PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2005 Pours thick and oily. Black, no head. Total whiskey aroma. Alcohols rise out of the glass. Espresso, chocolate and vanilla flavors plus bourbon notes. Earthy aroma as well. Thick palate - coating. Bittersweet finish. Highly roasted. Acrid, challenging. Licorice comes through as well.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 Extremely dark brown with a minimal tan head. No carbonation. Very sweet aroma with some muted liquor notes. Thereís molasses in there, too. Very heavy wood/liquor flavor with a sticky-sweet aftertaste and feel. I enjoyed the barrel flavor, but the overall taste is way too sweet.
Re-rating 3/5/2006, bottle. What was I thinking back in í03? I tried the beer at the JoeM500 B-day gathering at FFF, must have been the cold affecitng my palate. Black body, tan head. Alcoholic chooclate cake nose with woody bourbon notes. The flavor is consistent throughout - dense chocolate/pale sweetness, a sharp alcohol kick, and smokey-ham bouron. Nice mouthfeel on this one - sips with a velvety smoothness that compliments the alcohol well.
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
reminded me of that blackwatch bourbon cask aged cream porter. smells like bourbon, with nice chocolate to supplement. a bit split in flavor, but good. bitter, alcohol bite. reminds me of a bombastic night around the campfire with a handle of liquor to make things interesting. huh? ha!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black color,small tan head that faded quickly.Roasty,chocolate aroma with hints of alcohol and plums.Wow flavor up the wazoo,kind of thick and syrupy.The flavor is roasted malt and alcoholic with a mild hint of fruit but a nice hit of chocolate and coffee.There is a nice bourbonesque quality to it,and the alcohol really gets in your face.It's IMO not a real gusler but more of a sipper.The after taste is dark with a nice roasty taste and hops bitterness.It will be nice to see how this brew ages and if the alcohol mellows and the flavors come together.At the moment it seems very young and could use a little more time but,that by all means doesn't mean that it's not a good brew.Thanks go out to Iwantalambic for this great brew and the 2nd one as well which i will age for later.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jokes for sending me this beer. Very good stout. Bourbon was just the right amount mixing with the rast flavor.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2006 Rerate of 1/05 batch: Aroma has mellowed some revealing a little oxidation and more earthy, roasty caramel dripping with bourbon. Still reveals some alcohol as it warms and sweet viscous malt. Seems to have aged fairly well, but will probably get even better.
Rerate on 4/11/06 of the January í05 batch: Pours a viscous oily opaque with a thin covering of dark tan swirls and spotty lacing. Sweet candy dark chocolate bourbon aroma is just as great as ever with nice vanilla and oak subtleties. Body starts with lots of sweet, sticky, caramel malt, nice dark fruit complexity, some brown sugar and vanilla toward a lightly roasted, warming bourbon finish. This has got another couple of good years in it.
Rerate on 12/19/05: This is the third bottled batch I believe (8/16/05) and seems a bit too warm to live up the previous version. Iíll let it sit for a while and see how it progresses.
Rerate on 2/19/05 side by side tasting of the 2003 batch aged just over a year and the latest batch bottled on 1/5/05: New bottle pours a tremendously thick oily opaque black with a finely lacing frothy dark brown head. Old bottle is a little less viscous and the head is a little lighter in color and thinner. The older bottle seems to have a more pronounced bourbon aroma, while the new one is more subdued and malty with nice dark fruit presence. A slight touch of butterscotch oxidation is present in the older version toward its finish along with some bourbon oaky alcohol felt deep in my throat. The new version is much thicker and maltier with nice sticky caramel throughout and a great complex bourbon balance. The only negative thing is the warming acidic alcohol that doesnít show up until it hits my stomach. Otherwise, this new version is a sure winner. Thanks JCW!
Bottle rated on 11/26/03: Rich oily black with little carbonation and a thin ring of light brown foam. Heavy, complex roasted malt and bourbon oak aroma with a sweet dark cherry fruitiness. Thick robust syrupy sweet dark chocolate body is very well balanced with a tart, but complex bourbon oaky flavor. Wonderful complexity throughout and a lightly alcoholic, but enjoyable finish. Smooth sweet, roasty and lingering. This is perhaps the best barrel aged beer Iíve had. Thank you EddieG!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 Big aroma of bourbon initially with some charred oak in the background. Color is black with only a small thin beige head. Mouthfeel is delicate and smooth with a warming alcohol sensation. Finishes a bit dry. Flavor is outstanding, roasted malts, chocolate, charred smoky wood and whiskey. Has a distinct sweet syrupy bitter finish. This one is a winter warmer and quite a pleasure to drink. Thanks to EddieG.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 Bottle:Black pour. Fizzy,short lived head. Leaves a full ring,with stick lace. Airy aroma. Lots of bourbon,dark chocolate,vanilla. Creamy,thick texture. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This has the best mouthfeel,of any Imperial I have had. It coats but is soft as silk. Very malty,vinous flavors. Lots of chocolate,roast,and dark fruit,characters mixed with whiskey notes.Finishes soft and round with big malts,light whiskey. Lingering roasty and wood dries it out nicely. Very,very,tasty. Excellent job bottling this at Goose.
Update:2007 bottle drank on 6/8/09. A prime example of a balanced Stout aged in a bourbon barrel adding whiskey to the already complex vinous,vanilla,chocolate flavors. Barely hot for the alcohol content. A experience in a bottle.
TAR (2474) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 2004: Flowing molasses with maple highlights. Sticky, creamy copper froth. Lively bourbon aroma with notes of tannins, melted fudge, butter, candied pecans, and vanilla. Oxidized wood caresses the rich chocolate and portlike undertones. All emphasis is on the fudgy malts and bourbon, leaving only a glimpse of dark fruity esters. Soft and viscous on the palate. Velvety, spongy carbonation. Immensely complex notes of vanilla and dark chocolate, trailed by a mild vinous tingle and a touch of toasted wood and raisins. Grainy caramelized sugars cushion the rich chocolate and soft vanilla to perfection. Finishes shockingly rich yet balanced by a mixture of black malt char, bourbon, oak, and caramel. Fudge and molasses notes coat the tongue as the bourbon lingers to seal the deal. Extremely luscious. (9,5,9,4,18)
Something has drastically changed. Both the foam and body are doubtlessly on the lighter side. Carbonation is also less dense than the 2004 and the silky viscosity is no longer evident. Charred barrel character is still in full force as it acts as the anchor, but the finish is overwhelmingly brash with alcohol, medicine, and body-thinning tannins. And itís overly sweet, mushy, and rampant with sweet and husky corn notes. No definitive vinous notes or fruity esters, whatsoever. Good, but this is not the gem that it was a year ago. Among other things, this particular batch needs a lengthy slumber in the cellar to tone down the alcohol. Currently it comes across as just another mushy, oversweet, bourbon-saturated makeshift Imperial that has only suffered by being aged in a bourbon barrel. (6,3,7,3,12)
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
For me this is one of those beers when confronted with a style that you may not like how should you rate it? I am a fan of stouts, but apparently not those that are aged in whiskey barrels. The beers pours a rich dark black and one whiff leaves you wondering if this is a beer or some Johnnie Walker. No head. The taste is overwhelming whiskey with sour cherries and strong roasted malt. I am sure some love this beer. I am not one of them.