badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Hophead22ís Imperial Stout Tasting. Thanks Tim. Black with a dark brown short lived head. Chocolate, raisin, and malt aroma. Roasted coffee, grain, and bitter chocolate taste. The barrel aging didnít really come through.
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled with Carr Valley cocoa-crusted goat cheese. Almost entirely black with a very dark brown head. Stingingly pungent, with rich dark fruits and dark chocolate. Sugary thick body is almost like a Cuban coffee. Very tasty - hints some sweet high notes, and only has a slight bourbon inflection. Nice brew.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008, thanks to Daknole. Lovely black looks with lasting tan head and lacing like cuneiform. Gorgeous compacted, concentrated aromas, mild coffee and really subtle chocolate. Smooth and creamy. Barrel is apparent but not broadcasted. Very nice. Has some strength but very very smooth and good. Yum.
BBB63 (6042) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 Re rate from Chitown RB gathering Jan 2010: bottle shared by Vince (beernbourbon), many thanks!
The flavors seemed a bit less assertive and the palate a bit less complex. Less earthy and espresso qualities. -1 Taste, -1 Palate, -1 Overall... but still a darn nice Impy
Bomber bottle from hannont, much thanks, served in my Stone IRS snifter. Opaque with a deep tan frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of oak and whiskey (but more like Irish Whiskey than American Bourbon), bittersweet chocolate, espresso, dark candi sugar, molasses, and a hint of port wine fruitiness. Lush sweet malt with hint of dark fruit and chocolate covered coffee beans start the flavor profile. There is some whiskey barrel character more towards the midsection towards the finish. The Coup de gr‚ce is the almost salty and peaty earthiness which caresses the tongue forcefully. The mouth feel is oily and lush but not heavy, a bit mineral and a tad boozy too. It is not often I would say that a brew with a 4.0 overall is underrated, but I believe this is. Sort of a hybrid BA Impy with itís hints of Irish Whiskey and Scotch Whisky notes around the Belgium candi sugar tones and chocolates with some finer Italian Espresso thrown about for good measure. This is NOT your "standard" Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout... GET YA SOME, IT ROX!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from hannont, thanks Todd. Mild aroma, some chocolate, very little trace of barrel aging. More light chocolate, some coffee, very smooth. Pretty good overall, but the barrel aging wasnít really prevelant.
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Ohio group tasting on DLD eve í09. Black pour with a medium light brown head. Chocolate malt aroma with some boozy influence and roasty coffee. Chocolate flavor up front that is more dry than sweet, followed by some bourbon and a creamy and bitter coffee finish. Despite all the ridiculously good beers we tried on this night, this was probably my favorite. Many many thanks to whoever brought this (Iíll assume it was Brad or Mike).
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Hannont. OH MY GOD. They should rename this beer Daknole. This IS my new favorite beer. Wow. And wow again. Pours super dark brown color wtih a rich chocolate brown head. This beer looks amazing. and it doesnít stop there. The aroma is just amazing. Tons of chocolate fudge, sweet brown sugar, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, molasses, and the mouthfeel is just ridiculous. Perfect 5. I hearby offer a plea for MORE MORE MORE!
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with some vanilla and whiskey. Heavy mouthfeel. An oily slick black. Everything an imperial stout should be. Flavor follow the nose and carries with it some coffee, chocolate, and anise flavors. A very solid brew.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 2005 bottle shared by sparky27...
pours deep brown nearly black with orange at the edges and a small tannish head. moderate spotty lacing.
this smells really sweet... chocolate malt powder, wood, whisky, brown sugar and molasses.
surprisingly low level of sweetness on the palate... molasses and black raisins without the sugar, milk chocolate, vanilla, wood and a huge dose mellow smooth whiskey. normally i do not care for bourbon beer but this is well done and not overbearing.
medium body with a smooth texture and soft creamy carbonation. apertif beer...8/4/8/4.5/17/4.1
8/20/11. notes of blackberry, roast, chocolate, maple syrup, earthiness and a touch of smoke. light bitterness on the finish.8/4/8/5/17
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at hellbillyís hellraiser 3 gathering. Bottle courtesy of Sparky27. Deep black pour with a small creamy brown head. Big bourbon aroma, along with chocolate and molasses. Flavor is dominated by bourbon and wood, with some vanilla and caramel coming through. Very good stuff. Thanks Eric!