Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Original Rating (4/23/2010): 22oz bottle. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a very pretty lacing. Delicate and plentiful. Hot damn the aroma has tons of hops. Loaded with citrusy pines and juicy grapefruits. Behind the initial rush of hops is a good amount of caramel with a smooth, dark and milky chocolate richness. There is a bit of licorice booze to this as a light to moderate roast fills out the rest of the nose. Flavor is more the same. Tons of grapefruits and citrusy pines with more of that distinct, Bourbon County sweetness. Rich, smooth, sweet chocolates and plenty of caramel with a light roast that presents itself even more in the aftertaste. Finishes dry with a touch of booze and a somewhat resiny bitterness with plenty of hops. A bit smokey too leaving a lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, very creamy body and soft, light carbonation. Overall, damn this is hoppy. There are a shit ton of hops in this, but still a sweet, round, and roasty body to balance. The Bourbon County base is clearly evident, which I love. Man, this is a hop headís impy. Iím aging a couple of these to see what happens when the hops recede (8,5,8,4,17).
Re-rate (10/21/2012): 22oz bottle from Binnyís Lincoln Park with a bottled on date of 03/06/10. Pours a pitch black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and caramel, but there is still a good amount of muted citrus grapefruits and tangerines. The explosion of pines has clearly receded, but the remnants still remain. Some roasts, a bit of a tobacco note showing up after a couple years, and a light molasses note. Flavor is similar. Still lots of muted citruses with plenty of grapefruits, tangerines, and a bit of a melon aspect, but none of the pine that was there a couple years ago. The malts are still nice with a good amount of caramel and chocolate with touches of molasses showing up. Finishes with some roasts, a light coffee note, and a good amount of citrus. Mostly dry before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-full, smooth, somewhat creamy body with a light carbonation. Overall, I wasnít expecting the intense pine hops to hold up after a couple years, but I was pleasantly surprised with the nice citrus aspect that remained. The caramel and chocolate malts are moderately sweet still with a bit of a molasses note showing up as this clearly displays the aged Bourbon County base. Still a decent roast backing as well keeping everything well integrated. Glad I held onto this for awhile...nice!
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to a fellow mug-clubber at Flossmoor Station for the taste. It pours a thick black body with a slender brown head. The aroma is roasty and smokey, dark malts with smooth chocolate and some dark dried fruit, all liberally seasoned with citrus and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is thick rather than creamy. The flavor has the addition of alcohol and an intensifying of the hops. More interesting than enjoyable.
BluePhish (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours midnight black with a nice mocha-colored head with a bit of retention and lacing.
Nose is smokey, almost meaty, with roasted notes, milk chocolate, candied-raisins, and a very slight metallic twinge.
Taste is obviously malty, with definite chocolate notes, a hoppy characteristic as well though, finishes with bitter cocoa and hops as well. An interesting combo.
Palate is extremely creamy, coating the mouth without feeling sticky, alcohol is balanced, doesnít come off as hot. Carbonation seems fine.
Overall a good stout but not a great one for me, something slightly odd int he aroma and a bit lacking in depth in the taste department, still, very drinkable and pleasant overall.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
nice looking beer but the flavor and aroma was to hoppy/smokey for me.Another one down the drain unfortunately.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dark tan head and minimal lacing. Nose has lots of sticky malts with a nice balance of earthy hops, and a big dose of citrus in the finish. A bit of heat, too. Flavor has more heat than the nose, but balances it out with hops and roast, and a semi-sweet finish. Full-bodied and not terribly drinkable, but thatís not too expected with a beer of this size. Dug it.
Zeswaft (1315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nowadays I rarely drink imperial stouts and now I think I remember why. I can feel myself getting fatter while drinking this. This a tasty, albeit overwhelmingly, sweet and intensely rich stout. Syrupy and almost too sweet. Luckily there is a noticeable helping of hops to balance this out. My sister sent me two of these for my 26th birthday. Iím gonna lay one down for a few months and let it mellow out. Zeswaft scale Flavor 9, Value 7 Itís hard to justify $10 for a bomber but it did get me wobbly.
deyholla (5381) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with a very think dark brown head. Aroma has clear notes of hops with an undertone of roasted malts and dark dried fruits. The flavor begins with a flavor of alcohol, but notes of pine hops as well as dark fruits and roasted malt grow throughout the beer.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this in 2010 - bottle was 2010 and it needs more time in the bottle. Very boozy and had a strange oder to it. Taste was good and very hoppy.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some milk chocolate, roast, grapefruit, light anise, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, orange, some grapefruit, light roast, alcohol warming. Grapefruit becomes more pronounced in both aroma and taste as the beer warms. Anise and some cherry creep in too. Grapefruit/orange hop burp. Smooth medium-full body, dangerously easy drinking. Damn, they arenít kidding about the dry hopping. If Goose Island called this an IIBA, I couldnít argue with them.
drfabulous (3376) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing hoppy aroma that deceives. Lots of alcohol in that aroma. Blind folded, I wouldnít know Iím about to drink a stout. Rich, thick, creamy chocolate taste. A bucket of simcoe here. Simcoe pretty much fixes everything (the way foodies think bacon does). I need to let it mellow a bit in the glass. Very boozy. A pretty complex and in your face stout for a company partly owned by In-Bev.