pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap at Capone’s. Intriguing brew. Pours dark black with small head. Comes across as a little bit spicy. Flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon blended went well with bourbon barrel. A nice tasty brew. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Had the pleasure of tasting this one the day of the release after I grabbed my ticket.
Was poured into a nice CC snifter glass.
Dark as can be with a slight very dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and some sort of spice. This bourbon version really hits you in the face with the bourbon smell! The first taste is a mouthfull of bourbon but then slowly goes back to normal versions flavor profile. The taste is the usual IS bittersweet chocolate and coffee but then proceed with a spice taste. Also has a nice hop profile to it.
Medium heavy mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation.
The BA version is extremely tasty but a tad too "bourbony" IMO.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Thanks once again, to ArthurPendragon for the flip-top bottle poured from the tap at CCB. Split several ways with friends into tasting glasses.
A - Pours back, motor oil viscosity, some brown hue sticks to the sides of the glass. Mocha-colored head that disipitates down to a few bubbles here and there. Very sticky...chocolate syrup on steroids.
S - Lots of oak/barrel notes, possible a little over-barreled, but not terrible by any means. I get the base beer, chilies, bourbon, oak. I think the oak and bourbon over-power the base beer for the worse, but I’m a huge fan of the regular stuff.
T - Oak, bourbon, burnt sugars, chilies, chocolate. All very well done but I think I would like less oak and bourbon and more of the base beer to shine here. A little too much oak/barrel, like I said earlier. A nice sweet finish with a touch of bourbon.
M - Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth, creamy finish.
D - Very very good but the Laird’s Brandy version and the regular Hunahpu’s are better, IMO. Glad I got the chance to try this one and I look forward to giving another review when I get the chance to try it again. Great job, CCB. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2010
32oz mini growler. The bourbon aging seems to have simplified this one. Aroma of roasted marshmallow, dried pepper, vanilla, dark chocolate, wet wood. Maybe a touch of ashy smoke. Other than the peppers, pretty standard BA Impy aroma. Fusel alcohol comes out as the beer warms. Pours exactly as the regular Hunahpu... Oily, impenetrable black with a sustained, frothy rich, dark khaki head. Flavor seems a bit thinned out as compared to the non BA. The bourbon presence on the palate is way bigger than on the nose. Tons of wet wood tannin, lots of fusel alcohol. Charred malt. Intense pepper hotness. Boozy, artificial vanilla extract. Blech... Greasy, oily flabby body with a harsh tannic, hot and abrasive finish. A massive step down from the non BA version. Thanks Jonathan! pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Handbottle from Shawn. Huge thanks for inviting me over to try... Pours a deep thick jet black pour with a very thin dark tan head. Really nice legs like a port... Hugely bourbon nose overrunning almost a little char on the backend... Flavors are semi-sweet that curtails quickly with char. Heat on the backend which may be attributed to the anchos. Bourbon plays a pretty prominent role. Medium to full bodies with light carbonation. Pretty damn good but enjoyed the ten fidy more.
travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2010
The look is dark, brown to black in color, decently nice tan head that coats well. The smell is bourbon, malts, coffee, slight chocolate, slight sweetness, wood, and coconut. The taste is chocolate, malts, wood, alcohol, bourbon, coconut, and awesome. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is black as night with a substantial mocha colored head.
S: What should I expect from a bourbon barrel chili imperial stout--chilies, chocolate, and vanilla. And that’s exactly what I got. I really nice spiciness goes well with the vanilla and chocolate notes along with just a touch of bourbon.
T: The spiciness is a bit more pronounced than I would have expected and it really has staying power. The bourbon flavor is somewhat minimal, but the oak and vanilla from the barrel is nice. The chocolate and roasted flavors help to keep everything together.
M: A medium body on this one with a bit of a low, rolling carbonation and a lingering spice.
D: You certainly have to like the chili flavor to enjoy this beer. I found it to be nice in a small dose, but I don’t know how much of this I could drink at once. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Draft. Black pour with some brown head. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, pepper, and hints of different spices. This beer smoothed out a bit with the barreling and is outstanding without it. Heard there were some problems with the recent batch... GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2010
Pours black as night with a big thick mocha head that recedes leisurely to a hefty collar and swirl of mocha cream in the middle. The head perks up with every swirl and leaves sticky bubbles sliding down the sides. I’ve seen very few beers that look this good.
The aroma has all kinds of things going on, starting with a sweet vanilla and bourbon whiff initially. It’s joined by the underlying bakers chocolate and heavily roasted malts. The pepper is present, though I think it’s a tad less prevalent than in the non-BA version.
The taste is one of the most complex I’ve ever encountered, just an explosion of different flavors. This is a bourbon shock up front but mellowed with some wood and the vanilla sweetness. The backbone is black malts and dark chocolate, with a roasted character throughout. The finish is wonderful and interesting with the pepper really coming out and does battle with the bourbon for who will linger longer.
The body is insanely creamy and full bodied but the light bubbly carbonation keeps it from sitting too heavily on the palate.
This is a stunning beer. The base beer is complex enough, but I think the bourbon barrel is used perfectly here as it doesn’t dominate the flavor. I’m always amazed when brewers can put so many things into a beer and still have it come together so seamlessly. World class. Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
On draft at R n H. Pours a pitch black colour with a thin, barely present beige head. Nice aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and cocoa. Flavour of bourbon vanilla, cocoa, peppers, and cinnamon.