bvc (1235) - Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a somewhat viscous super deep rich black with a tight redish brown crema head...looks perfect in the glass. Rich nose that is right away deep roasted malt, spice bread, vanilla, chocolate, light tobacco, hints of peat and cinnamon...but a very noticeable presence of cabernet. Sweet deep malt, dark chocolate, light peat/smoke, vanilla, graham, coffee, jammy wine that walks closely to being a touch metallic...maybe due to the black patent malt? Light carbonation, but works perfectly with this one and if gives it a rich creamy and somewhat slick mouth feel. Love the blend of mix of whiskey and wine barrels. Impy stouts is the style that first pulled me into craft beer, with that beer being 06 Abyss. Since then my plate has changed and although I appreciate them, I can’t remember the last time I consumed a bomber by myself. This is one that I did...albeit was over 2 nights.
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
( 22oz bottle indicated it was bottled in August, thanks to BA piclee) Pours jet black with nice dark carbonation/head. Nose of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch. Taste of cream, dark chocolate, brown sugar with nice body and finish. Hints of smoke and tobacco in this one too. Truly a great Impy!
beernbourbon (1520) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to savnac. Pour is straight black with a reddish brown thick head. Aroma is rich roasted malt, vanilla, red wine, cocoa, vanilla, and faint alcohol. Flavor is also very rich with a nice roasted malt backdrop for the vanilla, red wine, and cocoa to be displayed on. This has a touch of an alcohol kick but very smooth overall. Definitely huge.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from the Indy crew. Pours a pitch black opaque pour, a small brownish head that hits the corners well. Aromas are a bit roasty, sweet caramel, a touch of cocoa and coffee, a bit more vague. Initial is failr y roasty and bittern medium bodied, a bit hot, a touch of cocoa, a lot of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt, sweetness covered up very well. Finish roasty and bitter.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Bottle shared by beernbourbon at the ratebeer chicago tasting- thanks a ton, VINCe! Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of molasses, bourbon, cocoa, moth balls, a little dough, and a hint of red wine barrel. Flavor is much the same with some prunes, tobacco, and chocolate thrown in for good measure. Nice body- sticky mouthfeel. A well balanced, tasty offering. Glad to have tried it.
Frank (3952) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, big brown head of mixed bubbles. Nose is butterscotch and coffee and lightly tart. Has a salty, smokey sort of quality to it. Really nice thick mouthfeel w/ a cusion of gentle carbonation. Malty overall but balanced by a generous portion of hops.
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my stupidity of not adding this at the time nor did I take notes, I guess I will wing it. Special thanks to MrBunn for sharing this gem a few weeks ago. Aromas and flavors of chocolate and vanilla with a creamy mouthfeel that is oh so good.
Mora2000 (6151) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.
Pours black with a dark brown head. Very attractive. The aroma is toasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. You also get some vanilla. The flavor is strong on the oak aging, with oak and vanilla being prominent. You get a little bit of bitterness as well. Medium mouthfeel and no detectable alcohol.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured black with a thin copper head. aroma was bourbon, dark roast, coffee, vanilla, and veinous. flavor was bourbon, peat, and alcohol. body was slick with low carbonation.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 Updated rating 8/5/8/4/17 = 4.2. 2009 bomber, courtesy dchmela. Man, this fresh version is so much more impressive than the aged 2008 batch I tried (see original rating below). Most of my prior notes still apply, but this new batch seems better focused in nearly every area. The nose is significantly more balanced, with the fresher hops calming the sweetness of the dark, fudgy chocolate, molasses, and maple. Flavors too are better defined and balanced, with the bourbon seeming more velvety, and the vanilla really imparting a smoothness not present in the older batch. The body is thick and viscous, as it should be, finishing just a bit on the sweet side. Damn good stuff. Best consumed fresh.
Original rating 7/5/7/3/16 = 3.8. 2008 bomber, aged over one year. The body is absolutely pitch black and impenetrable by light. A foamy, dark, mocha colored head slowly fades to a thin film, leaving uniform rings of lacing on the glass. Aromas are rich, sweet, and complex, showing a blend of dark chocolate, fudge, dark raisins, figs, and blackened caramel in the malt base. Cake batter and vanilla lend further sweetness, while mild spice (perhaps cinnamon) offers a hint of earthiness. Bourbon is subtle on the nose, and I’d consider the aroma to lack balancing hoppiness. Flavors show more of the same, again complex, yet primarily based in sweet chocolate fudge, burnt sugars, and dark fruits, with a soft, vanilla kissed barrel presence and low to moderate hop bitterness. The sweetness shows on the palate as well, which is thick, sugary, and mouth coating. A positive, however, is that the sweetness has covered up any semblance of alcohol burn. Having sampled a good number of excellent Midnight Sun beers, this one is a bit disappointing in that it’s lack of balance and congruence causes it to fall short of my lofty expectations. Still a fine beer, but they are capable of much better.