d07c0m (90) - 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%
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 (11234) - 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.
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.
jtclockwork (9077) - , 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 (1719) - 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.
jonno (2345) - 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.
hopscotch (9744) - 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!
50belair (2525) - Florida, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Dark brown/ black pour with a light brown head. Aromas of dark roasted malt. Expresso, dark roasted malt, and chocolate flavors...
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour dark black a tonne of coffee brown head good lace. Aroma strong booziness, chocolate, espresso, coffee, very roasty, burnt, bourbon, vanilla. Taste quite intense, coffee, espresso roast, burnt, toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla also quite bitter. MF full body but oily/creamy quite strange with fine carb. Quite good a very intense brew lots of coffee/espresso.