skoisirius (1886) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 Holy mother of GOD. This is one of those beers you always will remember and will always want more! A 12 oz bottle was pours into a few Snifter glasses thanks to acertain (once again!!). This brew pours an intense dark black color with almost no head, but what is there is quite beigey tan. The nose on this brings a blast of oak woody bourbon, dark roasty malts, and hinting on caramel and smokeyness. The flavor then brings an onslaught to the palate starting off with a very roasted and dark malt mixed with vanilla moving into a caramely sweetness with smoke, and finally ending in a beautifully done thick molasses and bourbon oaked alcohol finish. VERY full bodied and intense on the tongue. Little to no carbonation. The bourbon is hinted at through the whole taste, but is mainly present near the finish. Granted, this is not a balanced beer...but GODDAMN, itís great, and it is exactly what it should be for an Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. Thanks again Andrew! Canít wait to try this out again...
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from my secret santa! the liquid pours into the glass with a reluctant head but a head that eventually surfaces bright tan with little bubbles that skate like ball bearings on the rest of the foam. black. subdued bourbon aroma, with more oak and smoke and malt showing than the other typical vanilla or raisiny caramel characteristics. huge bourbon flavor though, amazing that the flavors can shine through without overpowering the nose. more singed oak and vanilla, but certainly plenty of roasted and hoppy bitterness. some acidity but not an inappropriate amount; tannins moreso than other acids. excellent beer, iím glad to have tried it! i would drink it as often as its availability would permit....
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours like motor oil, dark black with a slight head the comes well after the pour and dissipates quickly, minimal lacing. Aroma of warm alcohol/bourbon, oak, malts and just a touch of vanilla. Thick taste with oak, molasses, caramel, alcohol and roasted malts. Nice imperial, recommended.
Louipa (121) - USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Here is a list of Imperial Stouts I like more than this: Expedition Stout, World Wide Stout, Victory Storm king. That being said it was Very Very good beer. But it was 18.99 for a 4 pack. Iím gonna age the other 3 for a few years and see if they can improve to the point of being better than the other stouts I mentioned. It is black with a chocolate brown tiny head. Mildly carbonated. The smell but not really flavor of burbon is mildly there. It has more of a toasty chocolaty essence to it, with some bitterness. Its overall a good imperial stout. And it is possible that my bottle was too young. (it was bottled in June 06) Try it with a peice of chocolate cake.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Even though I balked at paying 7.50 for this in a store, I had no problem forking over 12 in a barÖ go figure. Thick pitch black beer with dark brown head fading to lace. Aroma is very sweet and malty, dark heavy salty roastiness. Soy character along with all of the sweetness. Warming brings out the sweet bourbon and vanilla character. Dried plums and prunes. Charcoal smokiness and lots of heavy bitter dark chocolate. Soft tobacco herbal character as well. Very complex nose. Flavour is just as impressive, dominated by dark chocolate and heavy roast, there are also notes of smoke, soy, charred oak, followed by soft vanilla and bourbon on the finish. Bitterness is quite herbal and quite assertive, combining with all of the roast to keep the sweetness in check. Lovely brew, bourbon doesnít dominate, but just adds background complexity to a beer that would have been excellent anyway. Didnít expect to enjoy this as much as I did.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (thanks to Emily for being awesome) shared with NachlamSie for our usual Thursday night tasting. Pours black with no head. The aroma is very strong on bourbon, and a sweet molasses-like note. Many of the things I look for in an Imperial Stout are missing, or hidden by the bourbon. The flavor though, contains all the elements of a great Imperial Stout, and in great form. The initial sip revealed many notes of coffee, bourbon of course, vanilla, smokiness, oak, and sweet malts. All of these flavors linger on the palate for quite some time. This is a wonderful creation.
NachlamSie (3107) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Bottle, big thanks to Muenster for sharing this beauty. The pour is very black with no real head other than a dark tan ring on the top. Lacing on the goblet is thick. Iím slightly let down by the aroma. My expectations for this are very high and the nose seems a little one dimensional. It smells good indeed, but itís little more than sweet bourbon with a touch of coffee behind it. Iíve sampled a few other bourbon-aged brews with a comperable nose. Now, the mouth is where this gem really shines. The flavor is absolutely savory. More espresso, brownies, smoke, and dense, black chocolate come out and intertwine with the sweet vanilla, oak, bourbon notes. The viscous liquid is coating and the whole delivery just sticks to my mouth and lingers for minutes on a savory note of coffee ice cream, bourbon, and a nice cigar. This is a gigantic beer with tremendous depth and balance.
[Nov 22, 2007]=------- 2006 bottle sent my way by the generosity of Iowaherkeye. I was so blown away by this one that I had to get another bottle. The pour is darker than I remember. Itís almost ebony with a small dark tan head. Lacing is dense on the snifter. The aroma is quite rich with deeper complexity than I recall. Yes, the bourbon is laid on thick, but many subtle nuances one finds in a good glass of southern whisky are imparted here: vanilla, smoke, charred oak, all with a chocolaty and roasty background. The mouthfeel is pretty dense and highlights the savory sweet flavors of brownies, vanilla, soft smoke, and coffee. The alcohol warms up my nostrils a bit while I sip this beast. Yíknow, this is a very, very good beer. Itís not as complex or refined as I recall and the bourbon character is much stronger, perhaps the 3 year old bottle I first sampled actually benefited from the age. This is a pretty straightforward "barrel aged imperial stout," but it is done so well. While no surprises are found here, this is quite solid. My score reflects the 2006 bottle.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - 2006 - Aroma of roasted dark malts, alcohol, bourbon, oak, black licorice and vanilla. Pours black with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is an improvement over aroma. Very roasty chocolate, smooth bourbon, vanilla and alcohol. Palate is smooth abd creamy. This is how a burbon stout should taste. Well balanced and smooth, not like a stout with a shot of bourbon in it.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, no head. Aroma of burbon, vanilla, earthy peetness. Taste of burbon, chocolate with caramel and a hint of charcole.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with Adverse2Bitter. Pures black with burgundy edges. Dark lacing vanishes quickly. Fabolous aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and of course bourbon. Rich, thick body. The flavor was excellent,just like the aroma. Sweet and chewy with roasted finish. The hops are Way in the background. Thanks, Jesse.