Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ebon hue, nearly all light is trapped inside, with mere crimson glimmers at the cracks...nice, though brief, cocoa-colored head
Aroma is a bit on the shy side, not quite unfolding all the delights I anticipate from a top-of- the-line IS. Molasses, maple, anise, espresso, the usual suspects.
Taste: nice, and rich, and very good in the mouth, but fairly underwhelming, compared to the better ISís out there. Cocoa gets thicker in the texture...gets Alcohol, also, seems humble at first, though speaks up later in the game.
A bit hoppier than I expected, as well, and it all feels on the whole, mellow and smooth, despite the jumped-up flavor characteristics. Tasty, and not too overbearing. Gets thicker, richer, tastier as we go further in, but not too much so. A milder, mellower, balanced IS than those Iím used to, but thereís nothing wrong with that, is there? I didnít think so...
the more I drink of this, the more I like it. Doesnít blow me oway, but thatís okay...
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oprah Winfrey beer,thick dark and rich.You get the point.Even the head of this is dark tan.But the aroma coming from this,sh*t.Oaken nose that comes off smelling like Bourbon.Like some the fancy bar drink that has a vanilla bean in it.Tastes great,who cares if it more filling??The blend of oak ,coffee,and vanilla is done very well as not one outdoes the other.Nice body but what impresses me most of all is how the flavors manage to linger so long on the tongue.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok IMPY. No real show stoppers. If you have any great IMPYís itís just average.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours opaque black, medium frothy tannish head, with fairly sticky lacing. † Sweet Bourbon, Vanilla, and slight Oak on the nose. † Mmm.... smells delicious. † Wonderful combination of Chocolate, Bourbon, and Vanilla on first sip. † Slight alcohol tinge, but its very subtle. † Medium body and mouthfeel. † Not as heavy as I would have thought, but Iím not complaining. † Finishes with a smooth Bourbon & Vanilla flavor, along with roasted malts, Coffee, and Chocolate. † Flavor lingers long after finish. † Wonderful beer this is!   It has the right amount of Bourbon in the aroma and flavor. † Thanks goes out to hopscotch for the trade!
omhper (19926) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Very black, firm brownish head. Strong wood aroma. Sweet with notes of vanilla. licorice and coffee. Extreme oak barrel flavour going like a bulldozer across other flavours diminishing them to gravel. I very much like oak barrel beers, but this beer has no balance whatsoever. Interesting as a prototypical barrel aged beer, but leaves a lot of room for improvement.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Had this side by side with Old Heathen. Certainly, I suggest you do the same. Pitch black with strong nose of vanilla and firewood, hints of chocolate. Bigger bodied and much varied taste, this one is rich with chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Some hints of pear and apple as well. "Roasty" doesnít do this justice, its dry and peaty at the finish with vanilla sneaking back in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well masked by the massive malt flavors! Yum!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Based on notalushís rating, this sounds like a very interesting concoction. No head on an opaquely black body. Thickly sweet molasses aroma, along with the bourbon. It smells sweet. The beer is a little astringent, though, and not quite as rich or heavy as I expect from an Imperial Stout. The finish is thin, but the flavor is pretty good. Such an interesting idea for a beer, but Iím not sure it works for me.
notalush (4991) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black color, with small, quickly vanishing, dark tan head - warm aroma, dominated by bourbon (I love bourbon so this is a plus for me), but brown sugar, vanilla and raisins make things interesting - far too thin-bodied for an imperial, but the flavor is good - very low carbonation - notes of vanilla and bourbon are abundant in the flavor, but oak, chocolate, a bit of coffee, a touch of bitterness, and a hint of caramel serve to complicate things a bit - finish falls apart a bit, leaving nothing much but bitterness and a slight whiskey flavor - I was expecting a lot more from this - yes, it’s good, but a bit lopsided and clumsy.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very deep color, nearly opaque, thin brown head that lasts with good lacing. Full aroma, noticible elements from the barrel- vanilla, some whisky, and some oak. Also plenty of caramel, some smoke, roasty malts and a bit of chocolate. Slick palate, almost oily but still with some carbonation activity. Sweet, full, alcohol is covered up pretty well. Very tasty, I would definitely drink again.
OldGrowth (2751) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, Whiskey, burgundy wiine. Chocolate, coconut, maybe vanilla or butterrum. Nice head, faded quickly though. Reddish/purpleish black color. No light gets through.Swwet and sour flavors. Whiskey. chocolate, coffee mainly for flavors. Thin body for an Imperial stout. Coffee/ whiskey on finish. Whiskey dominates. just a ok stout with whiskey flavors.