GothGargoyle (1465) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to kbudd19. Black with a beige head. Aroma is liquorice, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, fig, oak. Velvety mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate, slightly hot finish. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon. Could use a little more aging.
JorisPPattyn (8094) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head to speak of; reddish tinted black beer. Sweet, alcoholic, roasted, caramel & toffee, Bourbon. More bitter-roasted than sweet initially, but then the Bourbon-vanilla jumps up, leaving sweet, but also wry-bitter flavours lingering on. Very well-bodied, oily viscous, and a bit undercarbonated. Impressive on first sight, but again one to taste but once.
bytemesis (3682) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hella thanks to kbudd19 for this bottle. Pours pitch black with a small brown creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma hits you with roastiness, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is the same, very nice mix of stouty and bourbon notes, with vanilla and oak tannins ever present. Lightly sweet and medium bitter, almost too bitter. Medium plus body, nice and creamy. This is a great effort, a bit short on complexity, but very nice nonetheless.
Kpbutsko (23) - - SEP 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Epic. Pored black with a mahogany/red/brown head. Velvety feel with a dark chocolate taste. Higher in alcohol, for sure.. The bourbon definitely makes itself know in the aftertaste. Very smooth.
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BOLTZ7555 (2852) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Believe I got the bottle from biere_froide! Dark mahogany edges with onyx at its core and a tightly packed chestnut head. Oh, the aroma! Brownie batter, fudge, baker’s chocolate and Nestlé Quik all there. Godiva, Ghirardelli, and Hershey would all be proud! Flavor shows a bit more bourbon and alcohol than I’d like with some split vanilla bean, roasted coffee, and gooey caramel taking a back seat. Quite thin for the style. Still a good Impy Stout.
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with small thin mocha head. Smells of Big coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted burnt malt, dark fig and a little booze. Smells really good. Taste is coffee forward, Bourbon, some vanilla, oak and a little carbonation. Big bold flavor but finishes thin for an imperial stout. Overall this is a good stout.
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig ’13. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and bourbon aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate and bourbon flavor. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon and chocolate finish.
mR_fr0g (4156) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013. Nose is sharp roast and booze. Opaque black pour with a small tan headFlavour is liquorice, berry tartness, some higher alcohols and booze. Big bold flavour.
Ipaluvr082 (67) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark pour out of the bottle, near black with a small brown head. Great bourbon aroma and taste out of the gate, kicks you in the tonsils right off, followed by powerfully thick dark chocolate. A large mouthful is like having a shot. Good sipper.
pintbypint (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
650ml brown bottle. Label is photocopied and doesn’t have a bar code, it’s also attached with 2 thick strips of packing tape...9.6 % abv, not 11.6%...uhm...is this really this beer...? Black pour, can’t see through this. Tiny brown head that just holds on long enough to be noticed. Nose has excellent rich bourbon, big alcohol but it’s ok as it was expected, super rich, deep chocolate. Taste has rich dark and roasted malts, deep dark chocolate and woody barrel notes are noticeable. Bitterness is a bit milder than expected. The finish has deep roasted malts, very woody, dryness with chocolate notes. Full mouthfeel, carbonation supports the beer appropriately. Final thoughts are this beer is an excellent rich bourbon barrel stout, great for sipping or pulling extended gulps out of the glass. It goes down with ease either way, smoothness is there but the beer shows it elements well, the drinkability is top notch. Simply put it’s one of the better bourbon barrel aged stouts I’ve had. Rewarding.