AirForceHops (2972) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cellar aged for 14 months. Purchased @ Gary’s Beverage in November 2011. Nice pitch black color with a thin tan head. No lace. Aroma is big on oak character. Vanilla, wood and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, lots of dark chocolate, light notes of coffee beans, oak and tons of vanilla. Hints of bourbon. Alcohol is no longer noticeable at this point. Medium body, soft carbonation and light warmth after the sip. Well, overall the alcohol mellowed out, yet I seem to have lost some coffee and chocolate flavor. Body could be much more fuller. Still a decent Impy stout.
Iphonephan (3041) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Spacebar, Falls Church. Pours almost with a slight tan head. Coffee dominates the nose. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, chocolate, and raisins. Burnt coffee aftertaste.
mcmisko (350) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appears dark brown with tan head. Smells like oak, dark malts, and a little wet dog. Taste is lighter than appearance with dark malts, some oak, and cola. Wood and dark malts on after taste.
HeadyDE (478) - Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black pour from cellared bottle..aroma is quite nice with coffee and the oak on the front..vanilla noticeable as well..this is a full flavored stout with a good abv and a punch to it..oak is perhaps too overdone on this..not getting much of the chocolate..enjoyable..slight sediment rising up from end of bottle..
tcane7 (1657) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at Pony Bar. Pours blackish with no head. Aroma was mild coffee and yogurt. Very thin body for a stout. Some coffee. Not much from the oak.
hopscotch (8850) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head that never fully dissipates. The aroma offers lots of fudge, big-time coconut, light vanilla and a whisper of lactic acid. Full-bodied and silky with soft, airy carbonation. The flavor is loaded with chocolate and toasted oak with only a trace of bourbon. Fudge and toasted oak finish. I’m going against the grain here. What’s not to like? World class brew!
WallStirctly (57) - - DEC 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just ok. Whiskey taste overwhelms a bit, over takes what could b a lovely brew. Smells strongly of coffee upon first pour, was hoping for the taste to be chocolate ans coffee with a hint of vanilla/ whiskey...very much the opposite. Beer is ok...nothing special.disappointed frankly.
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Amazing beer. Wonderful first taste and and aftertaste that switches from chocolate to coffee. Very exciting find!
unclemattie (4129) - Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, foil wrapped, twist-off. $7.50, Bruisin’ Ales. Black pour, brown foam. Aroma of coffee, mocha, chocolate, booze barrel scent, oaky vanilla, leather, woody, soy sauce, nutty, and some molasses. Mostly mocha scent with barrel aging. Roasty flavor, burnt malts, coffee roast flavors, charcoal, burnt molasses, some oaky notes, organic green coffee beans, hints of chocolate malts and even some maple syrup notes. Burnt bbq sauce character. Some lgiht acidity in the finish. This beer requires it to be fresh. Not a beer worth aging, (3477)
kevd193213 (854) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Deep brown pour with a thin frothy tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee and bread. Medium body with mild carbonation. Slightly sweet alcohol finish.