puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle from Holdenn, although a week later I could buy it locally. Whoops. Big, big beer. Iíve been missing this in ISs lately, stuck with astringent and powerful noses but a lack of the motor-oil thick body Iíve come to expect from the top specimens. This one certainly delivers there, falling short only of Bells Expedition and Batch 7000 in mouthfeel. The degree to which the bourbon accents the beer is very nice too, letting the beer itself do the speaking and merely playing a crescendo on the taste. It is clear the Goose Island has been honing the craft of barrel-aging far longer than most American brewers. Theyíve certainly nailed this one.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from my Secret Santa - thanks, whoever you are! Pours black with a ring of a beige head. Sweet raisiny soy nose, hints of bourbon and smoke. Fruity sweet dried dark fruit flavors with sweet roasty malt. Bourbon makes a splash in the finish. Alcohol well hidden. I found many of the flavors and aromas quite similar to a well aged SATB, which is amusing since that beer is so reviled and this is so well regarded.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 From a 12oz Bottle. Pitch black, viscous oil slick of a pour with a thin layer of quickly dissipating roasted brown head. A vigorous swirl brings some head back to life. Dark fruity characters of rich prune and raisin pour out the top of my snifter glass, backed by a bold, yet balanced, oaky caramel bourbon character. Some dark chocolatey fudge, soy dipped freshly baked pretzel, and a splash of vanilla also add some delicious complexity to this exquisite bouquet. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel with a silky soft chocolatey texture. The flavors start out with a decadent serving of dark chocolate fondue, drizzled with a rich, creamy caramel glaze. Notes of prune and raisin add a glorious, yet subtle fruity malt character. As the fruits rest lazily on the palate, a warming wave of caramel vanilla bourbon notes begin to take over on the tongue, along with a bit of saltiness. Before the alcohol notes begin to get too strong and unwelcome, they let off, slowly fading into the background to reveal some drier, chocolate roast coffee flavors that have been waiting patiently in the background. A hint of anise is left lingering in the final smack. The flavors of this beer are delcious, but incredibly overpowering, so much that a 12oz bottle is a tall order to consume by myself. If this beer came in a nip bottle, my rating would be even slightly higher for a slightly easier drinkability. Intense and over the top, but a sinfully delicious after dinner treat all the same. Thanks, Dillon!
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, i thought this was going to be straight bourbon based on some reviews. This beer was incredible. Aroma of bourbon, oak, coffee, and some dark chocolate. The first few tastes were incredible smooth but the heat caught up to it after awhile. Flavor has some vanilla coming through and bourbon. Great body and not overly sweet. Not much bitterness at all either. Very good stout.
JK (5592) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Joebrew for sharing. I appreciate the quality of this beer but the bourbon is not for me. There is a powerful bourbon aroma that destroys other aromas that might be there if not for the bourbon. Not as much bourbon as Shipwreck or Dragonís Milk, but a lot of bourbon anyway. A thick, black, and malty beer underneath the alcohol. There is some malt sweetness and a hint of English style port and wine flavors, but in the aroma the bourbon overwhelms all. I would like to taste this same beer with the bourbon removed.
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. The description rings true that this pours as dark as a black hole. It has a syrup/molasses like texture. The flavor is incredibly complex, actually like nothing I have had before. The aftertaste is sweet, and a brown sugar finish.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This imperial stout pours a deep black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon and sweet. A medium to full boded stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Lots of wood, some smoke and some roasted malts. Very smooth and full bodied. Excellent balance between the wood, bourbon, roasted malts and chocolate. There is a slight alcohol bite at 10%. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big bourbon aroma. Motor oil pour with hints of crimson in minimal head. Smokey/bourbon flavor that goes down very smooth. Awesome.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to an oily jet black, with dark brown head that lingers to mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of charred oak, nuts, smoke and alcohol, while the flavor floows in the same footsteps. The interesting thing about this full-bodied beer was that different sips seemed to yield different presence of the 11% alcohol, regardless of the temperature. This all culminated in a nice, long warming finish.
The alcohol was a little more dominant than I care for, or which is why I did not rate as high as say, the Great Divide Yeti. However, this was a most enjoyable beer on a winterís night.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
beautiful sexy smooth THICK PITCH BLACK body with a lovely disappearing dark brown head. BIG smooth cocoa cake aroma with lots of vanilla and some light funky wood notes. creamy sweet vanilla cocoa cake flavor with smoke cherries with only a hint of spice and espresso bitterness. bittersweet spicy cocoa finish with lots of vanilla and a hint of alcohol. alcohol just a bit too much....not by far but just a bit. silky smooth thick and creamy. good impy stout but its just too sweet. i would love this beer if it was just a bit more bitter. a bit too sweet by its self but with a dessert it would be fantastic.