Pailhead (5243) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, fruit, coconut, vanilla, and a hint of mint. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights along the outer edges of the glass. It has a creamy three finger light brown head with great retention. The flavor starts with a quick dose of choclolate and coconut. The finish has light-moderate oak, some vinous notes, alcohol (but it doesnít come across as bourbon),burnt flavors, and a touch of mint. While Iím not getting a lot of bourbon flavors, there is some noticeable alcohol heat. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a solid Imperial Stout that tastes barrel aged, but not necessarily bourbon barrel aged.
Ratman197 (10438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of charcoal, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, light bourbon and light dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, vaniulla, oak, light bourbon and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering roasty finish.
nearbeer (3933) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Beautiful jet with a sticky creamy head the color of cocoa. Nose is sweet vanilla, caramel, and char, topped with a bit too much alcohol aroma. Flavor is chocolate, caramel and toasted nut with bourbon. The bourbon is a bit much at first, but it grows a little more mellow after a while. Finish of espresso and charred wood helps. Heavy body is sticky, with gum-tingling and gut-warming alcohol. The whiskey is a bit too noticeable for my tastes, but there is still a great Impy Stout base underneath.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2011
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to Chris for this... dark brown body with a dark tan head... nose of light bourbon with some coffee, not bad... taste is not very good, over-carbonated, ashy, burnt coffee, just terrible... way a bad barrel aged beer
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle, purchased at Total Wine. Pours a thick black with generous brown head. Aroma is bourbon, sour cherries, roasted malt and wood. Taste is complex, bitter/sweet with bourbon, chocolate, coffee and sour cherries. Finish is quite bitter, with residual chocolate fading to coffee. This is a nice barrel aged imperial stout, the high abv (10.85%) is well hidden.
drowland (6485) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
3/18/11. Bottle shared by mlunger. Smells like sour cherry, cheese, mint, and bleh. Sweet malty flavor with roast, chocolate, coffee, cherry, etc. Eh.
unclemike (2359) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky oily thick black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some bourbon. Flavor is dark rich and complex. A little bitter from the roast, but also some interesting hop undercurrents adding to the complexity. This was a tasty beer and would probably do well with some
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Poured pitch black with a massive beige foam that never really went away. Delicious aroma of cocoa, bourbon, vanilla beans, hints of ash, roasted, burnt wood, but with dark fruity sweetness lurking in the background. Very well balanced, and easy to drink, a pleasure on the palate. Dense body with plenty of carbonation. Creamy, milky finish where the hops peak their head out, but then mellow out into a roasty, vanillaish aftertaste. No sigh of alcohol in the taste. This is a really good one!
bhensonb (11786) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours really black with a 4 finger creamy/fizzy dark tan head. Aroma of smooth burnt malt and bourbon. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon, burnt malt, and I think a touch of smoke. It all melts away to a milk chocolate/bourbon finish, which ends with something really dark flavored. Never really got any heat at all. Amazing stuff.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iíve been looking for this one for a while and was fortunate enough to find it at a Total Wine in Ft. Lauderdale.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the faintest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a frothy two finger mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.
Sweet malty aroma with a prominent boozy bourbon barrel character. Lots of earthy oak with subtle hints of vanilla and a very strong bourbon presence. Underneath, the base beer is still evident in the nose. Deep roasted malt profile that is slightly acrid with hints of chocolate, toffee, espresso bean and oatmeal. Thereís also, surprisingly, a strong hop presence with hints of earthy pine and sweet citrus fruit. The nose, although dominated by the bourbon, still has plenty of roasted malt which is a good sign that this wonít be a complete booze bomb.
Medium boded with an overly sweet bourbon barrel presence up front that lingers throughout and dominates the other flavors. Lots of dry, toasted oak with sweet bourbon and very faint vanilla notes. The combination of dry, earthy oak and deep roasted malt make this beer a bit to acrid/burnt tasting and the dryness/bitterness from the piny hops add to this sensation. The bourbon presence gives off a lot of sweetness but not a lot of heat or warmth. The ABV is well masked but itís still kind of harsh, making it tough to drink. Underneath, there is a deep roasted malt character with hints of acrid, ashy burnt toast, bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt espresso beans. Bitterness from the hops kick in toward the end of the palate lingering into a long dry finish.
Overall, I was really disappointed with this beer. I love the base beer and have really been looking forward to trying the BA version. The barrel aging adds very little to the beer and in fact hurts it. Not enough bourbon flavor, just sweetness along with a very dry roasted oak presence. This kills the luscious chocolate malts of the base beer without providing anything interesting or tasty in itís stead. Iím glad that I finally got to try this one but Iíll stick with the regular version.