theisti (3856) - Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 12 oz. bottle from tjthresh. Bottled on 070306. Pour is all black, with a tiny khaki head that vanishes all most instantly. Almost completely still. The aroma is strong, didnít even need to lean in to get roast coffee, licorice and some hop bitterness. Definitely get the bourbon and oak in there as well, even some heat. Tons going on already. Taste is absolutely enormous, big black licorice in the start, semi-sweet coffee / big roast through the middle and a gigantic oak (wood) / bourbon / alcohol finish. Truly overpowering, and a bit much, really. Tons going on in the flavor, but really didnít come together for me. Iíll give this another go if I can get a bottle with some age on it.
fozapd (33) - Burlington, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Part bourbon, part stout....two great tastes that go great together. OK_ seriously this one poured a thick black colored body with no noticeable head. My wife commented it looked like motor oil (to me that was a positive). The taste was incredible. A nice strong stout as the backbone with a strong flavor of bourbon! This one was very enjoyable, but not for anyone who is timid around dark beers.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ EBF, 2/2007. Oh. My. God. Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some slight vanilla. Flavor is incredibly powerful, with mocha and chocolate notes in the front battling the bourbon notes that come out later. A strong, heavy, complex beer that pulls no punches. Definitely tasted like a highly alcoholic beer, but well done.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a light film that quickly developed into a small brown head. Roasty aroma, chocolate and coffee. Starts slightly bitter, ends with some sweetness. Alcohol is noticable.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 12 ounce bottle poured an absolutely black beverage with a small mocha brown frothy head that was completely gone in less than 2 minutes and left no lacing (of course). The aroma was a rich pungent mixture of dark dried fruits, caramel, coffee and cherries. The body was very full with a soft carbonation and a thick, oily texture. Talk about a meal in a glass; I almost had to chew this one!. The flavor was very impressive starting out bursting full of sweetness that lasted throughout the long finish accompanied, at the end, by a nice smooth alcohol warmth in the chest.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost pitch black with a small head. Very powerfull and well balanced. Roasted and malty with notes of dark fruits and berries - coffee and bitter chocolate - and also a hint of alcohol.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to hatchy for picking this from my wants list up for me during his travels to Chicago. Pours a deep motor oil black with a medium creamy/bubbly deep tan head that left some bubbly lacing. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, woody, roasted malts, dark chocolate dipped cherries, hints of oxidation and hints of smoke. Flavor of vanilla, nuts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, lingering smokiness, some bourbon, cherries. Really like how the flavor lingers into a roasty/toasted malt sweetness. Alcohol well hidden by all the malty sweetness. A top Imp Stout!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottling. Aroma very woody,light bourbon notes. Poured a dark swirling black although reminded me of cola. Flavor was very nice, vanilla, oak, dark malts and just a tinge of sweetness. Palate was silky and smooth though not overly thick. Overall, Iím very satisfied that Iíve tried this several times and waited to rate it.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 and 2006 side by side. Minor differences, the only which were notable were a thicker mouthfeel and bolder flavor from the 05. Pours pitch raven black, oily and discernibly incredibly thick. A thin dark brown head forms atop the body, motionless after coagulation. the head, along with the fantastic lacing it dragged behind, would manage to mostly last through the entire length of the quaff. The aroma is vicious and unforgettable. Never has so much whisky been so seemlessly integrated, yet so pronounced and crushing. An amazing feat of barrel. Charred oak notes and vanilla follow, then monumental roasted malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, licorice in moderation, sweet dark fruits and apricot puree. Alcohol is moderate to heay, and in the earlier batch hasnít faded much, so itís definitely a sipper. The flavor almost warrants a 10, if not for the heavy alcohol Iíd probably award that perfect score. Bitterness is medium-high, sweetness is as well, combining to create some absurd extreme balance. Coffee, chocolate, light anise and wave after pounding wave of bourbon light up the tastebuds. The taste is really frenzied and complex. Fruit notes are mild and almost lost in the presence of the alcohol. Finishes lightly acidic, lightly bitter and very roasty, chocolate notes lingering. Alcoholic warmth is substantial. The mouthfeel is very creamy, lightly carbonated and lightly tannic. Full bodied would be a gross understatement. A marvelous beer, expressing both power and beauty equally and gracefully. At various points while sipping this, beauty becomes rage, as the heavy roastiness and bourbon notes crash like waves against a seawall. Truly mighty.
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.