beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate and roasty, lots of coffee, vanilla and bourbon flavors as well. Nice smooth tasting stout Good roasty malt flavors, the barrel aging adds some nice subtle vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors to the beer. I sort of like that its not over the top in your face taste. Hides the alcohol very well, although both the alcohol and bourbon flavors intensify as the beer warms. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter roasted malts.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMMMMM! I like bourbon and I like imperial stouts. Mix them and youve got something very special. Pours out black with a small tan head. Flavor is malty with hints of chocolate. Finishes up with a nice hit of bourbon. Aroma is oaky and that of bourbon. Great brew.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First - wanted to try this for quite some time. Pours out brown in color. There is alot of bourbon going on here, perhaps too much for me to like it due to the fact that I got sick on that stuff quite a bit in college. I have another bottle which I plan to sit on for quite some time to see how the flavor develops. This is something worth trying, not really something I would want to delve into again. Thanks alot John for the opportunity to try this!
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Thin dark head. Very little carbonation. What there is reduces to a thin wisp of foam around the edge. WOW, nice aroma. Very buttery with a distinct smell of the bourbon, some butterscotch, vanilla, a little cheese and plenty of dark roasted malts. Color is a very dark brown with red overtones. Rich and flavorful. Bourbon is apparent up front then kind of disappears in the middle and then shows up for the finish and lingers for a while. Body a little thinner than expected. Big alcohol presence. Just a hint of tartness from the oak barrel. Some dark fruit and roasty malts along with more vanilla and butter. No real coffee presence at all, which is fine with me. FInish is warming and long with plenty of lingering dark roasted malts. Slight lingering tartness also. A very good imperial stout. Could use a little more body to offset the big alcohol presence and make it less noticable. Thanks to robertsrealty for this gem.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
35,5 cl bottle. Black colour with a small head. Aroma of sourness, yearth, oak, chocolate and some roastedness too. Full body. Nice flavour of oak, roastedness, chocolate and some vanilla. Ends up very nice endeed.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 Bottle courtesy of DavidP. Appears and tastes a little watered-down. Intense sour oak notes w/ light bourbon, chocolate, and alcohol notes. Less sour character and more alcohol burn, chocolate, and overall flavor needed. This is a top 25 imp. stout????
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. pours a dark brown with no head. nose is striking with hints of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bits and pieces of alcohol. after first sips, flavor is much smoother andbody is lighter than i expected. more hints of roasted coffee and malts with a clean bite of smooth alcohol (bourbon, i guess). Nice flavors overall, but i feel like this one is lacking something extra to push it over the edge. A good beer none the less.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark amber-brown color that is approaching black, but not as close as one would expect from a typical Imperial Stout. The head is frothy, light brown color that quickly disappears from an initial one and a half finger thick head. The aroma is nice with notes of buttery oak and vanillin. The buttery note almost makes the aroma seem creamy in some way. The aroma is also a bit hot, with notes of higher alcohols, a bit of astringent oak and something like that bourbon form the barrel. There is also something here that seems a bit like musty scrambled eggs.
The beer is light up front, with a bit of richness that starts to come into play in the middle of the beer. The oak is definitely here, though not so much that it is too distracting. Buttery oak leads to a light tannic oak note that has a nice light, lingeringly astringent note that is a mix of bourbon and the barrel. This beer has a nice roast character to it that is noticeable, though perhaps not as much as I would like. Notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and chalky roast grain are noticeable underneath the oak character.
This is actually much better tasting than I would expect from this mix of flavors. The oak is just light enough that it is pleasant and not too intruding. All of the notes in this beer are on an incredibly subtle level, if only for an Imperial Stout. I think that it is the subtlety of this beer that makes it work. The flavors meld quite well, with none being so dominating as to drown out the other flavors or be objectionable in and of themselves.
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - MAR 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to 1faststi...this beer is pretty damn good. Pours dark brown with some purple/amber hints...a bit of mocha head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla oak and whiskey, roasted malt, and a tad bit of dark plum sweetness. Flavor had a great balance between the coffee, dark fruit sweetness, and the alcohol taste from the bourbon barrel. Mouthfeel was about the only complaint...fairly moderately bodied for what could have be a rich creamy delight...kind of a let down. Still the flavor and aroma of this beer renew my faith in bourbon barrel aging.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown beer with a small tan head. Roasted malty aroma with a vanilla and chocolate sweetness, notes of wood and hints of alcohol and fruit. very complex flavor of roasted malts, chocolate sweetness, hints of wood and a light whisky note. Full body, sweet chocolate finish.