Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A surprise find (for me) in a New Prague, Minnesota restaurant cooler, this poured black from the bottle with a thin, lace of foam. It delivered huge aromas of caramel, vanilla and bourbon and an equally huge taste, some chocolate and more of the bourbon. The roasted malts come out strongly. Its high alcohol content goes down smooth - the smoothest stout I have ever tasted.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"bought at total wine having no idea what to expect. had a few sips before i looked it up here and went and scared myself. kinda surprised to see imperial stout - the impression i get is strong brown ale. a little boozy, but still a little thin. a hint of bourbon specific booziness in the aroma and flavor (a little more in the aftertaste). maybe a cheaper bourbon? i love me some bourbon stouts and this doesn’t hold up terribly well in either class. not entirely bad, though. just not up to par with other bb impy stouts, and a little oversweet. woulda made a better impression in a taster, but by the end of a full glass, i was done."
evilhomer3k (5) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured very dark with virtually no head. Notes of caramel, chocolate, malt, vanilla. Has a very pleasant aroma. Very little carbonation and a thin body. Not much bourbon flavor (which I don’t care for) but a long, sweet aftertaste with some mild bitterness. Overall a good but not great beer that could use a bit more carbonation.
koleminer20 (632) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. The pour is a darker brown with a lot of ruby in and around it with a thinner light tan head that fades down quickly to just a ring. The aroma is quite complex and good. Initially there is a strong sweet maltiness. Almost like a really sugary caramel. The deeper it gets, the lore of a earthy wood comes up, and ever-so-slowly the bourbon rolls into the picture. The flavor is surprisingly light. It's pretty malt dominated with a nice sweetness, but the bourbon definitely fails compared to the oakiness. The mouth feel is really thin with not much help by carbonation. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet with a light woody flavor
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Blairgus (2652) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 June 2014, bottle. black. nose is dark chocolate, some alcohol, some raisins, bitter chocolate. thin/med body and fizzy. grass/pine hops, sugary bread, dark chocolate, moderate alcohol, burnt and bitter chocolate and pine hop finish.
AmericanHobo (48) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wonderful oak roasted malt aroma on initial pour. Flavor of bourbon oak spirals comes through on every sip but unlike bourbon not really hot, more mellow and smoothing taste of the ale balancing out the roasted malt. A great session beer. Gets more robust and complex as it warms a bit and is exposed to the air.
hotstuff (4144) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 01-30-2012. This bottled beer has a medium sized semi-fizzy tan hed with a short retention, opaque dark brown body, very little carbonation observed, and one ring of lacing. This beer’s aroma is caramel malt, chocolate, roasty, oak, hops, suggestion of dark fruits, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor is semi-sweet, vanilla, malt, roasty, oak, and bourbon. The mouthfeel is soft carbonation and thin. This beer is medium bodied. This is a quaffable sipping beer with a good flavor that is worth trying. This is a beer I would drink again.
cstuartj (989) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, pours a hazy ruddy red, with a small brown head. Nose is malty and hints of oak and whisky. A bit overly sweet, malty, and whisky. Wet, slow finish.
Luvystypotables (710) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of bourbon and malt. Dark brown colour, and thick creamy head. Taste of bourbon and malt with a short lasting phenolic palate.
jake65 (2690) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, picked this up in Bismarck thinking $5.99 for a barrel aged strong ale was a good buy. Not the case. Very odd, muted malty mess with some barrel/oak notes. Maybe this was an old bottle, but I found overall the flavor to be so subdued it was distracting. Like the open bottle was left on the counter all night.
rumproasts (3101) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. brown with minimal head. a big malty beer, but i found it a bit boozy and medicinal. not impressed.