Dorwart (2581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Nice strong medium brown head of fine bubbles that reduces very slowly leaving a thin sheet of foam over the surface. Very impressive head. Rich bourbon aroma with some butterscotch, vanilla, rich chocolaty malts and some cookie dough. Color is basically black. Body is a bit thinner than expected. Bourbon accents are very mild in the flavor unlike the aroma which smacks you in the face with bourbon. Some more vanilla and dough with mild chocolaty malts. Could use more malts the increase the mouthfeel and body of the brew. Light alcohol presence and warming. Finishes rich and chocolaty with a bit of lingering vanilla. A pretty damn good imperial stout which benefits from the bourbon barrel aging.
DalzAle (2031) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by portableparty! Dark black pour, a little spotty carbonation and a slightly roasty aroma. Flavor is also roasted dark chocolate malt, a nice bourbon balance, some sweet black cherry and boozy and creamy. Nice beer, would buy this locally if priced right at $3ish a bottle.
portableparty (2344) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from watson1977. Pours black brown with a tight foamy khaki head that leaves a wispy film. Aroma is sweet bitter wood and fruit with malt all around. Taste is more noticeable bourbon and wood with soy roasted malt bitter chocolate and faint vanilla. Palate is full and slick with a drying finish.
daknole (11035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Super dark brown pour, chocolate colored head. Aroma is just loaded with chocolate, vanilla, brownies and bourbon. Flavor of bourbon soaked brownies, vanilla, dark brown sugar, pretty damn delicious!
kbutler1 (1379) - North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 12oz. Pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan colored head. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, and bourbon in the nose. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate but not overly so mixed with bourbon flavors. Slightly hot. Overall, this is a prety tasty brew. It’s not overly bourbon flavored and the heat isn’t anything to extreme to be a deterant. Have never heard of this brewery but pretty impressed with this offering.
douglas88 (8996) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Hopdog. Pours a pure black color with a medium brown head. A light chocolate and toasted malt nose, some cocoa and vanilla. The flavor is very good; rich bourbon but not overpowering in anyway, vanilla, roast, light dark fruit, cocoa. A big beer but not too much of anything. Very good.
NikkTwist (3098) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Khyber. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Slight lacing. Milk chocolate. Malted milk. Vanilla bourbon. Nutella. Some charcoal but mostly lighter barrel flavors. Smooth front and middle but a small acidic bite at the end that keeps the palate from getting bogged in sweetness. Not sure the sour note is intentional but it seems to work here by making the brew oddly refreshing (not something one tends to associate with Imperials.) Body reads a bit thin though develops a bit as it warms. Definitely worth a try.
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft with Stegosaurus. Excellent brew.
Notes of bread, wood, roasted and choclate malts. The finish is whiskey, wood and vanilla. Fantastic.
phaleslu (10013) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! A small gold sticker indicates this was the Bourbon Barrel-Aged version. Looks the same as the regular one- dark brown, not quite opaque, little amber hue in there, small tan head. The aroma is better, though- oak and bourbon up front give off some warmth; vanilla, chocolate, marshmallow, and molasses all emerge later. Flavor of molasses, chocolate, coffee, toasted brown sugar, oak, and dried dark fruits. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasty, chocolaty, soft mouthfeel. Big improvement on the regular edition.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Pours black with a big brown relentless head. Tastes strong of chocolate, cherry and vanilla coffee. Very good Mouthfeel and much better than the regular insidious.