hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. poured pitch black, thick heavy tan head. Great aromas of coffee, roasts, chocolate, bourbon. I enjoyed this more than the reagular stout imperial trooper. very light bourbon taste.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via rlmartin: Pours damn near black with a gloriously frothy dark brown, everlasting head. Nose was a mixture of lactic chocolate and hot bourbon, not necessarily any of the usual vanilla-laden bourboness, but a boozy indication nonetheless. However, itís got a certain boozy garbage undertone, so all in all, its not really all that inviting. Flavors were malty with a nutty, toffee-like boozy bite..Unlike a lot of bourbon stouts, this takes on a lot of toffee characteristics with a slightly boozy taste and not much of that cashmere-like vanilla stuff that I like in bourbon aged beers. Itís somewhat drinkable though, its just got off flavors here and there, like mild rotting vegetation.
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
balosss on BA hooked me up with a bottle of this in a trade. Not sure how big the bottle was as it had a weird shape and no indication - maybe 500ml or so?
Pours black with a nice tan head leaving good foam and lacing.
Aroma is caramel, anise, chocolate, coffee, and roast. Very nice.
Flavor is pretty good, with oak barrel noticeable as well as roast, coffee, whiskey, caramel, and some spice.
Medium-bodied on the palate and fairly dry with medium carbonation.
Good stuff overall, but not quite up to the level of others I had with it: GI BCBCS, Surly Four, and FW Parabola.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to a generous NE BA for this bottle, poured into a tulip.
Pours almost completely black with only the faintest light passing through the edges. There is an enormous frothy tan head that definitely took me by surprise given the barrel-aged style.
The aroma is not what I expected as itís dominated by cocoa powder and licorice. Itís definitely got a heavily toasted malt presence and the bourbon is very subtle in the nose.
The taste is bitter and astringent up front with some heavily roasted malts and coffee. Some mocha and licorice with a bitter finish which has less bourbon than I expected but still has an alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied but over-carbonated and very bubbly on the palate. It makes things seem much lighter bodied than it should.
This doesnít hold a candle to the original beer in my opinion as the carbonation really detracts from the flavors and the bourbon really doesnít add much to the beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Joey Fergison Jr. Black with a coffee tan head. Really dry and roasty hard to notice the 8%. Some light coco and chocolate malt tones, light vanilla notes and a mild choc warming. Nice brew.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was quite enjoyable. Smooth with no burning alcohol. Nice mellow bourbon character with some vanilla and a solid malt and roasted malt base. The base beer still shines through I think with the high level of roasted malts, still slightly bitter roast with some wood and bourbon. Really nice.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perhaps Iíve been terribly spoiled by all the other ridiculously syrupy, over-the-top imperial stouts out there, but I was pretty unimpressed by this. I found the flavor in this yearís regular IST to be rather thin, and barrel aging it is kinda putting lipstick on a pig. That said, the bourbon aroma is quite nice and they managed itís integration into the base beer quite well - it doesnít totally dominate the beer.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by vferg at Fantasy tasting. Pours a nice rich oily black with a nice thin beige head. Aroma is big chocolate notes on top of a medium and not overpowering bourbon barrel- some vanilla, sweet bourbon, medium to heavy toasted char oakiness, good coffee and roasted barely a touch of hops some tar and anise hints as well. Flavor is still full, with a good bourbon kick but doesnít thin out the beer or become overwhelming, still good fresh chocolate, nuts, earth, burnt toast, roasted coffee beans and some oaky notes in the end. Alcohol is hidden, bitterness is medium. Pretty smooth and easy drinking. Nice.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Joe at Andy and Maxís fantasy tasting. Pours a dark black with a thin beige head. Nice bourbon and vanilla, wood tones, light roast and cocoa, slight menthol and mint. Medium bodied, roast and a bit of cocoa. Smooth finish with a bit of bourbon and a good amount of roast.