BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle. Black and opaque with a purple tint around the edges. Head leaves a thin layer after settling. Bourbon is upfront in the aroma with vanilla blending in nicely. Oak not as present. Body is thick and smooth, sticking to the mouth a bit and lingering after the finish. Flavor has alot of the bourbon in it. Some roasted malts and vanilla there too. Alcohol slightly noticable and warming. Overall a nice stout.
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Black opaque beer with a brown head. Aroma is full of coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Nice mouthfeel and an oily texture. Roasted flavor, coffee, molasses, chocolate and vanilla, with a smokey tate showing up towards the finish. Strangely enough bourbon is not that present in the taste. Cocoa beans and dark chocolate in the finish, with a nice tannins-like taste brought by the oak aging. Smooth and well-balanced beer between sweetness and bitterness, alcohol kicks bask in the aftertaste. A really good beer!
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 Dark Black Brown Liquid with a nice mocha head that persists a long time. Nose is somewhat sweet and wine-like. Taste is refreshing mix of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Body is thin and fluid. Nice sweet aftertaste. An awesome beer. One of my new favorites.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium tan head atop black body. Aroma is sweet, bourbon vanilla, light oak. Taste is medium sweet, vanilla, anise, some coffee, chocolate, hint of hops, finishing with the bourbon. Watery medium-full body. I very much like the Old Heathen, but the bourbonification performed here overwhelms the quality beer beneath.
lamas (1280) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Another great beer from probably my favorite brewery. Pours dark black with thick dark head. Smells of vanilla. Mild chocolatey, vanilla extract and coffee aftertaste. Very roasty. The high ABV is only slightly noticeable.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Nice thick brown head of fine bubbles. Settles nicely and leaves some great lacing. Thick, pungent aroma of milk, coffee, vanilla, loads of malts and grains and a bit of chocolate. Distinct bit of bourbon in the aroma. Color is black. Sweet flavor. Milk chocolate, hazelnut coffee, vanilla and a decent bitterness. Soft and creamy in the mouth. I donít really detect any oak notes though but I guess the oak aging really mellowed this brew out. Wow, second time trying this the bourbon really stands out which is good if you like bourbon. Finish is smooth and a little bitter. Hides its alcohol very well. A top quality imperial that is not as harsh as some of the other big stouts out there.
mribm (445) - Hurley, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz. Bottle. Several of the latest comments referred to this beer as having bourbon qualities. I found it to be like a very fine, complex wine. Absolutely an EXCELLENT beer that I couldnít find a fault with. It was so complex in flavor, with the oak, vanilla, coffee and chocolate notes, that I cannot give this beer anything less then a perfect score, beause it IS the perfect Imperial Stout, in my opinion. This is the best thing to come from Easton, Pa. since boxing champ Larry Holmes! TERRIFIC BREW!
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An amazing imperial stout. Black as night with a slight bourbon nose. The flavor/taste was absolutely amazing. Strong tones of bourbon (but not overpowering). A touch of vanilla mellowed it out and made it a perfect sipping stout.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brownish black, with a rapidly diminishing dark tan head. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor evocative of some kind of dessert involving coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, with some interesting shifts in the balance as it warms. Some vinous (sour mash?) notes on the finish. Full-bodied. The oakiness is nice; this is definitely something I like a lot.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown color with a small beige head. Strong bourbon aroma, with some oak and grape that diminished very quicklly. Roasted coffee, bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors. Medium thick feel with a fairly dry finish. Very good, but the bourbon is almost too much.