Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from my buddy Matt. Pours viscous black with zero head and light carbonation. Big aromas of dark chocolate, deep roasted malts and some distant soy sauce notes. Very viscous on the palate with a big boozy kick, bourbon, vanilla and coconut. A little more carbonation and mouth feel would have really helped this beer out IMO.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbon, bourbon, yum yum yum. Bourbon, bourbon, til’ my lips go numb!
Damn, this beer has a big bourbon character. In fact, bourbon is basically all there is. The nose is filled with fresh powerful bourbon aromas, perhaps coupled with hints of chocolate. Faint alcohol presence as well.
The flavor is, not surprisingly, equally dominated by bourbon. Some chocolate and roasted malts are present, but it’s not a lot. The finish is somewhat warming from the alcohol and has some notes of salt licorice accompanying the lingering vanilla bourbon notes.
Unfortunately, I think the body is way to thin for this kind of beer. It is also quite dry in the finish, and all in all it feels slightly over attenuated. Strange to come across a brew of such potency with such a thin body.
This is not a bad beer, quite the opposite. The bourbon is quite tasty and it hides the alcohol impressively well. But it’s really one-dimensional and the after a glass, I lost some interest in it.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty damn pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, flavor is bourbon. Palate? No, not bourbon but rather thin for an imperial stout, an imperial stout which is not really much of an imperial stout at all but more like bourbon with beer. I get hints of liqourice, perhaps a tad of chocolate but its mostly just bourbon and alcohol. Ends dry but bourbon sweet. straight forward? Yes, fairly drinkable for the abv? Yes, it is pretty ok, pretty good actually if you like bourbon..
alexsdad06 (8162) - Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz.bottle from various. Pours black with a small dense tan head. The aroma is deep roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, ripe dark fruit, and a bit vinous. The flavor opens with a blast of the bourbon and ripe dark fruits, almost vinous in nature. The roasted malt and dark chocolate hit mid palate. There are subtle vanilla notes that add to the enjoyment. The alcohol is always present, but works for this beer. Mouthfeel is full and goes down smooth.
Rating #80 for this beer.
reggiedunlop (3624) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours pitch black with a very thin and very dark mocha head. aroma has cocoa that is immediately overpowered by dark fruit...fig, alcohol, vanilla, and the faintest hint of bourbon. flavor has dark fruits, espresso, burnt toffee, subtle bourbon notes, oak, and warming alcohol. very complex! mouthfeel is heavy and lively with a lingering finsh that has dark fruit followed by subtle vanilla bourbon. all in all a very nice impy ubt a bit too heavy on the dark fruit for me.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a slightly lighter brown head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, boozy, bourbony. Tastes of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, boozy, some chocolate, spicy.
pineypower (2956) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s, no label obtained in 10/08. Pours out black with a very slight brown head. Aroma is of oak bourbon, chocolate and some roast. Taste packs a punch, bourbon, roasted malts, oak, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a burning straight forward bourbon note on the finish. Definitely could have sat a bit longer, once it warmed up, I actually thought I was sipping bourbon.
Tmoney99 (12994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06.
Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy Belgian chocolate, woody and coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
BuckeyeBoy (4973) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a dark brown almost black topped with a small tan ring. Aroma was of light bourbon along with some burnt roast. Taste was more of the bourbon and the burnt malt. A little sugar sweetness and more of the bourbon. Thanks ditmier for sharing.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a fresh bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.
Pours a motor oil black with a thin brown head that leaves a crown and an island with spotty lacing. Looks viscous.
Smells first of whiskey way up front, roasted malts and chocolate in the background. The whiskey is strong as hell. I can smell this from about three feet. I wonder if the barrels these were aged in were still full.
The bourbon character is still there in the taste, but not nearly as overpowering as the smell. Still a strong brew, whiskey hitting you first followed by your typical impy tastes, but something about this screams it is of a higher quality than your run of the mill.
Pretty thick bodied with low carbonation, mouth coating. It’s like drinking whiskey without the regrets. I could chug this stuff if I knew I wouldn’t end up on the floor. Simply great. I only downrated it because even letting it slightly warm, the bourbon character became too overpowering.