sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, courtesy of my brother-from-another-mother Lebonics. Pours that typically impy stout way - black with little head. Aroma is big bourbon with chocolate cherry and vanilla in the background. Taste follows, but the bourbon only shows up in the loooooong finish. Low carbonation and a thick, oily mouth feel. Excellent.
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle enjoyed at the NSSRQSOSLT, 1/10! Thanks to me, who brought this one, another fine one of the night! The pour was deep black, weak initial head, but not bad for a BA brew. The aroma was bourbon, oak, dark roast and chocolate. The flavor followed the aroma, bourbon too strong, losing the nice chocolate/cocoa notes that is typical of the standard that was shared on the same date (and of about the same age). The BA didn’t help this brew, which I really dig, alcohol detectable in the finish. A little milk-chocolate syrupy in mouthfeel.
larryLSB (480) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22oz., alongside the non-barrel aged. Darkest brown, with minimal tan head (no purple hue with this one). Nose was not quite as strong, but there was a hint of alcohol. Taste was a little too overwhelming with the oak and booze. Prefer the non-barrel aged.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours like motor oil with thin tan head. tons and tons of sweet chocolate on the nose with coffee, vanilla and burnt malts. drinks thick with lots of chocolate, dark malts, coffee, vanilla, and whiskey. heavy body and very complex but fantastic.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour. The nose has loads of big, bright sweet chocolate. A kiss of sweet cocoa. Through the middle there is also an aroma of sweet character malts. Rich and sticky body without appearing sugary or cloying. A nice fruity vineous character. Rich malts with a lingering milk chocolate flavour. The barrel throws off a lot of rich oakiness. There is a bit of berryish fruit that underlines the vineous and cocoa notes very nicely. There isn’t really the typical vanilla character, just lots of sweet oaky complexity that is hard to put a finger on. Long lingering finish that alternates between silky chocolate and soft fruitiness. Really lovely Impy.
Boutip (5476) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a small foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light vanilla and bourbon notes thought not as dominated as expected with some roasted malt with some black chocolate. Taste is lighter then expected with light bourbon with some distinct vanilla notes and light roasted malt with some subtle black chocolate. Body has an oily texture with medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernible. Kind of disappointing and not sure the barrel-aging brought anything more to this one.
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma with some nice woody hints and hints of bourbon. Roasted malty bourbon and chocolate flavor with some hints of vanilla. Has a slightly sweetish roasted malty bourbon and chocolate finish with hints of wood and vanilla in the aftertaste.
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 BOTTLE: thick black pour with a brown/tan head. Wood, whiskey, and dark roast on the nose. Oily mouthfeel. Taste is very sweet, light bourbon, wood, and the high alcohol comes through. Fantastic beer.
That1Guy (2151) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my Honkeybra for this one. Ooh a sexy beer for sure. Heavy, full-bodied, awesome. Quite thick mouthfeel. Very subtle bourbon aging, but it’s basically perfect. The aging adds the perfect amount of complexity and awesomeness to this brew. Bad Ass Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout for sure.
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Had the standard Crusher last night, and so comparing it to the oak-aged version while it’s still fresh on my mind. Pours a similar black oil. Thin dark tan head. Less on the nose than I remember last night. Less roasted malt coffee, and more alcoholic banana. Taste follows nose: banana, bourbon, vanilla, wood. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I definitely prefer the standard Crusher, though this is clearly a fine brew. As it wams, it’s structure and complexity becomes more evident, and the bourbon influence really sings.