Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 A huge shout out and thanks to Dim for making this one happen. I pored a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass it produced a finger worth of dark chocolate colored head that dissipated rather quickly leaving a thin lace. The body of the brew was a midnight black in color.
There was a huge bourbon aroma coming from this brew. Basically that was all you could get from the nose other than the typical vanilla and oak. It was a little hot at first but the after taste was really quite enjoyable. That is where you get all the wonderful flavors.
I tasted the flavor of bourbon and roasted malts along with some vanilla. It had a medium feel in my mouth with light carbonation for my tongue.
A very sipable beer if that is a word. I finished the 12 oz and enjoyed every drop. It was defiantly a brew that I would only drink one of in a sitting but would love to have again
Adjusted the rating… I love this brew this is a must try
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks MrChopin! - Pours dark brown almost black with a small brown head...aroma is straight bourbon and slight malt, slight char...flavour is oddly thin despite the viscosity and ABV, again massive bourbon (like drinking bourbon) with some sweet and slightly bitter burnt sugar, oak and some burn...ineresting, but way different than I expected...
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of Batch 1 from Adrian910ss. Thanks man! Pours a pitch black tar with a spare dark brown head. Nose is full of alcohol/bourbon, molasses, burnt oak, tobacco. Flavors a very full almost harsh, loads of bourbon, coconut, date, tobacco. A huge stout that could use even more aging.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Steve for the bottle! Poured inky deep brown (near black) with a dusting and a ring of tan head.. potent enough to leave legs down the side of the glass. The aroma jumped out of the bottle with rich, sticky bourbon and molasses leading.. further investigation brings out vanilla, sweeter oaky notes, and baker’s chocolate.. prickly, peppery alcohol on the back of the nose. The flavor began smoothly with aged molasses, vanilla, and lesser chocolate.. spicy, hot alcohol first appeared about a third of the way through about the same time as the barrel impression.. toasted oak, sweet bourbon, earth, and tobacco came together well, and rode out the finish on a molasses and maple base, picking up toasted coconut right at the back.. dry heat after the swallow. Heavily-bodied and syrupy on the palate with almost no carbonation evident.. heat was there, but perhaps at a reasonable level considering the ABV.. the stout was big enough to hold up to the bourbon, but it was a challenge to drink.
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Avalon68 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of a lot of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and light alcohol. It pours a dark brown, with no transparency, and a small beige head that fades to a moderate ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with chocolate and light vanilla. It finishes with bourbon and light maple syrup. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but is hidden rather well. Medium-full bodied with light carbonation.
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz from trade with Yetiman420. Aged about 6 months, needs about 6 years. Pours deep black with minimal dark tan head that is resurrected with a heavy swirl. Lots of yellow lace in this bad boy. Wow. Nose is boozy as hell- whiskey, bourbon, and barrel notes with whiskey drenched dark fruit and and some chocolate hiding behind the booze. Flavor is lots of alcohol with chocolate, rum, whiskey, bourbon, and lots of burn as it goes down. This tastes like an exploration of the booze aisle. Interesting stout, but a lot of the stout character seems to be swirling amid the vortex of booze. More dark chocolate and roast come out as it warms, but this medium bodied beer finishes boozy and slightly chocolatey. Interesting experience.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a menacing dark black, murky and muddy with a thin tan head that settles quickly. Aroma is malty and sweet with strong notes of whisky, vanilla, wood, and lesser notes of chocolate, rum-soaked raisins, soy, grain, some hints of toffee and caramel. Flavor is sweet and boozy with strong whisky notes, vanilla, wood, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, molasses. Generally medium to full body with a boozy malty finish.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at Hophead22’s Imperial Stout Tasting. Thanks Tim. Black with a nice dark brown head. Big alcohol and sweet chocolate and cherry aroma. Rich candy sugar, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, mild anise, oak and caramel taste with a slightly dry finish. Excellent.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottles from treyrab and hopdog, thanks guys. Can smell the alcohol, lots of dark fruits and vanilla, mmm, this smells good. Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, when it warm it just become phenominal.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of soy, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla.