argo0 (11913) - 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 (1426) - 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 (2413) - 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 don’t 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 (458) - Ocala, Florida, 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 couldn’t 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.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark brown color with a small, quickly diminishing beige head. The aroma right out of the botle had some imitation grape flavor character to it (?). In the glass the aroma was dominated by the bourbon...some roasted coffee, vanilla, and wood also. The flavor was dominated by bourbon...nothing sweet here...just roasted, dry bourbon. The aftertaste makes you swear you just took a shot of Jack Daniels! The feel was not too thick...soft carbonation...dry finish. Thanks Willblake.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a small brown head. Rather full and sweet aroma with dark roasted and coffee tones. Some alcohol in there also. Milk chocolate and vanilla dominates the flavor with a roasted subtone. Quite odd and a little too sweet and cloying in the long run. Sparkling.
Thanks a lot Mike (Eyedrinkale) for trading me this one!
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pitch black beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of alcohol and chocolate. The flavor is dominated by chocolate, but also some roasted notes, leading to a smooth but dry finish. The alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor, but gives it a nice body. A nice Imperial Stout.