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.
dogfishho (598) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark with a thin head that sticks around at the top of the beer. The aroma is complex and beautiful. There are notes of barbecue sauce, charred wood, molasses, dark coffee, and sweet roasted malts. The flavor is equally complex, with flavors of milk chocolate, cafe au lait, caramel, vanilla, and the strong influence of the bourbon barrel aging. The mouthfeel is near perfect in its silky cream feel with no sticky sweetness, but there is an alcoholic burn that is surely the product of the bourbon barrels. Overall and delicious stout that struggles to differentitate itself from the multitude of similarly aged stouts.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a mdium brown head. Very thick almost lime molasses. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malts and toffee. Flavors of caramels, malts, chocolate and of course the bourbon, that intensifies when the beer warms up. Very smooth and the alcohol is very well hidden.
Marsiblursi (3021) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2010 (Bottle, thanks Ughsmash) Pours totally black. Roasted dark malt, vinous aroma with a lot of oak wood, bourbon and vanilla. Dark chocolate and cherries also present. Some dark dried fruits and Madeira like tones with raisins, blue grapes and prunes up front. Smaller notes of dark bread. Dark roasted malt flavour with strong notes of Madeira, oak wood/bourbon, salt liquorice and dark chocolate. Oily, thick long lasting mouthfeel. Fiery, peppery alcohol warmth on the aftertaste with notes of dark malt, dark fruits and bourbon. Deep and complex overall. The wine-ish tones is almost a bit port like both in the aroma and flavour. Medium bitter with a dryish sting. Full body. Helt stŲrt bra! Re-rate: Pours super black, almost no head. The aroma holds wooden/coconut-like oak and molasses up front. Undertones of chocolate, asphalt and light dark fruits. Some alcohol notes are present. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet, light to medium bitter and light acidic. Nice harmonic blend of wood, molasses and roast. The mouthfeel is smooth and fat with light tart finish. Light vinous finish. Medium afterbitterness, both from the malt and hops. Some alcohol warmth. Full bodied. Great!
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
perfect pitch black color with a head like chocolate malt ovaltine. mmm, more ovaltine please! the head is heavy layered with coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and black walnuts and finishes with the balance of sweetness and oak like any great bourbon. the carbonation is lively throughout with tiny ivory bubbles rising slowly, almost brewing in a cauldron. and it feels like medicine, a thick oily liquid that coats the mouth and throat. this beer is not for the timid, the bourbon is there in the finish and could be overwhelming for some. i loved it.
zootfinster (208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2009 If you arenít familiar with this style give it a little while before you rate it. It wasnít until I had a Bellís Expedition Stout that I appreciated this beer. It is certainly in the same class. Very dark, almost black color. Sweet, malty and thick. Pour one, sit back and enjoy. Itís worth the experience.
GG (2064) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is just an incredible, incredible beer. I was able to share this with my brother and he too was blown away at how tasty this was. It pours out this glooping, thick, motor oil like appearance with a brown one finger head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, black licorice, black walnuts, wood, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is sticky, coating and velvety smooth. Flavors were much of the same as the aroma, with a sweet malt really coming out along with the wood and bourbon notes. Just an awesome beer.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Had a bottle during an after-hours tasting at the brewery. Really great imperial stout. Taste wise itís a little bigger (but not as smooth as) Founders Kentucky Breakfast stout. But not quite as in your face as FFF Dark Lord.1 Amazingly complex, balanced, and flavorful. The alcohol makes its presence known, but itís not overpowering. What a treat-- thanks for the bottle Goose Island!
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle(2005) from Ughsmash. Pours is super slick and oily. Black as pitch. Strong woody bourbon aromas. Huge bourbon/cabernet flavors. Rich roasted maltiness follows. Some chocolate in the finish. Quite warming as it goes down. This is a very potent and drinkable brew.