beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color. Medium to small sized tan foamy head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a hint of bourbon and oak. The hops are earthy. Very smooth taste. Nice balance. Hides the alcohol very well. Hints of vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. TAR (2793) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Penetrable ebony. Tan ring of head is well retained. Smoky java, dark chocolate, burnt butter toffee, toasted coconut, and metallic char assault the nostrils. Hints of chocolate mousse. Minimal fruitiness. Softly carbonated. Body carries a medium-weight slickness. Initially firmly roasty and minerally with a silken mousselike texture which softens the intensity of the brisk and snappy char. Well integrated. Barrel derivatives generate a tight clasp of tannins as well as inklings of caramelized sugars which echo the exceptionally bright, oily and explosive java inundation. Ashen char complements the gentle brush of oak. Much more coconut than vanilla. Whispers of nutty-malt blossom at room temperature and manage to withstand the nearly overbearing char. Forceful roastiness produces a wet-wool effect which is then cradled by a touch of oiliness and fruitiness. Malt-derived acidity imparts much-needed depth while keeping the roast and java intensity at bay. Finishes with succulent notes of smoky and earthy java and plums interlaced with burnt toffee and a dusting of oak and tannins. Coffee and toffee linger for what seems like an eternity. Well-structured, overall, but pretty straightforward. With, perhaps, the exception of the artfully integrated java, this doesn’t happen to be overly characterful or interesting. Pretty good. Hand-bottled by cquiroga. Cheers friend! kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 11/29/2006 mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Mode: Hand Bottled
Appearance: black, wispy tan head,
Aroma: strong roasted malt aroma that morphs into a note of sweet bourbon,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: flavor has a lots of vanilla sweetness, nice roasted character, well blended bourbon with the roasted,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Great beer. Very inovative. Excellent for dessert! A bit syruppy, but other than that a winner. doubelknv3 (1093) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2007
Bourbon, oak, and tequila aroma. Black and coffee colour. Bourbon, oak, chocolate, and cough syrup flavour. Farily sweet for my liking.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2007
Just found my notes from when I had this last fall. Served in a snifter at the brewery. Looks great. Taste is not overpowering, incredibly creamy, with chocolate, and some espresso, vanilla and bourbon. I hope I get another crack at this one. WJL2 (9) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2006 does not count
Tap.. Very appealing, complex aroma with a very small creamy head. Nice full bodied stout that hints of vanilla ash, toffee, espresso, chocolate, and of course bourbon. Not too overpowering but very much makes it’s presence known. Nice finish but as expected a wee bit heavier on the stomach than the breakfast stout. Very nice brew footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Thanks to cquiroga for this rare brew. Oprah Winfrey. Thick,dark and rich. The Bourbon is slight which allows lots of chocolate,molasses and espresso to come thru’. It is a little thin but as a re-bottle I more than most, understand the effects of that. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2006
A very nice brew indeed.
Thanks to Cquiroga for sharing this beer. Poured black with a brown edge and a small brown head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla ash, coffee, smooth mild bourbon, and some chocolate to round it out. Vanilla appeared to start off the flavor . Notes of coconut and chocolate. Moderately bitter and dry finish. The body seemed a little light to me. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a small spare tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, lightly smoke sausage, and vanilla extract. Flavor of roastiness, malt, cocoa, and bourbon with a dry finish.