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 (14161) - 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 (2804) - 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.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, aroma of sour and mint, weird. Taste is a little more normal, very vanilla, bourbon hints, not outstanding. "Ainít no Bourbon County Stout" - drowland
douglas88 (8450) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Eric, thanks man. Pours a nice jet black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is sweet bourbon, vanilla, some roast. The flavor is woody, with chocolates, some sweet bourbon, a bit of a thin palate. A nice BA Impy.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Smells of roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, oak, some vanilla, and brown sugar. Taste is roasted coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and burnt chocolate. I thought this was a great beer for the price, will it ever be a top ranked beer...no, but it is pretty tasty nonetheless.
Sledutah (7063) - Utah, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by footbalm at Timbo and Aprils going away party
Appearance: Black with a small tan head and spotty lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, bourbon and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, dark fruit, vanilla and woody
Very nice and enjoyable.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a jet black brew with a thin tan/brown head. Roasted scent with dark sugar and bourbon. Taste is roasty with the sweet boubon kick.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
black with a puffy cream head, soft lacing. Plum, chocolate, light anise nose. Thin flavor, heavy roast with a light bourbon note, almost paper like bitterness. Overly sweet, hot compared to ellez.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Dark creamy pour, dark brown/black with a thin head. Oily lacing, slightly spotty. Good amount of booze in the aroma, oaky and malty. Flavor is somewhat soy saucy with hints of chocolate and bourbon. Somewhat of a heavy drink but still very good.