Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black pour with a dark brown ring. Heavy marshmallow, chocolate and toffee nose has that minty and oily, bourbon barrel characteristic that unfortunately develops a buttery toffee undertone that does not fit in while waxy tar replaces the necessary roastiness. Medium bodied, liquorous texture. Atrociously sweet and hot, ridiculously oily and heavily bitter despite totally limited hop aromatics, not wasting any of its precious time to hint at any fruit at all. Less bourbon and more beer please.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2005. Extremely rich malt and barrel aromatics, which is both unbelievably woody, with cocunut, vanilla and bournon, but also full of roast, fudge and chocolate. Big time full and creamy body, with the perfect mouth experience. Beautiful balance, almost artful, with rich woody barrel notes and malt decadence.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005. Opaque. Thin brown head. Rich aroma of bourbon, chocolate, molassis. Similar flavors, but including vanilla balanced with a slight alcohol burn. Great finish with roasted malts, hops, and alcohol. Smooth, not harsh at all.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 Tap @ brewpub. Wood, bourbon, chocoalte malt in the aroma. Thereís a grainy element, too. Black body. Strong bourbon presence along with sweet chocolate mousse and good espresso. Fantastic beer!
GABF í05. Black body. Strong bourbon and black patent roast in the aroma. Bouron, cherries, chocolate and coffee dryness in the flavor.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a large swing-top bottle at the Brewers Supply Group GABF Kickoff Party in Denver. Fully opaque black body with an oily brown head. Intensely rich and pleasing aroma of dark chocolate, toasted raisins, mild bourbon and oak. Very chocolatey flavor with a noticeable presence of bourbon. Very sweet and ultra thick and syrupy. You could easily pour this on ice cream. Decadent and good, but a little over-the-top for my preference.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Chicago location. Well it comes to this. As Harry Caray would say, "Holy Cow!" The beer pours to a black, dark brown body with a thin ring tan head. The aroma is nicely malty (sweet), bourbon casks, dark chocolate. The flavor is quite nice. Chocolate truffles, espresso beans, deliciously balanced milk chocolate.
The bourboning mellows this beer nicely. The palate is smooth and delicate. 0% alcohol detected. I got a hint of cherries in the last sip. OH MY GOD!
rerate info: detected a bunch of hops this time.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chicago. Opaque with no light peaking through anywhere. A once short, creamy tan head has vacated the area and nothing remains on the surface. Aroma is clearly Jim Beam, strongly yet slowly wafting into the nose with dark chocolate and vanilla nuances and a trace accent of caramel ribbons through fudge; however, itís all secondary to the bourbon beauty. Thick, longingly lovely palate feel. The bourbon flavor is a given, yet the vanilla, caramel and fudge elements are complimentary geniuses. Liquid velvet impeccably harps along the palatary playing field. A dynamically robust chocolate sense. Sweet, rich and brevity of titillating spice on the underbelly gives recognition to the hops, which they damn well deserve. Rich mocha espresso flavors linger long after. Pen down, mouth open. Itís time to just appreciate...
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF í05, black in color with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, choclate,roasted malt and dark fruit.Warming alcohol mouthfeel.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2009 Re-rate. Iíve had this many times since my initial rating. Either my tastes have changed, itís improved, or both. Silky smooth in texture with perfectly balanced bourbon (and I mean that; I canít think of a beer off the top of my head that proportions the bourbon better -- itís noticeable and just barely boozy; the vanilla is a definite accent, but doesnít dominate), roastiness, chocolate, and sweetness. Really, one of the most consistently awesome impys that deserves mad props.
Original rating. GABF 2004. The bourbon adds a nice dimension to the fairly solid Red Line Imperial, but the combination is exactly what I would expect: the Red Line, but with some bourbon notes. Caramel malt in the aroma, bourbon in the aroma, bourbon in the flavor blends well with an uncomplex roastiness. The finish was a bit sour. Nice mouthfeel, good body, not watery, not metallic.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very wonderful black with a dark tan, bubbly head. Served far too cold. But, it did smell nice, with tropical fruits, chocolate covered raspberries, perfume, butterscotch, bourbon, and maple syrup being the main culprits. The taste was definitely done with bourbon and bakerís chocolate, along with prunes and other dark fruits. A dry finish with a bit of coffee, though alcohol was noticable. The palate was odd in that it was thicker when it was slightly cool than at room temp. pretty good offering.