jbickus (16) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Two Brothers valentines dinner. I believe one of the brothers said it was made with honey, vanilla bean, maybe molasses also....and was aged for 2.5 years in an oak barrel. Only 55 gallons made I believe.
Smell was heavy bourbon and vanilla, definitely came off as a bourbon barrel stout, though i’m not sure it actually was aged in bourbon barrels. Taste was heavy molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, and vanilla at first. It almost resembled Darklord at the beginning, but then quickly changes to a more tart flavor on the finish. Overall thick on the tongue, still a little hot, but mellows fast. ABV was 14.5, but the oak smoothed that out quite a bit. Really a very unique stout, not like anything i’ve ever had.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the maproom, ratiing from memory, poured black with small tan head. nose was very bourbon, chocolate, and molasses. flavor was much of the same, very thick and tasty. easily the 2bros beer i’ve ever had.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 On tap at the Maproom. Deep black body with a small brown head. Aroma of bourbon. Bold flavor with bourbon, chocolate, molasses, and dried fruit. Thick, oily palate. I liked the initial taste with the bold, sweet, bourbon flavor, but subsequent tastes seemed mediciny, kind of like cough syrup. A decent impy stout, but not my favorite.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Map Room. This was not listed as a bourbon barrel aged impy but the minute the aroma hits you there leaves little doubt. I asked the bartender and he said he was pretty sure it was barrel aged. Pours that nice dark brown with a medium foamy head with traces of chocolate rivers winding throughout. Bourbon on the aroma along with cocoa and vanilla. The aromas all carry through to the taste along with raisans, molasses, prunes, and other dried fruits. The bourbon is there but not overbearing in any way. My only complaint is that I found it a bit thin for an impy, otherwise excellent.
jaymobrown (1827) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this at the Maproom on Jan. 15, 2006. Don’t know much of the history behind this beer, but here’s what I thought about it. Served in a small glass with a very dark appearance and a thin chocolate head. Smells like whiskey. Tastes quite a bit like whiskey. Lots of chocolate and wood, oak flavors too. Also, there are some sweeter vanilla flavors rolling around. Reminded me of a chocolate cake/pudding with alcohol, or perhaps a whiskey-beer drink. Seemed to be more whiskey with a beer, but really nice. Definitely something you must sip. I’m not sure what the ABV was, but it had to be pretty high. Thick.