ilovedarkbeer (2384) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#444/470 bottle thanks to Lumpy. Thick glass coating pour with a small reddish bubbly head that reappears with a good swirl sits atop a dark black brown opaque body. Nose is dark chocolate fudge, vanilla, and unami. Taste is the same with notes of bourbon, wood plank, and dark chocolate resins (caramel candies). Very nice silky mouthfeel that feels runny on the tongue. A bit boozy but thats how I like it. Great beer.
BMan1113VR (7894) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle number 444/470 thanks to Lumpy...Big thanks to Lumpy. Pours black with no head, but the body coats the glass when swirled. Aroma of bourbon, nutty fudge, oak, ash, chocolate and some light coffee. Taste is chocolaty and nutty with fudge and a bitter oak finish that seems to last for ever. Ashy with caramel and vanilla noted on the next sip. Velvety and mouth coating with a few bubbles here and there. Amazing mouthfeel. Slight burn on the throat, but no alcohol (fusel) in the flavor. Great beer!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #444/470. Nose-caramel, some coffee. Body-still, some ring of bubbles. Taste-medium bitter, smooth palate, still, vanilla, very light wood, some tannins, aroma hops in the background, fudge, unsweet raisin, slightly boozy, unami.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Lumpy. Pours a motor oil black, small copper color head. Aroma of strong dark roast, wood, and chocolate. Flavor Is the same. Mouthfeel is great, very heavy body, silky, very, very low carbonation, almost none....Overall, I sipped this to enjoy!
mar (4986) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 bottle 444/470 thanks to lumpy. pitch black pour with no head, just a rocky ring of dark amber froth. nose of bourbon, vanilla and toffee. great on the palate with a nice bourbon flavor and a smooth roasted finish. excellent example of a barrel aged stout.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours pitch black with small tan head. Aroma is all booze with some vanilla and sweet malt. Flavor is high booze, vanilla, roasty malt, chocolate, and finishes with more booze. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Unlike its counterpart the BA Ruffian I like the way the high booze plays with dark malts. Damn fine brew.
Ibrew2or3 (7300) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Gillard for bringing another BA GD beer. Thanks Ryan. Pours deep black darkness with 60 second mocha head. The aroma is full of vanilla, fresh cut oak, mild molasses, caramel and boozy whiskey. The taste begins feeling thick and rich bringing up smooth notes of chocolate, molasses and caramel. Big wood oak notes and whiskey booze surface by midway and squeeze out the malt flavors. As the finish approaches booze alcohol chemicals rise up and move the rich chocolate and molasses to the side completely. Could use a bit less booziness. The chocolate, mild coffee, burnt malts and molasses somehow manage to resurface at the finish and persist into the after taste.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mentor. Pours black with a nice brown head. Nose was disappointing at first, maybe too cold. It did get better over time. Nose was of oak, but not a lot of whiskey and some alcohol. Taste was chocolate, licorice and roasted malt. Mouthfeel was medium, but not as thick as most impy stouts. This was good, but not great. Oak Aged Yeti and regular Yeti are both better. Disappointed.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Pours a dark black murky color with thin tan yellow head. Aroma is roasted, malty and sweet with notes of vanilla, oak, whiskey, rye, ripe dark fruits, dark chocolate. Flavor is also roasted, malty and sweet with notes of ripe dark fruit, whiskey, vanilla, wood, dark chocolate. Generally full body with a pleasing roasted malty finish. Bourbon notes are more subtle in this beer than some barrel-aged beers, something I enjoyed.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from MatlOMeal shared at the Houston Impy Stout II Tasting. Thanks! Pours a beautiful slightly off-black with a nice dark tan head. Aroma is very subtle- almost TOO subtle- pancake syrup, sweet notes of chocolate-infused alcohol, and a touch of caramel. Flavor is a rush of hopped-up, syrup-soaked, sweet-breaded bourbonized stout. Thinner-than-expected mouthfeel. Not bad, but I’ve had this beer before; I need something to set it apart.