bwkrieger (14) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to TPaliga for this one. Was very excited to try this and disappointed after. Had high hopes that didn;t hold up, would love to try again and see how it developes. Deep black color, huge bourbon aroma with oak and hints of vanilla. Thin on the palate (from the barrel) and overall not bad, but nothing special. I usually love BAB’s but this one didn’t do it for me.
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Rerate on tap @ the maproom. Dark black creamy head. Bourbon alcohol and dough in the nose. A really nice blend of sweetness bourbon and dough. Flavors aren’t quite so balanced. Roast chocolate bourbon rich sticky and sweet. Alcohol chocolate finish. Nice.
Rating #300! Bottle #119. Pours a thick pitch black color with a tan ring of a head ....from the brown surface rises so easily an absolutely wonderfully strong aroma ... rasins, prunes, roast, bourbon, lots of dark fruit, sugar, toffee, lots of carmel, and cookies. Smooth and full bodied coffee roast, bourbon, toffee, rich milk chocolate. I don’t find the bourbon overpowering but balanced pretty well for its still relative young age. I notice the bourbon the most in the finish with a little warmth in the back of my throat. This tastes so much better than its tapping, a damn fine beer. 10/4/9/4/18 =4.5
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Santa. Black, thin tan head. Nose is burbon, chocolate, vanilla, milk. Lots of booze. Flavor is burbon, vanilla, alcohol, bitter cherry, wood. Nice but like most BA beers this showcases what used to be in the barrel rather than the base beer.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 22oz 06 bottle #119/900. big thanks to holdenn for the sample. pours pitch black with small tan head around the rim. aroma of raisons, burnt currants, smoke, candied dark fruits, and bourbon (but not overdone). flavor is burnt coffee, caramelized dark fruits, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, big hot bourbon and plum finish. mouthfeel is too thin. alcohol burn on the palate. i got used to the big bourbon and alcohol bite to this after 3ounces (makes sense). this just doesn’t seem complex enough to be a top20, but damn this beer grows on me as a drink it and begin to crave another sip.
Theis (14797) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (#60/900 - 2006) thanks to Engelsmann. Black - light head. Aroma: Raisins, vanilla, sweetness. Taste: Licorice, roasted, vanilla, wood, raisins, bitter finish. Nice smooth - medium body.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #60/900-2006 thanks to Martin Engelsmann. A black beer with a small brown head, good looking beer. The aroma is of wood, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, chocolate and a hint of coffee. The taste is sweet vanilla wood, bourbon, chocolate, a bit roasted not much. Medium to full body with a vanilla and alcohol finish.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 2006, #114 of 900. Dark brown pour, quickly diminishing tan head with a white rim, adequate lacing. Aroma is of chocolate syrup, fiery bourbon, powdered sugar, strong alcohol that doesn’t hinder the aromatics, works well, with sizeable roastiness. Definitely one to ponder over, with hints of chocolate cake on the back end. Enters the mouth stunningly thick. Mellow, ultra smooth chocolate malts, much lessroast initially than the aroma eludes to. There is a strong tannic bite on my cheeks as well. White chocolate in the finish, along with a little vanilla, presumably from the bourbon soaked wood. The alcohol in the nose, body and taste intensifies signifigantly every degree the libation warms. Not a world class stout...I think, in fact, I prefer the regular version of this beer a great deal more. Very, very good nonetheless.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to Ohiodad for setting this aside for me. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, light pineapple, chocolate and essresso all appear in this very intense aroma. The body is deep black and holds a diminishing, wispy mocha head.
Smooth roasted dark chocolate int he fore is followed by a heavy bourbon blast which then rolls toward vanilla, roasted/burnt malt and milk chocolate flakes and creamed coffee. It almost seems less intense than the original as far as the base flavor, but barrel aging can sometimes alter beers in odd ways. I’d actually say i like this version a bit better than the original.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of Styles!!! Thanks! Bottle 615 of 900. Pitch black, with a beige head which quickly disappeared. Smells like a shot of whiskey, with a touch of coffee dripped on the top. Very smooth, too smooth. Good solid malts, but i think it could have used more hops. As much as i like my impys smooth, this just needed a little more bite to it, past the whisky, coffee and chocholate favors. Definetly somethin special, but overall had higher expectations.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle shared with puzzl. Pours pitch black with no head or carbonation to speak of. Aroma is surprisingly subtle of chocolate and a little bitter espresso. Flavor is similar but with some oak and much more bourban showing through. Slightly metallic. Body is a little thin and flavor is not overly complex, but at least the bourban is not overpowering like in many bourban barrel aged beers.