JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at HDG. Pitch black beer with a thin brown head. Lovely aroma, deep, rich dark chocolate, soft vanilla and sweet oakiness. Chewy malts with light cherry/dried fruit in the back. Lots of sweet whiskyish malts, but without any oaky astringency. Earthy chocolate, toast and dark sweet caramel. Heavy molasses and lots of plummy/pruney dried fruit. Heavy charred roast towards the back. Intense sweetness up front but there is plenty of hoppiness to counter it. Earthy bitter finish. The oak and whisky are very well-integrated into this one. A fantastic Impy.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
# 600. On tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Sampled via wine glass. Pours a pitch black with a medium brown head. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and black cherries with a hint of whiskey. Taste is thick, rich and creamy dark chocolate with black cherry and whiskey undertones. Excellent !!!
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ HDG. Wow. Deep dark brown in color with a nice fluffy tan head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Malty chocolatety caramel aroma. Nutty, toffee and roasty notes. Malty whiskey and roasty flavor. Vanilla and oak notes. Full bodied. Taste is oak. Rich and creamy. Well balanced. Very smooth. Very drinkable. Definitely would have again.
MaxxDaddy (362) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at HDG. Black with decent ring of tan on top. Aroma full of whiskey, yet not to the point of overwhelming the nose, which is a major problem in some other barrel-aged beers. This smell ended up being very inviting, adding along notes of oak and vanilla. More whiskey to come in the taste, which is well controlled and not abrasive. Finished off with plenty of roasted coffee from the base beer. Glad I got to try this one.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Hop Devil. Huge whiskey aroma. Balanced, lovely, bourbony taste. Hot. That this is such a strong underlying beer really helps tame the massive whiskey, which adds a ton of oakiness and vanilla but also a lot of heat. This beer is very well done.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Maxís. IT was friggin good. Dark brown, big tan head, whiskey, vanilla, toffee, chocolate,.... a little bit of everything. Awesome .
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Maxís in Bímore. This stuff is hardcore!! Itís almost intimidating just to look at.....I have never seen a head with this color before....righteous!....Itís like a chocolatey-tan abyss. This stuff is whiskey-hot and damn good!! I have not had the regular version, I fear that Iím spoiled now.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap, Maxís American Craft Beer Festival. Pours a pitch black core, cocoa-colored head with fine-bubbled lacing, coating the interior of the glass. Pleasant, dried fruit and chewy toffee aroma; slightest hint of vanilla, roasted malts; little whiskey to speak of. Perfect, velvety mouthfeel: dense toffee and caramel and dried dark fruits; light effects from the whiskey aging; layers upon layers of milk chocolate as well, almost reminiscent of chocolate milk, with a hint of toasty vanilla-tinged bourbon. Lengthy, milk chocolate and toasty vanilla finish; light sour-mash character. After rating this beer, I proceeded to drink way too much of it and forget the greater half of a fine evening.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Draft @ Maxís] Poured an opaque black color with a small, dark tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, light whiskey, roast, and chocolate malts. Taste of roast, smoke, toffee, nuts, more chocolate malts, some dried fruits, bourbon, light vanilla, and some alcohol in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
aroma: dark chocolate and cocoa smokiness
flavor: dark fruits, dark cocoa powder, smoky coffee, followed by slight smooth butterscotch vanilla flavors
palate: smooth with a sharp dark chocolate bite, nice vanilla/butterscotch/whisky aftertaste.