crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Bottle #244. I finally got it the most sought after beer from my hometown brewery, thanks to my boy Konrad. Obvious pitch black pour and a quickly diminshed brown head. Aroma is strong with the bourbon just a blast to your face with it, some oak and maybe even vanilla. Flavor is strong bourbon at first that takes a few sips to get your tongue ready for the other flavors, I got a lot of coconut as it warmed and vanilla along with oak. The regular blackout stout flavors really are mellowed by how potent the bourbon is I get dark chocolate, dark fruits, lots of hops, but not as much coffee that I knew from the regular version itís there but less these "new" flavors really take it over completely being sweet bourbon alcohol, coconut, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and hops. Not bad a little too much on the sweet side and the bourbon may have been too potent for my liking but still a cool ass beer and Iím glad I finally got it.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nose-buttery, butterscotch. Body-opaque with a medium ring of bubbles and a thin film of bubbles. Taste-butterscotch, buttery, watered down bourbon, prickly perfect CO2, perfect low key sweetness, light chocolate powder, vanilla, grape, light fig and raisin, alcohol. Does a great job of keeping all the intense flavors like dark fruits, sweetness, and alcohol in check. A very well done beer in an overexposed style. Thanks Keivn. Bottle 854/900.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a deep black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is very malty with alot of coffee and a nice touch of bourbon. Flavor is semi sweet choco, coffee with a nice oaky bourbon finish. Over all this is a great brew!
IrishBoy (3922) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by our good buddy Odeed; Vintage 2006 Bottle #229/900; Nose of Vanilla, bourbon, woody oak, and chocolate; opaque black with a tiny tan head; flavor of a lot of bourbon, with a nice bit of chocolate trying to come out and show itself but it had a hard time with the alcohol, which lasted to the finish where I also detected a tiny bit of hops.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Odeed for sharing. Black body with no head. Aroma is oatmeal, whiskey, mollases, coffee, and some light banana. Taste is heavy oak, whiskey, chocolate and cappucino.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Pailhead and the columbus crew! Dark brown to black nice brown head Amazing notes of oak, coffee, coffee and vanilla. Flavor was extremely well rounded Huge roast malt with oak chocolate and vanilla .Not to overpowering bourbon flavor. I am very impressed ...
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006
Thanks to Blake (1FastSti) for popping this one. I have wanting it for a while and it did not disappoint. It is the best example of a barrel aged imperial stout that Iíve had but it is definitely in my personal Top 50 and should stay for quite a while. This is one that everyone should get a chance to try, so if you know someone who has it make them your friend.
Aroma / Appearance - Oak, coffee, malt and charcoal form a sweet malty nose. It is very balanced and while not the most complex imperial stout, it is focused in what it presents. The body is deep black with no head and only a trace amount of lacing. I was expecting a little more but it was still a beauty to behold.
Flavor / Palate - Smoke, malt, expresso and chocolate greet the senses first. After that, the sensation of raisins, anise and licorice unfurl over the taste buds. The finish is smoky and a little hot, but I could still finish off a bomber of this on my own. If anyone wonders if I can do it, just send me one in the mail.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber, #186 of 900 (2006 vintage) courtesy of Sliffy - you, sir, are the MAN! Deep brown, almost black, with a thin brown head. Burnt chocolate, woody smoke and a mild tobacco note. Flavor is chocolate, mild smoke, more tobacco, and a roasty coffee tinge. Silky smooth mouthfeel. The finish takes the mouth over with kid gloves, encompassing it in velvety roasty chocolate. Simply awesome!
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Bottle 174 of the original release from Kujo9, shared with SuIIy on 10/28/06
Nice appearance on it, big, nearly creamy beige head is well-retained and provides plenty of lacing.
Smells like an intense amount of overdone bourbon aging. Sweet vanilla, bit of char, coconut, pineapple, buttermilk. Nothing new or different than any other BA imperial. Not much stout character left behind the huge facade of bourbon.
Very sweet beer (honey, toffee, caramel, buttercream), with a lack of tannic dryness from the barrel and only just a touch of beer character as well. Mostly a flat chocolate and fudge flavor behind the overdone, typical bourbon barrel flavors. Texture is markedly chewy and the carbonation wasnt aggressive or overly loose. Still, way too much barrel, not much beer. Kind of a shame, as the texture is much better than any batch of regular blackout stout Iíve ever had (havent had that many). Didnt finish the bomber between the two of us, though. Sorry for the uninspired review, but massively overdone, out-of-balance beers canít elicit much of a response from me.
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to Scott (ohiodad) for hooking this up. Shared with Tom and Daniel. 2006 bottle. Pour is black with a small little tan head on it. Smell is prodominately bourbon with some oak and vanilla notes. There are also some subtle hints of chocolate and coffee within it. Taste is sweet and full of oak. Perhaps a bit on the thin side for me, so it will get deducted a tad. All in all, a good beer, rated about like it should be. Thanks Scott. Sadly, this is the beer we lost Tom on, and he had to depart for the ways of the bed.