C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 2010 edition. Pours jet black with a one finger, off-white head. On the nose are rich roasted malts, dark fruit, black cherries, coffee, chocolate, rich smoke, cured meats, burnt toast, vanilla, oak and a bit of phenol. Mouth feel is thick and oily with perfect carbonation. Taste-wise, a blast of smoke, charred wood, ash and charcoal bombard the palate riding atop a sour wave of rich dark fruit, black licorice, vanilla, and bourbon. Chocolate and espresso follow, reaching a bitter conclusion of burnt, hoppy flavours. The finish is long and extremely bitter leaving burnt toast, 90% dark chocolate, coffee and oak. The smoke and char is like a punch in the face with this brew, and the sweet tartness from the dark fruit is no slouch either. The best bourbon barrel-aged stout I’ve had so far by a huge margin.
**Edit [07/28/2012]: Since trying this beer, I’ve had the 2011 edition when it was still very fresh. It wasn’t as good as the 2010. I recently had another 2011 that’s been sitting in my cellar for about a year now, and it was much improved, if not better than the 2010. Very, very smokey. The 2010 in the original review was about a year old as well, so this one really benefits from some aging.
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours tar black with a mid-sized, creamy, lightly tanned head that never cries “uncle.” The nose is chock-full-of molasses, licorice, anise, rooty herbs and bourbon. Medium-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and ditzy carbonation. The flavor is burnt and fairly bitter, but otherwise thin and uncharacteristically bland. Singed, bitter, licorice finish. Bottle courtesy of Glougouburp!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Aaron, 2010 vintage.
Pours pitch black underneath a thick mocha head that doesn’t stick around long and leaves only a small collar.
Aroma is really rich with lots of bakers chocolate, espresso, hints of smoke and tar. Hints of bourbon and oak, maybe some vanilla as well.
Taste is seriously roasty and brings the black malts to the forefront with some oak and bourbon complimenting. I’s really bittersweet if that makes sense, tons of roasty bitterness but with some vanilla and licorice to balance it out, semi-sweet chocolate as well.
Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation with an astringent bitterness after each sip.
This is a really hefty impy stout, especially clocking in under 10%. Massive roast character with barrel character to even things out. Very nice.
Tmoney99 (10097) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, coffee and earthy aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a good beer and my expectations where exceeded.
jonno (2131) - JAPAN - MAY 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 May 2010 bottle. Holds it’s bobbly brown head for a fair time. Little carbonation once it dies down. Nose has a strong bourbon presence, with dark fruits and espresso mingling. Decent body. Very roasty on the sip with a hit of bourbon and heat. A little cocoa and chocolate too. Reminds me of old rasputin. Whether the bourbon is to the advantage or hinderence of the beer is open to debate. Not overly complex and ever so slightly bland for the style, but a decent Impy all the same.
BLAP (73) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black beer with a good head. Strong empyreumatic aroma. Taste of sugar and torrefied coffee, maybe a litle too torrefied.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
not sure if im rating the right one as we had a bourbon aged version. this was an awesome stout. roast chocolate, coffee, vanilla with a bourbon flavour. great sipper. thanks to Chris for this one!
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Arch. Pours oily black with brown head. Good lacing. Nose/taste of smoked chocolate malt, peat, light ash, roast coffee beans, vanilla and mocha. Medium body for an imperial. Roasty - slightly bitter and dry finish.
changeup45 (1709) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Glougouburp. These are the kind of extras this guy sends. Thanks Dany. Pours thick and mostly black with a good sized head on top. Thin wisps of lacing slide along the sides of the glass but do not stick. The aroma shows a lot of milk chocolate, mocha, and marshmellow at first with wood and some traces of dried dark fruit following. This is a medium to full-bodied Imperial Stout. The palate is very creamy and roasty but not really all that bitter. Lots of burnt ashy notes here though. Chocolate seems to be the biggest flavor. I notice more dark fruit flavor than in the aroma with dates, raisins, and figs. Even some black licorice. Bourbon and wood notes add depth. I actually didn’t pick up any bourbon in the aroma but it’s here. The bourbon, wood, chocolate, and dark fruit all combine well for a solid finished product, although the burnt ashy flavor is a tad strong for my liking. Perhaps not the most exciting or complex Bourbon Imperial Stout but still a very good one.
d07c0m (89) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and viscous like oil. Appearance is of oily chocolate syrup with a thin head of dark brown bubbles. Goes down velvety smooth. Almost like drinking chocolate cake. Bourbon/vanilla is very nicely balanced with the chocolate, coffee, and flavorful hop profile. Alcohol is warming at 9.2%