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.
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Re-rate after over a year of aging. What a difference a year makes. Same perfect thick-as-molasses black pour, but this time the alcohol took a back seat. Before I was so overwhelmed by the alcohol in both the nose and the flavor it took me an hour to drink one bottle. It was honestly like an imp stout with straight bourbon poured in. This time the 13% abv takes a back seat letting the oaky, smoked coffee, chocolate and light whiskey come to the front. Unbelievable complexity in all aspects and cannot stress how happy I am to give this a second try. My previous score was a 3.9 if you can believe.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 12oz, bottled 7/14/06. 5 1/2 months old now. pours pitch black, head is minimal but with some vigerous stirring i got a nice red velvet and tan head. looked amazing next to the pitch black stout. too bad it didnít last long and half way through the beer thereís no head at all. nose is quite bourbony with wonderful notes of vanilla, oak, burned espresso, and chocolate. one of the best aromas iíve smelled. this beer is pretty hot. i feel the alcohol in the back of my throat. this has to be more than 11% cuz it tastes like 13+. tastes is very bourbony, vanilla, oaky, with undertones of dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. mouthfeel isnít very full but is very smooth. very complex and delicious. loses palate points for how hot it is. canít wait to see this with a few years on it.9/4/8/3/16=4.0.
okay so sometimes you sample a beer and it blows you away only to not have the same experience when you go back to it. well this is a rating from an almost 1 year cellar aged 06 bottle...wow. no more strong alc and bourbon in the nose, flavor and finish! nose is rich chocolate, oak, coconut, and bourbon. flavor is an extremely rich and complex array of the same, lots of toffee, coconut, oak, oh wow this is amazing, has aged so well it was once so hot but no more! this is aging better than other vintages. wow this is getting close to oak aged dark lord. 9/4/9/4/18=4.4.
so I went back and tried another bottle and it wasnít like that one. more alcohol in this one and didnít have the depth and complexity along with less coconut. 9/4/8/4/17=4.2
11/3/07, vertical with 1/05, 8/05, 7/06, and 10/07 vintages. I rank the vertical from best to worst: 1/05, 7/06, 10/07, and 8/05. The 1/05 batch has aged wonderfully, and it seemed the smoothest and richest. 7/06 batch is doing nicely but needs some more time as it is still a little harsh around the edges. 10/07 is just too fresh, clearly needs more time as it seems too raisiny and alcoholy. Iím not sure what happened to the 8/05 batch as the nose didnít have much at all and the flavor lacked any chocolate presence, just alcohol, soy, and charred wood. this also had a fizzy mouth feel. interesting vertical, really dissapointed with the 8/05 bottle but BCS could have long aging potential.
12/1/07, sampled another 8/05 bottle. tasty stuff still but mostly bourbon notes coming through. not much aged noticed, appears pretty mellow. alcohol noticed in the nose when it warms. probably the weakest vintage of BCS and Iím not sure itís going anywhere with more age. 3.8.
2/05/08, July 2006 batch, aged 17months. pours extremely thick and pitch black with no head. i donít recall seeing this be so thick before. aroma is soft buttery bourbon oak and dark fruits. flavor has a dark chocolate mixing with big oaky bourbon notes while some alcohol and dark fruits finish it out. body is thick and finish is silky smooth. aging really well.8/4/8/5/17=4.2.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Dark and oily with absolutely no head. The aroma is somewhat hard to detect. It is much lighter than the wonderfully delicious tastes of chocolate, roasted fruit, and malt. The finish contains cherry, bourbon, and oak. If you have ever made a fire of only oak wood, the smell and taste will be delightfully familiar and is very well integrated. The price is not for the faint-hearted, running nearly $20 for 4-12 ounce bottles.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque with no head. Aroma is vanilla, alcohol, bourban, caramel, chocolate, and oak. Taste is a lot of upfront bourban, toffee, caramel, alcohol. Bourban is way too much.
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Ty5592. Thanks Tyrone! Pour is black with a small tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of oak, chocolate cream, espresso, bourbon, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Flavor is heavy on oak and bourbon flavored chocolate roasted malt. I know that was a run-on, but it needed to be said. Worth its notariety.
Bartzilla (597) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Nice! Very nice! Glugs out of the bottle and then hits you in the choppers with a healthy dose of wood and bourbon. A sipper, indeed as this is some alcoholic tasting stuff. Was a deciding, powerful finish to a spontaneous Death Metal Beer Tasting Session.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Super thick, black-as-night, oil like liquid. Aroma is Vanilla, Chocolate and Bourbon. Barrel aging is clearly evident in this beer, and the bourbon flavors come through well. Very complex, very rich. The finish is very hot with alcohol. This would probably be much better with some aging. If it wasnít for the alcohol finish, this would warrant a much higher rating. Excellent beer, with some minor flaws.
vyvvy (5303) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one surprised me quite a bit considering I was expecting a bourbon bomb. Pours thick and oily black with a dark brown head. The aroma has heavily roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, traces of bourbon and cream - very hearty and full. Thick and full bodied that is rich and velvety with a small amount of carbonation. The taste starts with a load of very roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark fruits, anise - there is a lot going on here. The finish has a heck of an alcohol kick, but it words for this big beer. There is bourbon in the flavor, but it is not in the forefront as with many, it is more of a supporting role. Very well done imperial stout.