argo0 (11644) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Small brown head atop oily black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, vanilla, light grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, chocolate/caramel. Medium-full body. Minimal Bourbon qualities.
PostFallsJeff (2) - USA - DEC 11, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle into a goblet glass
Pours like used motor oil, as it should. Black center with ruddy brown trim. Thin dark head.
Hugh aroma. So much going on it’s at my limit to pull it together. Wood and grains, big barley, bourbon(of course), coffee, toffee, chocolate and through it all hops vying for attention. Do not put this in a conical glass, us a goblet to get the full aroma, it’s worth it.
Flavor so big it could bring the dead back to life All that the aroma promised and more. Wood and toasted wood, roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, caramel and more wood. Flavor opens up as the beer warms. I won’t refrigerate it as long again.
Satisfying and warming. Excellent winter beer.
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Supposedly this is the bourbon barrel version, although the label is the same. Got this at Grape and Gourmet. Pour is jet black with a short, thick tan head. Aroma is big roasted malt, vanilla, molasses and dark chocolate. Light licorice throughout. Taste is strong licorice and vanilla, with more molasses, dark chocolate and burnt malt. Body is thick and chewy with bubbly carbonation and a pleasant alcohol warmth. Ends with more vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Bittercreek: Pours pictch black. The nose is bright and roasty with light oaky notes and ample vanilla, chocolate, coffee and other prerequisite imperial stout things. The flavor is balanced and delicious; not much in the realm of bourbon aged though. I like it when sometimes a barrel aged beer shows a good balance of the original idea melded with the barrel. Sometimes you get too much barrel though. In this case, there’s not enough. It’s great, but not enough different to be worth emulating.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ EcoBrew Fest - Pours dk brown with a small tan head...boubon dominated this brew in each sense, so I did not enjoy it quite as much as the original one...aroma is bourbon, wood, vanilla and cocoa...flavour is similarly bold, nice bitterness from the oak and charred coffee, balances well with the dark malt...still a fun brew, but a terrific argument in itself for everyone burnt out on BA Imperial Stouts...
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Super bitter aroma and taste with a lot of coffee notes and a slight oak note from the barrels.
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black-bodied with a diffuse chocolate colored head. Lustrous roasty notes emanate from the glass as bourbon and vanilla tendrils punch their way out. Characterized by a solid backbone of roast flavor with strong oaky and woody notes. Bourbon is impossible to miss. Almost overpowering. A potent winter brew fit for winter time consumption.
ecayennej (1) - Liberty Lake, USA - JAN 31, 2009 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark as night, a wonderful example of the style!!! Let it warm up a bit for the full effect.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 On tap at Naked City. Pours black with a small tan head. Malty coffee aroma, huge coffee and alcohol in the taste- just a little more and you’d be drinking Kahlua. Nice thick mouthfeel, but the alcohol probably seeps through a little too much.
AmEricanbrew (6008) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bigwoodfest. Black with a tan head. Nice blackened malt aroma with dark raisons and whiskey. Smooth, rich flavor mirrors the aroma with wood cocoa and bourbon vanilla riding a roasty malt base. Very good.