SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tar black with deep brown highlights and little head retention. The aroma is real roasty, with almost a cookie dough and chocolate chip sweetness. Thick mouthfeel is the perfect vehicle to deliver the deep plum and raisen notes that are swimming in chocolate sweetness. Never cloying, this Impy is really nicely done and would be great as an after dinner sipper.
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle huge thanks to Duane. Pours oil black with a brown head that fades while still analyzing the aroma. Speaking of aroma, huge bourbon as expected. Some dark cherry and molassas too. Chocolate notes as well. Flavor is hot alcohol/bourbon a bunch of ainse. And more bourbon again and all the way through. Good stuff, but I couldnít drink it too often. There is a reason I drink beer and not bourbon.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle BD 8/16/05. Pours into a snifter w/o any real head, just a brown band around the edges of the opaque black liquid. Aromas of nuts, coconut, fresh cut firewood & a feeling of hot alcohol. Bourbon. Drinks full w/ a burning and burnt finish. Lotsa wood barrel flavor and not much stout flavor. Coffee roast flavor comes through & some chocolate, bitter chocolate. I once shared a bottle of this w/ matt & pat(both lovers of bourbon). We decided that the best way to drink this beer was to pour it into shot glasses and shoot it(well, I sipped mine) Otherwise it is just too intense. Iíve always thought shots were done so you didnít have to taste what you were drinking...otherwise you wouldnít be able to swallow it. They both had troubles drinking this the way one usually drinks beer. Bourbon barrel aged beer just doesnít do it for me. Iím increasingly interested in nuance and grace. This beer is rough, rugged, crude, lacking any subtlety. Instead, it has tons of everything blasting at me like the guy who parks outside and cranks his bass so obnoixiously loud I wonder what sort of enjoyment that could be giving him. This blast seems to be masquerading as complexity, when really its just overkill, chaos & disaster. OK, Iím exaggerating a bit here. Is this beer simply a reflection of American culture? Mass(ive) Media...everywhere you look things blasting at you from all directions...tvs, radios, cell phones, dvd players in your car, ipods, billboards, junkmail, junk email, banner ads, pop-ups, special promotions....the hottest new thing! The biggest and the best. 500 horsepower, just be careful, old man, not to crash into that gas pump as you pull that caddy out...maybe that car has too much power for you? Its like Times Square on New Years Eve on TV. All the commentators kept saying how "absolutely insane" it was there while the cameras showed shoots of thousands of people standing around staring at a ball. "its mayhem" one said. Yeah. Its so crazy its boring. Its so big it sinks. This is a drunkards beer, strong sweet and hot. A gimmick and a novelty, but not a showpiece.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Bottle courtesy of dough77. Wow. Hot. Best bourbon stout Iíve had. Never had a beer that stayed w/ you as long as this one. Hangs around w/ a long aftertaste. Bourbon is subtle, not overpowering. Me likey.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the bottle. If you can get beyond the immense alcohol inhalation experience, you will see a jet black brew with a dark brown head. The head, like all other matter, cannot survive the solubilizing excesses of the ethanol solvent. It smells exactly like dark malt extract BEFORE you dilute it to brew up a homebrew stout. It almost pours as thick as well. The sweetness is beyond sweet, but the alcohol burn needs it. Iím afraid this beer is fixing my innards. God, but it is a great way to die! Coffee, honey, chocolate, molasses all abound, but the killer aroma and flavor is BOURBON. If you took the Rogue Chocolate Stout, fed it steroids for a year , and then locked it away in a Bardstown distillery until it was old enough to drive, this is the monster you would have created. My palate has been righteously defeated. I am looking forward to updating this entry 5 years from now. By then, BCS will be old enough to legally drink other alcohols.
Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1/30/06 from the bottle: Poured with the consistency of motor oil. The dark tan head appeared like a resurrection from the black liquid and stayed for quite a while. The aroma is massive ... an heavily coated in alcohol. Be ready for this one ... itís got a massive presence, not unlike a whiskey with a smoky charcoal essence. After 4 months away in Kuwait with no alcohol, me thinks Iím too much a girlie man for this. Wow.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
HUGE HUGE HUGE!!!!!! This is an incredible stout.Black, bold, and beautiful. This is not for the faint of heart. I donít like to get ridiculously specific with my flavor descriptions, but there are definitely hints of oak, vanilla, and bourbon in this beer.
hellomynameis (875) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2010 Depreciatign my rating of this...the first time it was great, but it hasnít been as good for a long time now...doensít belong in my top 10...
The aroma in this is primarily filled with bourbon, more so than I remember in last years version. There is some chocolate, oak and even a hint of vanilla hidden in there. The flavour is very strongly bourbon based and silky notes of vanilla, oka, and chocolate tumble in. There is a bit of an alcoholic bite at the end as well. I think last years version was a bit better as this is so alcoholic. Itís still a well crafted and tasty beer, however.
Number 2 of the 5.0 beers I have had. damn it was a great day! Loads of chocolate, wood aged flavor, sweet malts, vanilla, more chocolate, bourbon and oak. This is an imperial stout in all its glory!
Sammy (9193) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2010 A big beer. Very thick, full of chocolate, some wood, slight smoke, the bourbon and booziness. Knock yourself out. Rich and deep intensity of flavours, I got the caramel, coconut,. A very fine effort, a top stout. Recommend with food to give your brain more range of flavours.
nolankowal (934) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 Very thick pour with a nice dark tan head...opaque to say the least. Vanilla and bourbon are coming to the nose, while bourbon, vanilla, and caramel are in the flavor of this intense stout. Malty to bitter on the tongue, but malty certainly takes the majority. Smooth, silky, rich...awesome dessert/night cap beer. Careful though, the alcohol is hidden very well, and if not taken in moderation...this beer will knock you on your ass. What I find impressive as well is the absence of chocolate and/or coffee in the flavor, which usually is present in most imperial stouts Iíve comsumed.
Update:12/12/2006 from last years batch
The bourbon elements still remain dominant in both the aroma and the flavor. Chocolate and some light coffee are present as well as some vinous elements in the flavor...but they are pretty slight. SMooth and slightly grainy mouthfeel...roasty, bittersweet, boozey finish. Still fairly hot...certainly something for someone who loves bourbon. I was totally off with the absence of chocolate and coffee...itís in there. Great stuff, though Iím still miffed that GI stiffed Ohio on this stuff this year.