HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this was awesome. Iíve had many bourbon barrel aged beers and most have been dominated by whiskey flavor, but this one has a complimentary bourbon flavor. Pours very thick and deep dark black. The nose is strong of whiskey and roasted malts. The flavor profile has hints of vanilla, cherry, sweet malt, and roasted malt followed up by a warming whiskey aftertaste that even non-whiskey drinkers (myself) would enjoy.
Metalhead (630) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Iíve been pretty disappointed by most of G.I s BIG beers. Good but not special. THIS one makes up for them. Pours like fuckin motor oil in color and substance. Big bourbon,oak,vanillia,mild chocolate aroma and flavor. Great mouthfeel. Take small sips and swirl it around. Leaves the lips sticky. The only drawback is the price. $17-18 a four pack. OUCH! Iím saving the other bottle for a nice spring day and the right cigar.
Update with the 2007 vintage. Started out at about 50 F. Not as complex as last year and the Bourbon is too in your face. As it warmed it became barely 2 dimensional. Disappointment indeed. I think they crapped out on quality just to boost the ABV a notch higher. 2007 rating a 3.4.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 a phenomenal brew (I am a huge fan of the barell aging fad). Poured out syrup like, nice and thick. Pitch black with a small tanish head. Aroma full of so much goodness, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some fruits. After 20 minutes of nosing the beer, the first sip was a delight. Everything in the aroma but multiplied. A personal favorite.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 If you arenít a fan of barrel aging, this isnít a beer you want to seek out. But if you are, I got one for you! Pours pitch black, very little head. Aroma is more about the barrel aging than the stout. Its very bourbony, vanilla, and fig like. Flavor is fruity, with very little smoke or roast qualities to it, uh but the boubon, its there and its excellent. Finish is very sweet and wet.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 A really nice imperial stout from GI. Bourbon flavors very apparent, gives it a nice vinous quality. Strong color, and very small head. Above and beyond most GI offerings.
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 This is one unique beer! Pours a pitch black body with a small brown head. Aroma is weird, soya and prunes, bitter and cloying. Flavor is very different as well and very extreme. Strong tones of liquorice and anise with a roasted tone and some alcohol. Quite interesting but too much.....
Ungstrup (29663) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 The aroma is sweet alcoholic with notes of wood, prunes, and raisins. The color is pitch black and it has a disappearing brown head. The flavor is alcoholic with notes of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, vanilla, and a little soya. A somewhat weird flavor, but quite interesting.
HildigŲltur (5103) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost black coloured. Heavy aroma of soy sauce, raisins and prunes. Very much liquorice in the flavour. Slightly salty finish. Well brewed but too much soy sauce and prunes for me.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Extremely bready and thick texture. Eat it with a spoon. Brutal and warming. Caramelly finish.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Huge aroma of soy, prunes, raisins and some roasted malts, becomes too much. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Very roasty flavor, licorice and lots of alcohol. This beer was too much for me.