak, toffee, malt, wet campfire smoke, dark melting chocolate, Door County cherries, raisins and alcohol. Damn. Moderate carbonation on the palate, but still quite rich and sticky. Quite silky and lush. Flavor: rich malt gives way to a nice pleasant dry hoppy finish. Along the way we get oak, vanilla, blackstrap molasses, chocolate chip cookie dough. A hint of wine-like alcohol. Bourbon-lke flavors begin to develop after a while. Rich chocolate and brewed coffee goodness. One truly amazing creation.
eaglefan538 (2892) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 Re-rate, Mar. í10: This one upped my previous experiences, bottle from Stateline. The chocolate-mocha flavors really enhanced the overall experience. It was still overdone in bourbon in the aroma and fore-flavors, but as it settled on the tongue, the mocha finish was really quite wonderful. Vinous notes there along the way too. Alcohol a tad on the hot side. Must save the other bottle for a little age. My opinion rises from just above average to a bit higher. Re-rate, Jan í08, bottle at Durty Nellieís: Unmoved this time around, my original rating stands, other than the fact that the wood notes didnít come out as strong. I twas a vinous-choco type impy stout with some chalky notes. If you go impy on me, it should impress, if you bourbon age it, it should impress further and be short of over-run with bourbon. Original rating: Bottle courtesy beerded_one. Poured black like an imperial stout, chocolate colored head. The aroma was strong wood, lots of bourbon, rum soaked raisins. The flavor was sticky bourbon, maple, vanilla, chocolate/cocoa, oak, and finishing with a touch of marshmallows (donít think Iíve ever written that in a beer review?). The flavor and finish was a tad hot, and the mouthfeel a little too sweet and sticky. Put this one away if you can hold your pants on, would be better after another year. For now, a little stick, hot, and over-done on the bourbon side, which most tend to do with this style. An enjoyable beer in all respects, yet relative to its bourbon aged peers, probably about average. Thanks, Paul, an opportunity Iím very appreciative of. Thanks for sharing!
Hair (3) - Oceanside, North County SD, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 I split a bottle with a friend of mine. He did not care for it because he thought it was too alcoholic. After finishing his glass he started rinsing it out. While filling the glass with water, the lacing left on the side of the glass produced a large foamy head. The water was made into a dark red/brown color. "Look, I made another beer."
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2007 A very good example of the barrel-aged style for beer. Pours with a tan head. Aroma is strong coffee, nuts, and a grassy hoppiness. A somewhat bitter taste but not enough to take you off eatin grass. I have found that a "Cohiba"cigar is a good fit.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting stout. Strong bourbon aroma and taste. 11% alcohol packs a wallop. Glad I tried it - unique beer - probably wouldnít reach for it regularly.