VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Bottle, Pours black with a beautiful, big tan head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel,molasses, and a hint of booze. Medium bodied. medium carbonation. Not very balanced. Need some age!!!
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Max and Andyís Fantasy Tasting. - see rating for regular version. Add to that extra aroumatic woodiness, bourbon, roast, chocolate really comes out. Smooth body and extra creamy. Adds even more astringency, however.
blklab2007 (2031) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 2013 375ml bottle 635/1400. Pour has a nice look in the glass again with a thick sturdy brown head that retained well. Aroma has chocolate, hazelnuts, nice roast, light lactic, and a juicy sweet punch of bourbon. So far really nice and rich with complementing bourbon and no off notes at all. Flavor again is nice and rich, juicy bourbon barrels, roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts, and light hop touches. This is not thin at all like the first release and has nice complementing barrel notes. Much better this time around, I will adjust the score to reflect this bottle.
bottle poured such a dark brown it appears black with a nice covering of brown head that comes right back with a swish of the glass. aroma has creamy dark chocolate, medium roast, hazelnut, toffee, vanilla, and some bourbon. this seems to have retained a lot of the character of the base beer without the bourbon overpowering it. mouth feel is solid and coats with some lactic quality and a low side carbonation. flavor brings in some of the richer malts, dark milky chocolate, mid range roast, vanilla, barrel wood, and of course bourbon. I like the fact the beer itself can shine and the bourbon is an enhancer rather than taking this over. I liked this almost as much as the regular version and think some of the flavors here were even better but it seems the barrel has thinned this back and I am not sure if the enhanced flavors are worth the loss of body. All that said a big accomplishment for this brewer at what I believe is there first go at a barrel aged beer. 7/3/8/3/16 = 3.7
hbmason (1086) - 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 (3587) - 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.