HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle, via Ughsmash. (makes Homer noise "uh huhuhuhuh!"). Poured thick almost opaque brown-black, large brown diminishing fizzy-foamy head. You can really smell the oak bourbon barrel in the aroma - very sweet and woody, lots of yeast and rich dark roast malt, some hops and smoke - good lord thatís nice. Taste follows on, but thereís vanilla, cream, evergreen needles, blackberry, molasses and winesaps, but mostly that rich, sweet, woody oak and bourbon character, with the alcohol vying successfully for attention. This isnít something youíd drink several pints of - okay, I wouldnít - but itís smooth and relaxing, creamy, thick, syrupy and mildly lively with alcohol and a sweet woody palate. The finish is relatively quick, and while there is hop, alcohol and overroast bitterness here, itís still fairly sweet; and it leaves a very nice aftertaste behind. I loved it, for me itís right up there with the Oak Aged Yeti for me, and a huge shout-out to Ughsmash for sending this one to me.
Lowe1983 (1385) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with thin dark brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts with a hint of alcohol. Strong alcohol taste at first but finishes with a sweet oak-like taste. A pretty delicious brew.
Capa (2262) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 Pours deep and dark with very little head that is a dark brown. The aroma is strong and got to me almost as soon as I opened the bottle. Chocolate and coffee with roasted malts seem to be the main things I noticed but was rounded out by a touch of sweetness and a light alcohol scent as well. The flavor is ever changing. At first you taste the alcohol and the sweetness of the beer which seems to come from dark fruits and caramel. As you drink it you continually notice the alcohol but the flavor changes to chocolate and finishes with a strong roasted coffee flavor. The alcohol is always present and not hidden at all but that is what I expected, a great beer.
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with medium head. Bourbon/cinnamon/coffee flavor and aroma. Very viscous palate.
jcr (2310) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This struck me as more of a nice sipping whiskey or sweet apertif than a beer ó and thatís not a negative. Opaque black pour with a small, dark tan head that disappears rapidly. The aroma is of a sweet liquor. In addition to the alcohol , it smelled of sweet fruit. The flavor contained an array of tastes ó raisins, overripe plums, roasted malts and caramel. The finish was slightly bitter. Full body. The alcohol is quite warming. Excellent.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
While some beers really benefit from bourbon aging, especially fruity beers, I don;t think Imperial Stouts share that benefit. At least I didnít notice any bourbon or woody aromas or tastes in this one. It was nevertheless a good beer with some yogurt, coffee chocolate on the nose and more chocolate and coffee along with figs, and other dark fruit on the tongue. Mouthfeel was chewy and the finish was bittersweet.
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 (2017) - 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.