Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2014 Beautifully balanced aroma and flavor of bourbon, baker’s chocolate, real vanilla, cherry wine, amaretto, cashew/macadamia/hazelnut, and toasted coconut. Bourbon is at the perfect level, and the mouthfeel is firm and creamy without being too heavy on the palate. The aftertaste is perfect...long but not overdone. sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 6, 2010
As my father-in-law likes to call it- Ivan The Wonderful. My fav bourbon stout. The nose and taste are so well balanced. Great vanilla chcolate, malt and bourbon all in harmony. Can be a real pain to find, when you see it- BUY IT!! HaydukeMT (5) - Montana, USA - JAN 28, 2011 does not count
2010- chocolate, black, brown foam, medium sweetness, full body, creamy, thick feel, long finish. poisoneddwarf (2599) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2010 2009 vintage. Bottle #820 of 3000 produced. 750 ml corked bottle into snifter. Aromas of whiskey, raisins. Pours black as Ivan the Terrible’s asshole (I said that about Rasputin, didn’t I?). Beautiful lacing and nice head. Perfect, actually. Taste is sour, sweet, then bitter. Vanilla is prominent. A bit fruity, even. Medium carbonation. This is the greatest imperial stout I’ve ever had, I think. How this brewery who is best known for Moose Drool (just an average brown ale) and Trout Slayer (sub-par "wheat ale") created this masterpiece is a mystery. Different head brewer? I don’t know, but I’m proud to know that the greatest imperial stout I’ve ever tried is practically made next door to me. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 750 corked bottle 2009 vintage and bottle #820/3000 and shared with Poisoneddwarf- Pours pitch black with a perfect frothy head, aroma is raisin, very little Bourbon, some complex stuff. The flavor is the mellowest Imperial Stout i have ever had, very good shit. I taste black cherries as well. The one question, is it worth the pricetag ($21.99)- HELL YES, you can not do better.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
750ml Bottle. Bottle 125 of 1152. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Black/ dark brown pour. Dark brown head. Aroma of HUGE vanilla, wood, nice chocolate. Yum, Macciato. A hint of bourbon as it warms. Flavor is lots of creamy chocolate with a nice blend of bourbon. Some wood, and mellow vanilla. I love that sweet bourbon. Creamy and Heavy bodied. A+
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 2010 bottle on 12/2/11. pours a dark brown out of the bottle and settles into a dark black with a 2+ finger tan head that settles down to a 1/4" ->. really nice levels of bourbon over the nose with vanilla, chocolate and oak. med to full body with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, oak and dark fruits. sweet, a bit of alcohol and very smooth. sweet finish with bourbon, lots of vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee notes. excellent beer!
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2010
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... this was one of my favorites at GABF this year... really nice BA Imperial Stout from a solid brewery. pitch black pour with a tan head... really nice bourbon nose... extremely smooth medium to thick body... bourbon throughout with a long presence on the finish. I need some bottles of this now!
Shared 09 vintage (bottle # 2362!) with a beer buddy. Pours pitch black with minimal tan head that fades quickly into a snifter. The aroma immediately gives those lovely bourbon barrel smells (vanilla, coconut flakes to me), a hefty amount of malt, chocolate. Great nose. Taste is equally superb: upfront vanilla with a creamy malty sensation that leads into chocolate, roastiness, licorice. Finishes mocha with an ever so slightly noticeable alcohol presence. Leaves a nice roasty aftertaste. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied with low carbonation and warms beautifully. Yum! Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2010
2009 Bottle # 177 split three ways amongst friends into tulip glasses it had a two finger tan head that went off to nothing but with a swirl of he glass would reappear. The body of the brew was a typical black stout with brown highlights.
Initially I got a huge hit of alcohol from the nose but then it turned wonderfully to bourbon and vanilla. The flavor was sweet bourbon and vanilla, with a touch of roasted malts at the end. It had a great feel in my mouth with proper carbonation for the style.
This is a great beer, easy to sit back and relax with. The flavors were perfect for savoring with some great conversation I would grab a bottle of this If I saw it again without thinking
Serving type: bottle
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
2009 bottle tasted on 6/5/10 thanks to callmemickey!
Pours jet black with huge bubbly dark mocha head.
Aroma was beautiful oak and coconut, with some great chocolate and vanilla and hints of molasses.
Flavor was nice sweet chocolate and bourbon, with a slightly bitter, balanced finish.
This was easily one of the smoothest imperial stouts I have every head and the mouthfeel was like silk sliding across my tongue.
Incredibly drinkable and I feel like I could put away a whole 750 mL if given the chance. I now understand why I like the Bottleworks XI so much.