toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my good friend Mike. Pours thick and black with a nice tan head. Aroma of whiskey, chocolate, malt, and some wood. Flavors were the reason I like BA’d beers so much, whiskey, sweet malt, toasted nuts.
bu11zeye (12040) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, whiskey, toasted oatmeal, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, and whiskey with some oak in the finish.
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle at Toncatcher’s house, shared with Padrefan, Fordest and a few others. Black pour with almost no head. The aroma is strong and musty with dark chocolates. Big stout flavor with dark roasted malts, anise, vanilla and just a hint of whiskey. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The finish is long with roasted malts. Overall: A top notch RIS. Thanks to whoever brought this.
mar (4971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. black pour with a thin brown head that fades fast. nose is deep roasted malts and some wood. nice on the palate with a smooth roasted flavor that is finished with vanilla and wood.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Daknole. Black, with dark brown head. Dark chocolate, vanilla bean, with background roast. Smooth yummy vanilla goodness. Asphalt, chocolate, coffee, f’n fabulous nice beer.
lb4lb (2563) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by stopbarking. Thanks Daniel! Pours dark black with a short to medium lived tan head. Smell is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Taste is rich chocolate, balanced bourbon and vanilla. Pretty rich, viscous mouthfeel on this one and a hint of spiciness from either the alcohol or the oak. Fantastic stuff, and easily one of my top 5 beers as this is just what I want in a barrel aged imperial stout. Awesome beer!
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Bottle. Dark brown pour, small head. Aroma of prunes, raisins, bourbon, and toffee. Flavor is rich with chcolate notes, bourbon wood, and slight tartness. I really enjoyed this a lot.
Oakes (13065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown. No real head. Largely roasty aroma is cookie-ish and slightly nutty. Very full, fatty character. Nice wood and a little hint of nuts. Nothing hugely special, but it’s nice.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by Wetherel, thanks buddy, I’ve got one on the way so I’m looking forward to seeing how good this is. Pours black with a light brown ring. Nose is nice and big and really sweet with some vanilla. Taste is big and sweet and bourbony and all in all really good, really really good. I like it a lot, lots of flavor, and complex, great Impy.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by Sam! Pours a deep brownish almost black body with a nice lasting head. Aroma is licorice, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisin, roasted barley figs, and apple with vanilla notes- bourbon is subdued and not over the top. Hips noticed in teh flavor- green- citrus and pine- toasted almond with the vanilla and bourbon, lactose sweetness, slightly less licorice in the flavor, still fruity, and overall blended well- not over the top with bourbon. Good smooth finish- nice.