Brigadier (2275) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW 2007
I didn’t try too many beers at this year’s festivals but they were all winners. It says something about the caliber of specials when this tap was only my second highest rated beer. If this comes out of retirement be sure to make it to Minneapolis for a taste. You’ll be blown away by the complexity.
Aroma / Appearance - The tasting glass was poorly designed to get a great sense of the aroma but I was able to pick up vanilla, oak and coffee. Caramel and hazel complimented them nicely. Overall it was very creamy and smooth. This beer would be nice to sniff for quite a while before drinking. The deep walnut brown body wasn’t the darkest I’ve seen but it was still very pretty. A tan colored head dominated at first until it began to settle down somewhat.
Flavor / Palate - Full bodied oak, hazel and cream began the brief experience. Malts and expresso come next but shortly thereafter my glass was empty. This was very accessible and easy to drink for a barrel aged imperial stout. The smooth aftertaste left bitterness on the throat but not so much that it was offputting. If this was the only BA beer offered at the 2007 Great Taste it would have been worth the cost of admission.
Aniela (1851) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Dried dark fruits, malty, coffee, chocolate. oak aroma with some ashy notes. Chocolate, licorice, dark dried fruits, malty. coffee and oaky flavour.
TheAlum (4359) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Pours a rich deep thicker black pour, dark and ominous hues. A frothy brownish head atop films ok, laces not bad. Aromas are some decent barrel presence, vanilla and some warming whiskey. Touches of oak, roast, and cocoa. Mellow coffee, growing roast element as it warms meets the caramel, toffee, and roastiness. Initial is heavier end of the fold, though not thick and brooding. Roasty, some toast, decent barrel presence hits the palate. Barrel is well integrated, not overly thinned. A touch spicy as we round the corner. Some spirit, gentle oxidation, roast and caramel. Woody, yet not hot. Full yet not sticky and messy. A bit of roastiness, faint dark fruit, and firmer oak, spirit linger on as we finish. A bit toasty, tannic, and spirity as it completes. Well done. The barrel is a good compliment but not overwhelming. Nice.
Doodler (302) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler at Crooked Stave party (thanks Matt) - Poured a motor oil black with a small white head. Nose has a nice woody bourbon note with a touch of vanilla. Taste is velvety smooth with cocoa and malts overtoned with the bourbon wood dryness. Palate was slick with some hints of fruits on the finish. Very nice....
MotherBrother (555) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is pitch black, with a nicely looking mocha-brown slightly frothy head. Aroma of leather, slight chocolate, some coffee notes appears when this starts to warm up a bit. Some berry notes in here as well. Lots and lots of dry oak. The taste is slightly sweet upfront, with quite some bitterness to it, and faint sour hints. Medium bodied, with a slight fizzy carb. Thanks to the Jeffo for handing over this one;)
brystmar (517) - 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 (2127) - 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 (4145) - 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 (904) - 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 (700) - 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 (627) - Boringville aka Irvine, 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.