jbruner (4702) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Pours an opaque black from the bomber with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of big bourbon barrel notes, but the age has made it mild. Taste is big on chocolate, vanilla, and oak, smooth as all hell. Wow, amazing. nickd717 (4648) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle thanks to Sandstone, rated about a year ago before this beer had its own listing.
Pours jet black with a nicely formed small tan head and a little lacing. Looks a bit better than the tap version.
Aroma is really great, with vanilla, whiskey, sweet rich chocolate, and roastiness.
Flavor is also excellent. You have your typical imperial stout flavors - roast, chocolate, and mild coffee - all really intense and in your face, then you’ve got your -bal aged flavors - vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Mild hop bitterness as well that I didn’t get as much of on tap. All this melds really well together, with just some mild tannins to keep it from a perfect 5.
Fairly full and smooth on the palate with low carbonation and just a slight hint of booziness.
Drinkability is pretty good, and overall, this is really a great beer. Get it if you can. I recommend sending me a bottle of Midnight Sun M in exchange for this. Habanero (4642) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2015
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa. dark chocolate, bourbon, soy, vanilla and wood. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with bitter notes and alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Impy. Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2014
Black brown colour, white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, mocha, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. Bitter flavour, coffee, roasted malts. Finish vanilla, bourbon, bitter coffee. Nice!rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
(from 66cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, ThirstyBird!!)
Bouteille partagée par Pat. Merci. vintage 2/2013. Liquide brun foncé, mousse beige. Le nez est un bel amalgame de chocolat, café, tabac et de bourbon (mais pas trop). La bouche est superbe, vanille, du bourbon mais pas trop, du chocolat, du café, peu d’alcool et c’est tant mieux.
callmemickey (4542) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 As part of a Eclipse Vertical (PPW, 09 HH, 10 HH, EC, FR, CB, & EV) [pre-2011 releases]. Review for the 2009 Version:
A: Deep black brown body with just a thin khaki head.
S: Assertive, but refined bourbon notes of vanilla, oak and booze.
T: Like the nose this had assertive, but balance and refined bourbon. As a result you really could explore the bourbon notes that augmented the solid malty base of caramel, roast, and a little chocolate.
M: Nice carbonation provides a little tingle on the tongue when combined with just a smidgen of bourbon heat.
O: A very nice bourbon barrel stout that hangs with all the big boys. It was a toss up for me between this and PPW for best of show. The other tasters put this a clear consensus #2. Blairgus (4537) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
11 oct 2013, bottle. 2011 purple wax edition. Black. Nose is oaky and cherries, alcohol, bitter chocolate. Med body and mildy fizzy. Bitter chocolate, delicious sugary syrup, big alcohol. Awesome.
MrHangover (4443) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle shared @ tasting. Thnx to timfoolery for sending me this! Pours a pitch black beer with a brownish hue around the rims, Small beige head on top. Aroma has nice bourbon characters, smooth caramel and vanilla. Some syrupy things going on. Even some ripe red fruits going on in the background. Flavor is very sweet, well balanced with some touches of vanilla going on again. Cloying mouthfeel. Amazingly well balanced beer. VsXsV (4420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate, licorice and dried fruit. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, licorice and dried fruit. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Fucken grate.. markextrae (4410) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
shared 2012 bomber bottle. poured a dark black colour with a nice mocha head. big bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, oak, bourbon, light on the vanilla notes, some hidden dark fruits in the back. nice full finish. more alcohol notice as it warms up,