Theydon_Bois (7898) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Jack the Slapper tasting, acquired from Liberty Station, 12/05/14 as Fyodors Classic.
Black with a moderately appointed dirty tan swirl that soon fucks right off and teases from the edge.
Nose is coconut shavings, good old Bounty Bar, bourbon tones, light spice, rich dark chocolate, mellow dark fruit tang.
Taste comprises rich chocolate, subtle coffee grinds, molasses, burnt toffee, dark roastings, peppery twinge, bourbonic boozeala.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light drying close with warming alcohol.
A solid impy and hits my top level 3.8 impy score, however I expected a little more ... not screaming top 50 beer to me!
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz handbottle pours deep black with little to no head, but still decent carbonation, thick and vinous. Bright and sharp bourbon nose, sweet buttered bourbon and honey. Vinous, thick and oily on the palate. Typical semi-sweet bourbon and honey and chocolate syrup flavor - medium roast, light tannic wood character. Nicely quiet.
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 keg being pour at Oakquinox. Rating number 4900. Pours with a pitch black, completely opaque body with a small tan head that fades to a ring. Aromas are huge: vanilla, wood, cola, cocoa, bitter chocolate, brown sugar and tannins. Flavors on the other hand are a bit more mellow (as mellow as a barrel aged imperial stout can be). Flavors of tar and fudge. Ashy, wood, cola, vanilla bourbon. Still quite warming. Syrupy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Mouthcoating. Well done.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
A plethora of intense flavors and aromas runs across the senses: bourbon, molasses, chocolate, roastiness, alcohol, dry wood, etc. This plump and bold Imperial Stout might stilll be a tad before its prime, but it has a lot going for it now for those who love the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam surfaces atop the pitch darkness.
-The vanilla character of the bourbon barrel fits with the grain bill.
-The alcohol hit in the finish is not really fun, to my tastes. It takes quite a bit of getting used to.
-The body is seductively rotund.
-There is as much barrel contribution as there is an imperial stout apport here, so this is for bourbon barrel fans, no doubt.
-All the flavors will probably meld with a few more months (or years).
From a 1-liter swing-top growler.
Dogbrick (7575) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample on Day 3 of the Aces & Ales Strong Beer Festival on 08/14/2011. The beer is a brownish-black color with a thin tan head that evaporates to an outer ring quickly. Spots and strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt and cocoa. Medium to full body with a boozy character and flavors of dark malts, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. The finish is oaky bourbon with a malty aftertaste. Good beer throughout.
Fin (7247) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that Mes & Sim brought along to share at Merton Beer Festival, big thanks! Shared with Thomas, Fin, Loz etc Friday 28th February 2014 Pours pitch black with tan head. Chocolate initially but then immediately tangy, wonderfully tangy,fruity and tart with a wet woodiness, you really get the actual flavours of the barrel. This is a well done and very interesting imperial stout. Many thanks to Mes & Sim A7 A4 T9 P4 Ov16 4.0
Benzai (7217) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ DTE tasting shared by kermis. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aroma is so so lovely: roasted malts, roast, lots of bourbon. Taste malts, roasted malts, loads of bourbon, alcohol, bitter, lightly vanilla, hint of toffee and molasses. Aroma is great, taste is good, texture is thinner than I had expected, but still a lovely beer.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the second annual Bistroís West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Fest: Pours an oily opaque with a thin ring of wispy dark tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with nice oaky bourbon complexity. Starts fairly sweet and caramely malty with some sticky dark chocolate and drier smoky notes toward an earthy, oaky bittersweet finish. A well-balanced and fairly complex brew.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Sim rate (tap at Lord Hobo): Aroma of beer woodiness. Itís sweet maple with vanilla. Sweet but woody. Rich and alcoholic. Damn, thatís bourbon if Iíve ever tasted it. Maple syrup. Pecans. itís salty with some serious cacoa. Barca style. Bitter but maple. Syrup & salt. Wow, itís good.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many thanks to Dunk for the 1L growler! Poured deep brown with a short cap of rich tan head. The aroma was to die for.. sweet vanilla and bourbon perfectly integrated with the stout.. semi-sweet and darker chocolates at the core with coffee and molasses as well.. toasty oak emerged with warmth and joined more bourbon at the back. The flavor held serve with a base of sweeter chocolates and molasses.. the edges held vanilla and lightly sour bourbon and oaky notes that built in prominence toward the back.. chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and light coffee bitterness.. left a long, lightly-smoked bourbon and chocolatey impression on the finish. Heavier-bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it moving properly across the palate.. some sourness from the bourbon and oak that was very well presented.. just phenominal all around!