RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle purchased at the brewpub. This is their RIS aged in Stranahan Whiskey barrels, served in a snifter..
Pours black but just short of pitch. There’s a little crimson peeking through the edges. Very small head that fades quickly to a thin swirling layer of bubbles, and as a result there’s very little lacing.
Smell; lots of vanilla and molasses, with a touch of coconut and cocoa. The whiskey is present but it’s pleasantly mild, playing more of a complimentary role in the aroma.
Taste; the coconut and vanilla really come through right out of the gates. Followed by a earthy molasses sweetness that, fortunately, falls a little short of becoming cloying. The finish reminds me of the chocolate bourbon balls that my In-Laws make for Christmas minus the powdered sugar (my MIL likes her bourbon balls). I really like the whiskey profile here. It adds just enough to the beer so that you know it was aged in whiskey barrels, without overwhelming the actual beer.
Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little on the sticky side, and with the low carbonation, gives this a rather smooth feel. The drinkability is good, though one 750 is definitely enough.
Tyson and Co. have a winner on their hands here. This is definitely the best of their three bottled beers so far, and I really hope they keep making this one. Though I do hope they manage to find a way to reduce the price point as this is a little expensive at almost $20 a bottle.
PartyFowle (459) - - MAY 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black but fairly thin, with a big expanding khaki head. Nice filmy layer on the glass. The nose exhibits caramel, black licorice, tar and marshmallow. The flavor’s smooth as hell -- lots of dark chocolate, very woody, some licorice and burnt coffee beans. Woodsy, piney. Nice coca cola flavor as it warms. Medium-light body, nice creaminess, fairly carbonated. Fizzy. Not a ton of noticeable alcohol. A smooth, woodsy, drinkable imperial stout. Good subtlety on the bourbon.
AirForceHops (4181) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, Adrien picked up in his new state of Nebraska. Much more affordable in NE. Pitch black with a nice lasting tan head. Aroma is thick chocolate, caramel candies, and nice amounts of whiskey.
The flavor is a nicely rounded by the whiskey barrel. The body is full and dense with a nicely full body. The flavor makes me think of the Ram Jam song, totally stuck in my head. Everything I want in a Impy Stout. Espresso beans, burnt barley, thick chocolate malts with a finish of mild whiskey, alcohol is only slightly noticeable. This is Damn good!
Chalumeaux (282) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle thanks Adrien. Pours black with a two finger tan head. Aromas of coffe chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is of espresso bourbon and stone fruit. Wow.
WillRunForBeer (1245) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle shared by Adrien, thanks! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Bam a lam! Aroma is dark chocolate, whiskey. Flavor follows. Dark chocolate, whiskey. Really nice.
AdamJackson (3432) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75CL. Thanks Adrien. Pitch Black. 2 finger dark tan brown, very creamy head. Aroma is plenty of licorice, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Overall, a solid RIS aroma. Lots of chocolate and espresso taste. Good mouthfeel, really well depth and brownie batter. This is awesome. I’d like it a little bit sweeter, maybe thicker.
dyetube (1285) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods Fairview. Pours black with a massive khaki head that seems to last forever. The aromas are vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, cherries. The mouthfeel is dry and roasty with a heavy body and light carbonation. What a great and complex beer! Cheers!
dfinney23 (2170) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good? Yes. Worth the $20 entry fee? Not really. There are plenty of bourbon barrel aged stouts around for 30% less that are as good or better. If you’re in Nebraska? Hell yeah! Farther afield? Maybe not. Looks great, tastes great, not worth paying a premium for.
CanIHave4Beers (3537) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, chillen... in my dining room... just now.
Pours black with a medium sized head and lots of lace.
Aroma is roasty with some light bourbon. Some toasted marshmallows, & some dark fruit.
Nicely sweet & fruit forward. Bitter & roasty with some light barrel character. Light alcoholic presence, a little chalky... decent.
rougeau13 (2142) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at World of beer Sugar Land. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of molasses, whiskey barrel, roast, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is rich chocolate, roast and whiskey barrel. Full bodied.
djd07 (5403) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Cottonwood. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong chocolate, cracker, roast. Medium mouthfeel, nice roast, dark chocolate, light dryness, very good.