fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2005 bottle. Thanks to Steve for sharing this one! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. It dissipates quickly. The nose on this is huge bourbon notes with a lot of chocolate. I also detect some vanilla. Flavor was upfront in your face bourbon with chocolate and vanilla notes melding together on the finish. The mouthfeel on this is so dense I felt like I was chewing on a piece of fudge and driking a glass of bourbon at the same time. This was simply amazing. I didn’t think anything could top the bourbon a bouron county stout until I had this. I like over the top bourbon beers and I found my new favorite. Wow. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2009
2007 from flandersned. Holy shit what a beer. Black pour, brown head. Aroma if bourbon and chocolate. Sweet chocolate, tons of bourbon and oak. Vanilla and oak too. What a brew!!! thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Finally a decent beer to rate. Been a long time since I have had one as good as this. This draft brew from the brewery poured a large sized head of finely sized dark brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation and an excellent lacing. . The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong bourbon aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of hops roasted malt vinous dark malt coffee and bourbon. The vinousness was there but very well hidden. It gave me the beer shivers which to me is a sign of an excellent beer! A wonderful best in class brew. This brew makes my top 20 brews of all time list. hotstuff (5281) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Draft at Big Rock Chop House & Brewery.Small tan head that fully diminished, virtually no lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a black hue. Nose was bourbon, alcohol, oak, dark fruits, roasty, some caramel, dark chocolate, and vanilla.Wow! It was hard getting past the aroma as it was fantastic!!The flavor was bourbon, vinuous but not overly so, malty, chocolate, caramel, roasty, vanilla, and some licorice. Smooth mouthfeel and medium-full body.Wow!! Delicious! Extremely quaffable, nicely done, enjoyable to drink, nice balance, my favorite beer of the day at this establishment, definitely will have this one again if it is available, and absolutely worthy of a try. lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle from miketd. Thanks man! Either I was in love with everything this night, or this was one of my new favorite beers. Pours a dark black color with almost no head. Smell is vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. Taste is rich, chewy chocolatey fudge that is moderately bittered to balance and there is an overall denseness to the flavor. Very soft carbonation but still there and just enough. Slight bit warming from the alcohol but none shows in the flavor. I thought this was fantastic!
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Aug 2, 2007
MiBGF 07: Opaque with a excellent oily film on the sample cup. The aroma abounds with liquorice, molasses, smoke, bittersweet bakers chocolate, and a hint of bourbon and vanilla beans.
The taste is a tour de force with a huge fruity character (mostly fig) supported by anise in the forefront followed by heavy notes of chocolate and vanilla finishing with a dash of smoke and coffee. Oh wait a minute and you will even find a brief moment of piney hops and acidity. YUMMY!
The mouth feel is lush, oily and oh so dangerously drinkable for a big Impy. It goes big without making you gasp for air. It is a wonderful work of art I wish I could have a growler of. Almost all you would ever want for an Imperial Stout.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
I can see how some would say this beer has way too much bourbon and isn’t balanced at all. That person would call this a hot mess. Well, I guess that’s just what I like. An in your face Bourbon stout that doesn’t pull any punches. wow!!!!!!!! egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Poured an opaque black color with a small, dark tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, strong roasted malts, caramel, wood, and light alcohol. Really reminded me of Alesmith’s BA Speedway. Taste of roast, molasses, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and chocolate, with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Many thanks to whoever brought the 2005 vintage growler to DLD! Poured deep, viscous black with a deep brown head that stuck to the glass well. The aroma was rich and inviting with well-roasted dark chocolate, coffee, and sweeter brownie-like chocolates inter-laced with a significant barrel presence (sweet bourbon, vanilla, and toasted older oak).. this would make a mighty fine after dinner drink (or anytime for me). The flavor held serve with warm semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla beans, and dry-roasted coffee at the core surrounded and touched by sweet bourbon and toasty oak.. well-balanced and big all around.. the barrel and the underlying beer played well together. Heavier-bodied on the palate with a clean, dry, warming finish of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.. thankfully it stuck for quite some time. Although I didn’t spend as much time with this beer as I wanted to, it left perhaps the most memorable impression on me from the weekend.. which is saying a lot! Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2009
2005 vintage bottle courtesy of fiver29 – thanks John! Pours crude oil black with a one finger mocha colored head that faded quickly. The nose is dark fruit, rich chocolate and bourbon. The taste is milk chocolate, oaky vanilla, ashy cocoa, roasted malt and chocolate flavored coffee with a nice boozy bourbon finish. Full creamy mouthfeel. A nice bourbony BA stout. Thanks again John!