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.
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Many glasses had at Maxís festival... holy crap this stuff is good. Has an attractive pitch black colored body and a dark brown thick head. Nose makes very good use of the whiskey barrels, completely compliments the imperial stout and doesnít distract or overpower. Lively, hoppy, dry and bitter at times, not boozy at all, and extremely rich and creamy on the palate. Has some oak wood dryness in the back, with some moderately sharp whiskey butter flavors, but again they are not too strong or distracting, leaving the beer tasting of rich roast and deep dark chocolate and coffee... Oily and viscous dark brown coating while the glass is swirled, leaving dark brown foam residue all over the glass. Nose may be slightly buttery, but overall itís light on the whiskey, as it should be. I went into this beer skeptical, but I was certainly impressed.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2007. Opaque, dark brown frothy head. Big fruity aroma, cream, maybe bourbon? Taste is a dark chocolate, loads of tasty bitter hops. Balanced bourbon, sweetness. Body is medium mouthfeel, not overly sticky. Just a touch of burnt malt. Fantastic.
Ratman197 (8468) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured an opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, licorice, carmel, oak and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smoooth. Flavors of whiskey, licorice, carmel, vanilla and dark chocolate with a lingering roasty finish.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ the Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Pours pitch black like every good Imperial Stout should. Extremely dark head, which rocks. Awesome nose. Complex flavor, extremely malty and satisfying, with big flavors of chocolate, roast and coffee. Hoppy as well, especially on the finish. A fantastic brew. Some drunk guy at the festival told me they are canning this. I hope it is true, because this beer is truly a phenomenal Imperial Stout.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
EBF 2007: (Barrel aged version) Oily black pour with almost no head. Aroma, chocolate, roasted malts, and some vanilla. Flavor, rich roasted malts, not much of the barrel really came through, some chocolate, and a dry roasty bitter finish.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
EBF draught on 2/9/07
Motor oil appearance is ridiculously viscous, leaving staunch legs on the glass, but no lacing. No head, though I wonder if thatís a product of the pressurization at the fest. Opaque and with deep tan highlights on the edges.
Moderate char is the first to arrive in the aroma, fending back a rather zealous chocolatey sweetness that seems sticky and full-bodied from the nose. Whiskey lends a drying aspect, with some sharpness/tannin as you would expect, but otherwise quite well-done in the aroma. Moderate roast and a pinch of vinousness seem to consistently end in char, but itís complementary to the big chocolatey maltiness. Very light fruitiness otherwise, with maybe a dash of vanilla and smokey phenolics. Despite the undercarbonation, the aroma is quite strong. Alcohol is lost in the exceedingly lush malts.
Black licorice and spanish coffee transition through vanilla suggestions in to a chocolate and cream maltiness that is hugely sumptuous and very comforting on the palate. Lightly sharp whiskey tones add dryness, and the beer ends on a moderately charred note. Coffee/roastiness is low for the style, as is any dark fruitiness or vinousness. A hint of grapiness from the wood, most likely, but otherwise the straight bourbon-like flavors you would expect (vanilla, cinnamon, alcohol). Not overdone, though probably could stand to even be more subtle. Carbonation is low, but there is still a pleasant tingle on the palate. The texture is freakin great, and belies the pretty strong attenuation (not syrupy or cloying in the least, the char also helping to see to that). Lots of strong notes and not too much of the "everything but the kitchen sink" effect here. Wish there was more carbonation (I didnt take points off because it was low) and a bit more uniqueness to it, though. Hops are pretty straightforward, adding mostly bitterness and some juicy acidity. Typical grapefruit citrics and moderate pine are prevalent. Some noticeable chalky yeastiness adds a bit of bland/dirtiness but further accentuates the extreme unfiltered/unpasteurized nature of the beer.