arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Let me start off with one word. WOW. This is an amazing beer. It pours a rich black color with a small off-white head. The aroma is amazing. Whisky, malts, burnt chocolate, and tobacco. The taste is heaven. It’s so good. It’s not overly boozy or bitter. A perfectly balanced IRS if there ever was one. I’m a huge fan of this brewery. Jayeblue24 (1) - - SEP 18, 2012 does not count
The aroma is a bit boozy but the taste changes as you go along. I like the after taste its complex....chocolatly, roasty, malty, figs n dark fruit. for an aroma and the abv I would expect it to be a little thicker. The taste and the aroma make up for the apperance. I like this beer alot. Probably my 3rd favorite behind Cigar City’s Marshal Zhukov & 3 Floyds’ Dark Lord:) jake65 (3979) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a finger of tan head. Aroma is mostly the bourbon barrel with light bittersweetness and some roast. Flavor is cocoa, roast, bittersweet, florals, and bourbon barrel. Credit is due here to the overall amount and balance of the barrel aging. Enough of the barrel aging is present, yet not overwhelming on the beer itself. TimE (6000) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2012
pitch black color, dark brown color. Dark chocolate, huge bourbon notes, carameltreacles. Uber smooth, rich full body, but never cloying or too sweet. Snoke hitting the back of the throat. Warming, rounded, bourbon smokey finish. Very full body, great depth. Really lovely. KyotoLefty (10533) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle shared by Jonno. Big bourbon barrel nose, vanilla, a bit of coffee, chocolate. Nice. Flavors of vanilla, chocolate, coca-cola, raisins, raspberries, lightly smoky and woody. Very smooth, a bit rough bitterness in the finish. Balanced and elegant use of bourbon barrel—i.e. not overdone.
jonno (2852) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2012
At first I struggled with this on the nose, however as it warmed a huge JD bourbon nose hit me. Lots of Spent coffee grains and some rich, dark chocolate on the nose too. Sweet, but never cloying the bourbon is front and center here - but doesn’t envelop the underlying beer. Chcolate brownies, a touch of smokey wood and even some raspberry in there. Finishes with some wood, smoke and dank hops. Hides 12.5% incredibly well. Really enjoyed this. There are better Impys around, but this is still a great example of the style. thehoplocal (11) - Sykesville, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Served in a tulip from a bottle. Pours jet black with a medium tan head that disapates completely.
Light aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.
Taste of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, charred oak, and dark fruit. 2012 was aged in bourbon, wine, and used FW beer barrels. The fruit flavors are likely imparted from the wine barrels. Simply delicious.
Mouthfeel is soft and a little oily. Leaves a lasting finish that is wonderful.
Don’t think FW could make a bad beer if they tried. Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Black with small tan head. Sweet aroma with dark fruits. Taste is sweet and malty, bit of dark fruit, some bourbon. Body is smooth and good. Nice beer. BeerOnTheWall (15) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Drink this beer with a chunk of 72-80% dark chocolate. You will not be disappointed. Martinus (4686) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2012
Jet black colour, no head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, mocca, caramel and bourbon. Rather sweet flavour, coffee and milk, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla and wood. Finish quite alcoholic, coffee, milk chocolate and bitter hops.
(From 65cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Reserve series 003. Courtesy of beerdrifter. Thanks Jeff!)