KyotoLefty (10688) - 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 (2911) - 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 (16) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Drink this beer with a chunk of 72-80% dark chocolate. You will not be disappointed.
Martinus (4701) - 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.
Bacterial (3051) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2012
(From 65cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Reserve series 003. Courtesy of beerdrifter. Thanks Jeff!)
Smoky, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Nose is a bit sweet and bourbon. Pours dark, not too thick, with tan head. I would drink this all the time if I could!! wheresyourball (575) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 22oz bottle, shared with my wife. What more can be said about this, that hasn’t already been said? Nice aromas and flavors of bourbon, chocolate and oak. A bit hot, probably since we drank a 12. Awesome beer.
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11/VIII/2012 bomber bottle @ RBBSG - BB: n/a (2012-916) Thanks to Jeff (Beerdrifter) for sharing the bottle!Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Clear very dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: mocha, caramel, dark chocolate, bit alcoholic, sweet sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: quite sugary, sweet malts, honey, very noticeable hop touch, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Aftertaste: sweet caramel, bitter hops, cocoa powder, lots of dark chocolate, some alcohol.
Aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, and wood. Pours black and viscous with brown head. Taste is caramel, coffee, vanilla, toffee and oak. Delicious.