arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Rackhouse Pub this was 2010 IRS aged in a Stranahan’s whiskey barrel but I put it here anyway. Dark black and had the most minimal tan head, like a millimeter or so. Smells like whiskey and roasted grain reminiscent of the regular IRS aged for awhile. The taste is really, really good, whiskey, wood, roasted grain, so different than the regular IRS which is already a good beer. This is very strong but I was very pleased that I ordered it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-16-2011 03:27:46
Ibrew2or3 (6441) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer number two for me at GABF 2012. This 2008 vintage pours black with a mocha colored head of foam with sort of tan looking swirls here and there. The aroma is rich, sweet, smooth and bourbony to go along with dark roasted malts and a sense of spicy black licorice in the background. The taste is similar with a solid degree of smooth bourbon surrounded thinly by dark roasted malts and a pleasing sense of chocolate. This is rich and sweet and not fully bourbony and has a pleasing balance.
nimbleprop (4160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at GABF. Pours an opaque black with some creamy, beige head. Nose of chocolate milk, vanilla, coconut, woody, caramel, awesome. Sweet flavor, malty, vanilla, chocolate, woody. Great barrel character. Super smooth and completely drinkable. Awesome. This has aged perfectly. The epitome of balance.
Phil (175) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rare treat from a friend indeed. Thank you very much. Sat in appartment in San Diego, enjoyed with the setting sun over the coronado bridge.
Slept well that night!.
Sledutah (4070) - Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2012, this was 2008 version
Appearance: Pitch black with a small tan head
Aroma of dark roast, bourbon, vanilla and oak
Taste of bourbon, vanilla, oak, woody and molasses
This was great, went back for multiple samples of this. Smooth and very easy drinking.
douglas88 (5472) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap in Denver for GABF 2012. Multiple samples of the 2008! Pours a totally black color with a small greyish head. A great nose of big bourbon and vanilla. The flavor is a massive Impy with roast, chocolate, bourbon, heat, some vanilla and lingering bitter and sweet bites. Big bourbon for sure, but balanced and drinkable despite the heat. Awesome!
samsmith33 (297) - - OCT 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark black pour. Small, but dark creamy head. High alcohol. Dark chocolate caramel flavor. A really nice beer.
toxichop (273) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, wood, and roast. P:black with red highligts and a thin head. T: bourbon and alcohol, dark chocolate, nuts, oak and finishes rather bitter. M: medium with low carbonation. O: i preffer the base, it is a good beer but the alcohol was kind of a punch
kathouse (778) - Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the Strong Beer Fest at Aces and Ales. Love the aroma that climbs from the black depths of this beer. Bourbon, oak, toast and vanilla are exquisite. Alcohol and fruit are a welcome mix. Roasted malt base supports the alcohol and finishes dry and firm.
50belair (1824) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour. Chocolate covered berry aromas. Definitely infected. Sour berry notes invade the rich dark chocolate, deep roasted malts, and bourbon flavors. I can see the potential here and would very much like to revisit this beer...