Sammy (9314) - 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 (937) - 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.
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black with little head. It was like having a steak and potato with a sip of bourbon...a meal. What a great stout.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black body with no head. Weakish bourbon aroma, some sweet dark malts. Full bodied- elements of bourbon. Better mouthfeel than the Central waters bourbon imperial tasted alongside it, but bourbon flavor is not as well integrated. Good, but nothing more.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 8/16/2005. I donít think I poured this one very well; I just got a hint of head, and the bubbles were very short-lived. The aroma: what can I say? Bourbon. Other things are there, but the bourbon dominates everything. It would have been a 9 or 10 had it been better balanced. In the mouth it is rich and creamy; just what Iím looking for in a rich stout. Once it got in my mouth, the other aromas really came out, and the bourbon receded to where it was very balanced. Vanilla and chocolate come to the forefront, still with echos of the bourbon. In my opinion, an amazing stout, and my first 10 for flavor. I wouldnít want all stouts to taste like this, as itís really huge and I donít think I could drink one every day, but itís amazing. Significant warming finish. Thanks a million, Matt of the Beer Cellar!
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Black with a dark brown head that diminished quickly. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel with very woody tones. Kind of reminds me of a toned down Sam Adams triple bock. Silky mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet chocolate, vanilla, sweet bread, and some roasted. The alcohol is present with a little bourbon flavor to it. HIghly sweet beer. The aftertaste is a sweet nuttiness. The chocolate is very faint in a flavor dominated by darker fruits like raisins. Has a warming finish courtesy of the alcohol.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Completely opaque, held in front of a lamp this is like a glass of "black hole." Aroma is of char and sourmash with hints of molasses and burn your nosehairs ester and heat. Huge bourbon flavor and alcohol in the mouth. Raisins and dark chocolate are there as well but are thrown under the bus as this beers barrel aged flavor is overpowering. Itís a huge dark beer and I usually like that but I feel this brew accentuates more the flavors that I am least fond of in an Imperial Stout rather than the ones I love.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Bottle dated 8-16-05 . Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass. Aroma of alcohol, some wood, and a little bit of chocolate. Flavor is mostly alcohol heat, wood and again, just a bit of chocolate. Thereís far too much alcohol flavor to be enjoyable. Not very complex, and really just not that good. An uninspired beer that in my eyes, is highly overrated. Iím going to revisit my other bottle of the same batch around 2010, see if time helps any. 6/4/6/3/13 = 3.2
Bottle dated 8-16-05. Couldnít wait til 2010. Drinking 3-9-08. What a difference 2 1/2 years can make. Aroma is good, no alcohol, oak, some fruity/cherry is present. Flavor is well developed, the wood has been toned down, there is a nice chocolate flavor, smooth and no real noticeable alcohol burn. Seems like it has come together pretty well, definitely better than it was.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick deep brown with reds on the edges. It sets oily black under a huge thin bubbled head, which dissapears quicker than expected. The aroma is quite nice. Big roasted malts and a great cinnemon role and molasses aroma sitting above a wiskey influenced character. Distinct and unique aroma. Really strong alcohol flavors are initially border on obscene. They are sharp, oakey, and seem to finish sweet until a quick hit of alcohol again appears. It becomes more round and releases chocolate, coffee, molasses, and strong burbon tones. It grows on me as I finish it, but I think it could be better with age. Thanks to Kevin for this one.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Big black roasty chocolate, anise, some bourbon. Full and creamy on the palate, finishes bitter with an alcoholic burn. Thick and rich and chocolate. I will age some.