brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Finally, a pour of CJ that isn't infected! Rich and full of flavor, barrel character complements the underlying stout. Still suffers from CW Syndrome (lack of body); a nice BA stout nonetheless.
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from a trade on BA. Pours near black with beautiful dark tan head. Aromas of rich roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and oak barrel. Flavors of deeply roasted malts, nice barrel note, chocolate, touch of coffee, caramel, and enough hop bitterness to round it out. Really nice BA stout. Held up nice 3 weeks after growler was filled and shipped too.
mcberko (10569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler, sent from mista (thanks a lot, Geoff!), pours jet black with a small brown head - beautiful looking. Nose is luxurious, full of oak barrels, wood, high quality dark chocolate, roasted malt and a little vanilla. Flavour is remarkably complex and luxurious, with velvety chocolate, moderate wood, a bit of vanilla, and great use of the oak barrels. The woody oak notes are what is left lingering, along with some melted dark chocolate. Palate is velvety, as noted, with amazing complexity. The oak barrels are used perfectly, neither dominating nor barely noticeably - perfectly situated amongst everything going on. Carbonation is soft and well-suited for the flavour profile. An absolutely wonderful barrel-aged impie that lives up to its hype.
sherm1016 (1255) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Town Hall Brewery, the week following Barrel Aged Week 2013. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head that quickly recedes. Aroma is chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Medium to heavy on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, roasty, bourbon, some alcohol heat, a little oak, with a sweet, roasty finish. A very nice BA Impy Stout.
mnmike (1074) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap during the barrel aged preview. Great smoothness here and some interesting side flavor additions like a coconut element.
thome50 (1246) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the 2012 release, thanks Matty and Marks! (Not infected bottle) Pours a jet black with tan head that is bigger than I expected. Aroma is coffee, malt, pecan pie. Taste is oak barrel up front, kinda the first time for that , toffee, light coffee grounds and some odd hop stuff going on. Overall, rad beer 6 months after bottling.
Enjoyit (3671) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of ash, spicy, roasted, oak and weak pepper. A flavor of roasted malt, liqurice, sour, redwine, oak and chocolate.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Motherbrother - thanks! Aroma reveals a hint of freshly grinded coffee, black malts, black currants, very similar to an oak aged red wine - barrels seem to be used and don’t show any of the bourbon it used to store. Dark berries like black berries and currants are very evident, definitely not your average BA imperial stout. Taste is dry and intensely tannic - black currants and roasted tartness, huge woody oak profile which makes the beer resemble an oak aged red wine - think cabernet. Liquorice and dark chocolate in the finish. Very different and interesting, although far from what I expected.
crossovert (10045) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice ba stout. Sweet caramel and some fruitiness. Not really a multi faceted stout but good.
ekstedt (6168) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of _angst_. Black with beige head. Strong salmiak roasted aroma, with coffee, tar, and strong vanilla and coconut barrel notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Semi dry, salty bitterness.