coldbrewky (1371) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012
2012 On tap at the Dutch....I nearly fell off the barstool after drinking this with lunch like it was a regular beer. On all other occasions, I had shared a bottle. Up.2!
2011 Bottle via sloth, shared with my Dad as we transferred my home-brewed impy stout into the Tuthilltown bourbon barrel in my basement. Yeah...half a glass is what I needed and not much more. It looks just as silky smooth during the pour as it is at first taste. Big black and shiny with a dark sienna head. Boozy nose. Large robust body that fills your entire palette. Oak, and Bourbon notes abound as expected. No lacing. Big lingering nose even as glass empties. Nice!
burg326 (2757) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle, 2011 vintage, poured a dark black color with aromas of roast, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Flavors follow the aroma, more bourbon shines through as it warms, but for over 14% ABV, what do you expect. Really great beer that I would love to get more in my hands.
RamyG4 (308) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Bottle. Black beer with a very thin brown head. Aroma is coconut, bourbon, molasses, very little roasted notes and not a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, of bourbon, wood, coffee, chocolate, coconut, caramel. Finish is sweet, roasted, a little bitter, reminds me of good caramel popcorn. Full bodied, soft carbonation, very smooth, silky. I have a new favorite beer.
prawlie (1013) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 mL bottle of the 14.5% 2011 at Sheffield Tap into a Goose Island pint glass. Black and oily looky, with almost no head. Sweet, strong and sherry like aroma, bit of cereal really nice. Sweet, boozy, fruity, dates? Lovely sipping beer, gets better with every taste. Shame it was £10.80 but its one of the worldís best beers.
Jayseppi (98) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body that has a dark frothy head. Bourbon, oak and roasted coffee on the nose. A little alcoholic and rough in the flavour. Bourbon and oakiness definitely come through. Would benefit from some aging me thinks.
jcartamdg (1441) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into my bruery snifter. 2009 vintage. Pours pitch black with a 1 finger head that dissipates into a nice ring clinging onto my glass. Aroma of bourbon, oak and some vanilla, flintstone vitamin taste . Taste follows the nose, still a bit hot but not in a bad way, cant shake the vitamin taste. Alcohol is there but doesnít hit till the end of the taste.
dinkle50 (835) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle. Very dark pour with a small head. Aroma of roast and a little sweetness from the oak & bourbon. Taste is very complex. Some raisin with vanilla and bourbon. Some roast in there too. Nice and toasty. Not overly sweet. Super creamy mouth. Very tasty beer.
Johnsense (600) - - MAY 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2013 2007 Vintage. Black pour, very tiny head, low carbonation. Beautifully balanced in both aroma and taste - Bourbon, Vanilla, high quality belgian dark Chocolate, slight bit of black coffee w/ cream and sugar, slight oak, dark caramel. Very slight alcohol warming while drinking with almost none detected in the aroma. The2006 vintage I later had fell short of the majesty in the 2007. If you have one of these in your cellar, consider opening it now. Superlative.
2012 edition - a tad cloying, but still fairly nice 3.8
queenholly (2414) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared in line at DLD. Chocolate malt and strong bourbon aroma.. Black with a small tan head. Chocolate malt, cola, and strong bourbon flavor. Smooth full body. Personally, I thought the bourbon flavor was too boozy and overpowering.
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Vintage 2008 bottle (12oz) poured into tulip glass
A: This unbelievable beauty pours as black as night with absolutely no head at all. There is no carbonation visible except if I stare at the side and strain I spot a stray bubble or two pushing its way to the top. It poured like motor oil of the 10w 30 type and that is no exaggeration! I love the appearance of this awesome imperial stout. THIS is the way this style should look!
S: The nose on this gem is f*cking outstanding. When I popped it open and even before pouring I caught a few whiffs from the bottle. Now when I got my nose in the glass I literally got the chills and goosebumps. This smells wonderfully of sweet molasses, chocolate, figs and dark fruits. The bourbon has melded together with the other scents like a masterpiece. The aroma is so damn smooth with almost no alcohol to speak of. Where is the 13%?
T: It canít get much better than this! WOW!! At first the sweet caramel hits my mouth along with a cloyingly sweet molasses. I get the bourbon but like the smell it is so damn smooth and not overpowering at all. I love the chocolate notes flirting with the vanilla notes from the barrels. The dark fruits come out mid sip and in the finale the alcohol makes itself known but does not burn. I mean there is absolutely no burn from the alcohol like youíd think at 13%. It has aged perfectly and the heat is GONE!
M: Perfection and this is not an understatement IMO. The viscosity is lovely as it coates every nook and cranny of my mouth including on the swallow. This is so smooth for a huge beer I canít describe it. This baby lingers forever and even coates my lips as I take a drink. I do get that wonderful alcohol warming sensation after a while as it is now hitting my head. This beer has the perfect mouthfeel for its style for me. It is chewy, thick and oh so good!
O: This has always been my favorite Imperial stout and the 2008 vintage only shows itself off even more so. This is absolute, unbelievable, mind blowing perfection. If you get a chance to trade for a 2008 vintage I recommend you do it. Believe me you will not be disappointed! This is still one of my favorite beers and definitely my favorite of this style especially cellared as it has just melded together like a beautiful masterpiece!