boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Modest retention of a dark tan head, eventually fully receding. The black body looks weighty. The timid aroma is comprised of chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, licorice, roasted malts and a faint hint of espresso. The flavor is nearly identical, with a pleasant addition of soft fruity hops and a whisper of earthiness. Sweetness is light to moderate, bitterness is the same. Alcohol is well masked throughout. The finish is smooth and creamy, leaving behind hints of chocolate cake icing and orangey hops. Mouthfeel is thinned from the time in the barrel, but not thin overall. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Very tasty, but it isn’t the knockout I had expected.
unclemattie (4189) - Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperial Porter: Vintage ’06. 12oz bottle. A very opaque dark drown. Creamy looking, no head. Dark malt aroma with a bit of alcohol in the nose. WOW! Very creamy body. Ton of vanilla. A bit of toffee. Taste has a very chocolaty flavor and coffee in the distant finish.
ChainGangGuy (4376) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque, near-black body with a thin, khaki-colored head.
Smell: An unmistakably bourbon-esque aroma, with full notes of vanilla, burnt toffee, brown sugar, and smoke.
Taste: Rich, velvety chocolate taste combined with vanilla beans and the smooth, subtle taste of bourbon. Lesser hints of coffee and anise. Finishes with a bit more bourbon and a light roastiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a perfectly smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.
Drinkability: Its a treat to finally come across a beer that didn’t allow the bourbon barrel-aging to totally crush the load-bearing malt flavors underneath.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’06 Pours a deep black color with a light brown head. Aroma is burnt wood, vanilla, some coffee, and a hint of bourbon. Flavor is lots of cream, burnt wood, coffee, and some bourbon. Good beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy 1FastSTI. Black/dark brown with dark brown/ruby edges, small off white cap. Smells russian style, like a giant piece of good-n-plenty along with a strong dose of vanilla, dark chocolate, marshmallow, subtle oak- great nose. Similar flavor adds more chocolate and a bit of coffee. Full body, smooth. Excellent.
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black. Smell is rich malty sweetness that includes vanilla tones, roastiness and bourbon. Just a hint of a dairy-like porter smell from the roasted malt. Bourbon and vanilla come thru in the taste along with a nice roasted flavor and some cola-like sweetness. The smell is very inviting and the roasty and sweet flavors balance each other nicely. I can feel the alcohol strength but it is very well hidden in the taste and smell, not sure if the bourbon scents cover it, but it is well balanced. Creamy medium body, this beer really hit the spot.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very dark reddish black colour with a nice creamy head. Lovely aroma of sweet chocolate, coffee, caramel and hints of alcohol. Nice flavour of bourbon, chocolate, coffe, caramel, vanilla and roastedness. Very smooth and good balanced.
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 16 fl. ounces bottle. Pours orange/amber red. Aroma is aroma hops with a touch of sweet malt. Taste is wellrounded taste of aroma hops and malt profile with sweet platform. has nice smoke note. Finish is soft malty with a touch of bitterness
sunevdj (3176) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to MIBRomeo, my July Secret Santa. Pours almost black with a foamy, tanned head. Smells wonderfully of bourbon, vanilla and funghi. Sweet with lots of vanilla/wood flavors. Nice bourbon touch. Full bodied. Lowish carbonation. Long finish with vanilla again and a slight touch of funghi.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Sunevdj. The aroma is dusty corn, wood, vanilla and a bit of roast. The taste is light roasted, vanilla, bourbon, wood and chocolate in a Medium to full body with a soft vanilla finish.