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 (5520) - 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 Hophead22ís 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 (2880) - 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 (11740) - 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.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma on this thing is terrifying. Seriously. So much bourbon, and itís not even smoothed out by anything, I was almost afraid to take a drink...and then when I did the taste was totally different. Itís still rough, to be sure, lots of huge bourbon notes up front, but itís quite tasty, and not at all what the nose suggests itís going to be.
holdenn (2060) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to pantanap. Pours a thick dark black with a tan ring of a head. Soy and bourbon are strong in the nose. Sweet sherry, cough syrup, maple syrup, rich and boozy. When I swirl it that soy nearly becomes unbearable but it fades to tolerable levels of alcohol and syrup. Sweet sherry, red fruit, lots of bourbon, chocolate flavors,. Chocolate drying finish from that booze.
pepsican (1395) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15,5%? Hand bottle filled correctly, thanks santa! Black pour with just a few bubbles trying to break through. Up front bourbon in a very nice way. Flavor has some licorice, toffee, vanilla, wood, plums, booze, raisins. Heavy handed with the tobacco, this one finishes very rich and almost smoky. Nice.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black glops fall to perhaps the darkest brown head that Iíve seen. Very sweet nose strongly of vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Major bourbon washout in the flavor, also wood, alcohol, roast, and brownie. Rather watery body and finish given the weight. Roast and alcohol burn linger. It started off un-cohesive and went downhill from there.
mar (4464) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
huge thanks to bu11zeye for this one. pitch black pour with a dark espresso head. incredible nose of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts and more vanilla. great on the palate with a huge vanilla bourbon flavor and a smooth roasted chocolate finish. incredible beer.
Boutip (4286) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black stout with a motor oil consistency and a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is detectable but mainly dominated by bourbon notes. Taste is also dominated by bourbon notes with a bit too much alcohol for my taste with light vanilla finish. Body is full with good carbonation and alcohol is too apparent. Very well done but I canít say I enjoy barrel-aging with alcohol is so present.