Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice head. Almost completely opaque, but hints of red show through. Big vanilla bourbon aroma. Cocoa in the taste, matched with vanilla, bourbon and oak. Alc. present but balanced. Mouthfeel is creamy. Great finish and aftertaste filled with vanilla. Bourboun flavors are not overpowering.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly opaque black body with a burgundy hue and a large, persistent, velvety tan head. Rich chocolatey nose plus bourbon and port notes. Aroma is also of cherries, alcohol, and a cardboard-like note from the oak. Fairly sweet and dessert-like flavor of chocolate and espresso with a plummy, malty middle and finish. Nice roastiness. Bourbon notes are present but subdued in the flavor. Creamy, smooth palate. Great beer.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful pour. Aromas of chocolate, butter, toffee - kind of like malted milk. The faintest hint of alcohol. Taste is fairly dry. Lots of chocolate. I was longing for a little more spice but very happy for lack of too much sweetness. Texture was smooth and rich. I wasnít getting lots of bourbon but I really enjoyed this Imperial sent to me by my Secret Santa - Kinz.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as black can be with brownish head. Very smooth and delicious. Coffee and oak flavors with alcohol in the background. A good, easy to drink stout.
Suttree (5856) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíll be the first to admit it - Iím a sucker for the aroma of a bourbon barrel aged brew. This one smells wonderful - notes of vanilla, oak, and whiskey. The flavor is a nice blend of imperial stout and bourbon - all of the coffee and chocolate you would expect, plus prune and rasin, mixed with a subtle but unmistakeable flavor of bourbon. Very tasty - Thanks, Secret Santa!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a small tan head. aroma is toffee-ish and boozy with vanilla, chocolate and fig. dried fruit flavours meld nicely with the roastedbitterness and woody dryness. my first barrel aged imperial stout. not bad, but doesnít seem better or worse than heathen
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from wohlfs, Dark brown, thin brown head, aroma of fruit, tastes sweet with a bit of bourbon, fairly thin.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excelent black pour with a large foamy dark tan head. Big deep malt aroma and strong bitterness both present in teh aroma along with vanilla, chocolate, and some alcohol. Chalky chocolate feel is burried beneath a sweet chocolate taste. Neither overpowers, leaving room for vanilla, coffee, and roasted malts along with some mild bitterness. Very nice alcohol taste appears as the beer warms and pairs nicely with the oak dryness.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Plums and raisin sweetness w/ roasty textures on the nose. Rich roast and coffee w/ plums and vanilla in the mouth. Opaque and deep w/ red/ purple hues, decent head and light amber lacing. Creamy and full bodied.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For starters this is scary how much it smells like bourbon. I noticed the hints of vanilla, but not so much the oak because it blended in nicely with the whiskey scent. Pours straight black with brown head that fades as fast as it pours. Strong oak, coffee, chocolate taste. The bourbon and vanilla flavors are much more subtle. Has a nice body and is quite smooth. It warmed me up a little like a nice scotch to. Very nice example for this style.