craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2012
bottle thanks to Ratman197. pours a thick deep black with a small tan head. sweet nose with bourbon, oak, licorice and bright alcohol warmth. thick body - chewy - with deep layers of chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, molasses, licorice, citrus and dark fruits. smooth and inviting with a bit of heat throughout. strong finish with more charred oak, bourbon, vanilla and sweet dark malts. excellent! not too sweet, not too hot (for 18%). polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle from wchesser, BIG thanks Will! Aroma has big notes of sweet bourbon, chocolate, molasses, oats, roasted malts, along with sharp notes of dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, figs and red wine. Very sharp and complex aroma. Inky pitch black hue with a small medium brown head that mostly diminished and left almost no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with an alcohol burn on the finish but it is hidden very well. Incredible palate for the amount of abv. Overall a very big Impy with a ton going on. She is a bit sharp, dry and tart but it works with all of the other big flavors and considering it’s 17.5 abv the flavor is wonderful. Reminded me of DFH WWS. Enjoyed it. IrishBoy (4202) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2017 12 oz bottle from Arminjewell. Nose is lightly charred smoky oak, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses in the background. Black with a medium, quick disappearing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, sweet raisins, white pepperiness, light bitterness, and a bit of bourbon. Finish is a bit of bitter and bourbony alcohol warmth. Excellent BBA Stout! Hard to believe it’s actually 17.42%, the alcohol warmth tastes like a 10%er.
2017 version only 14.9% ABV. Still very good but not as good as last year thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2012
(12oz bottle) pours near black with dark tan creamy spare head. Nose of huge barrel character, toasty marshmallows, low roastiness, graham cracker, bourbon, vanilla, smooth alcohol, and a creeping cherry character. Endlessly complex. Taste of rich fudge, light oats and cream, alcohol, wood char, medium roast character, light cherry (perhaps from the alcohol kick), and a medium thick body that’s not overly assertive in any way, surprising given the ABV. Just an amazing beer. michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 Pours almost oil thick, black with a big brown lasting head and lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasted malt, chocolate an dried fruit. Flavor is complex notes of chocolate, licorice, dried fruit and alcohol. Sweet but so busy with flavor and alcohol that it works well. Finish is sweet, complex, hot, with subtle bitterness, all of which lingers. This is an intense, interesting, layered beer. Really wonderful and screaming to be cellared.
Rasmus40 (20988) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle @ Camons tasting, courtesy of adnielsen. Black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Sweet and very bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 120712 Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle at Pspsø’s - Thanks. Pitch black - nice brown head. High high malty, light wooden/bourbon notes, ok alcoholic to cut through the sweetness, rather high sweetness, cocoa, nice hoppy, fresh hoppy notes, dry malty notes, oiley texture, chocolate, warming finish. Nice. Tinco (617) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
From tap. Black, no light coming thourgh, small mocha head. Aroma is bourbon, booze, chocolate, coffeee, toasted coconut, sweet soysauce, very ashy, burnt. Taste is boozy, very creamy, full mouthfeel, chocolate, sweet, raisins, plums, dark caramel, vanilla, almost dark flowers. A very hard beer to describe unless youve had it. A very awesome full imperial stout! Right up there! MotherBrother (945) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Been wanting to try this bad boy ever since I heard of it.
Pour pitch black, with a small creamy mocha-brown head... Looks freaking terrifying!!
Aroma is packed of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coconut, bourbon, wood, bourbon/rum - soaked dark fruits, dates, raisins, licorice. This shit really is delicious. Holy cow!!
The taste is pretty sweet, with a slightly bitter and boozy aftertaste, which suits this beer very well.
Medium and rather oily bodied, with a lively carbonation. Slight heat in the throat when swallowed. This shit sure is tasty, and I’d always be iso more!!
Thanks to Master Scott for sending me this SOB!! crossovert (12937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
For such a big beer this one is remarkably drinkable. Boozy but not over the top. Smooth and drinkable. Awesome.