hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Enzofan. Rated during blind tasting. Dark brown/black pour with thin tan head. Vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and a whiff of pine on the the nose. Toffee, vanilla, dark sugars, chocolate, and bourbon in the flavor. medium mouthfeel.
JStax (3073) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap into a snifter. Appearance is black with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma is a perfect combination of chocolate, licorice, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol. Taste is a fantastic mix of chocolate and bourbon with the alcohol coming through in the finish. Unlike the other bourbon barrel beers from this brewery, the bourbon here is more of an afterthought rather than a dominant characteristic. This is a thick beer that rests heavily on the tongue. I believe this is one of my favorites from my trip to this brewer and likely the best made in the area.
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by StFun...thanks Josh! - Pours deep and dark with a nice tan head. Smell is lots of smooth molasses and brown sugar, light bourbon. Not over the top...smooth. Taste is sweet and roasty, with nice brown sugar mingling with the bourbon. Really sweet taste, but not cloying. Definitely a sipper--couldn’t drink a bunch of this one.
wavers1 (907) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle #251/384 enjoyed to my head, courtesy of davehs, thanks a ton! nice pour, 1 finger thick brown headon a nearly opaque black body. the aroma is very nice and scotchy, some smoke, but a bit brighter note that the woodford barrels seem to impart to other beers like black ops as well. in that and the taste, i would say its an very nice barrel profile. strong, but not too much so for my personal taste. damn nice beer, nice and well rounded, complex, tasty, easy drinker. This one is worth a try if you can find it.
kbutler1 (1352) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Courtesy of mothman. Bottle # 231/384. Pours a very dark brown/black color with minimal head that only slightly collars around the glass. Giving the glass a swirl generates a brown sugar colored coastered head. Dark fruits, molasses, bourbon, and caramel. Slight tinge of leather. Slight lace on the glass after being swirled. Medium mouthfeel. The taste starts off with an almost sweet start that then transitions to a leathery bitter roast flavor followed by the warmth of the bourbon notes. Also get some dark chocolate residual flavors. The bourbon is nice but a little hot and you feel the warmth all the way down. Not bad but I’d like to see a little heavier mouthfeel.
jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Bottle 124 of 384 thanks to the Bald Wizard. Epic stout. Black with tan head. Nose of chocolate, walnut, raisin, bourbon and vanilla coffee. Taste of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, white chocolate, prune, raisin and caramel malts.
Ratman197 (9942) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, carmel, brown sugar and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, carmel, light oak and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering fruity bourbon finish.
emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Custy.Pours an inky black with one finger of dark tan head. Nose shows barrel and oak, sweet vanilla and chocolate with a nice caramelly bourbon character. Flavor is rich and bourbony, oak and vanilla with notes of chocolate and some caramel, viscous and warming palate. Nice
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BMan1113VR
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a dense sudsy head. Leaves a nice coating on the glass.
Aroma: Sweet vanilla, graham cracker, chewy caramel squares.
Taste: Vanilla, bourbon, dark roast and chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky. Mild carbonation.
Overall: Pretty amazing. Super decadent. One of the better BA Impy’s I’ve had in a while.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via a trade with goryshkewych. Pours with a big, black body with some dark brown bubbles. Completely glass coating. Aroma is heavenly. Bourbon, woody, brown sugar, boozy, cocoa, maple, flint, nutty and fusel alcohols. Taste is mocha, milk chocolate, bitter/tannic wood notes, bready, chocolate, and bourbon. Creamy mouthfeel, huge body, mouthcoating. Truly and excellent beer! I could use a LOT more of this!