TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Now is the time to pop this baby. As the snow continues to fall late into the night here in Carrboro, I have a craving for a certain bourbon made by the amazing folks at pappy van winkle. Since I can’t seem to obtain a bottle of that wonderful elixir, I’ll have to settle for this much anticipated collaborative brew that is aged in PVW barrels. Bottle # 290/694. black pour with a sudsy tan head. Big nose- lots of vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, oak, also some black cherry, char, tobacco. Bourbony chocolately flavor, it’s big and in your face, but not in an overpowering or unappealing way. Very rich and malty, and a littly syrupy and molasses-like on the tongue. I like this and maybe part of it is cause it’s brewed by friends but i also think it’s cuz pappy van winkle has my number. Although not a huge bourbon head, some stuff really warms me in a good way. It’s gonna be a chore finishing this whole bomber before bed though. Hope I don’t regret thus at 630am when I have to wake up. Thanks for picking this baby up for me Ethan. Well done Paul, matt, Ryan, Jamie, steven, and the others that made this brew happen. Cheers! ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2010
2009 Bottle #53/694 - Massive thanks to Toby! - Pours out slightly thick and dk dk brown with a sk tan head...aroma is luscious, vanilla, bourbon oak, milk chocolate and roast...flavour is similar, smooth as hell, cocoa and roasted grain, tannic wood, bourbon...I didn’t think the barrel presence was over the top or too heavy, but rather spot on...for me, this was in the top two of the night for the Imperial Stout Tasting...very tasty! wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Bottle javier opened at paytoplay’s tasting. Wow, it’s a real treat to try this, after seeing what people were asking for it. Black color. Hint of boozy chocolatiness. Some sweetness. Decent amount of bitterness. Pretty good. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Pours impenetrable black. Frothy ring of tan on top. Roasty nose with booze and chocolate as a foundation. Flavors show more refineness than the nose with a nice powdered cocoa character that come across as simple, yet clean with a little roasted notes on the edges. Pretty straight forward yet clean and without any obvious faults. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Bottle from javier he shared today. 572/694. Pours blackish with a brown head. Nose is sweet and malty with some cocoa. Taste is sweet rich, very burnt choco, okay.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Flossmoor Station RB tasting 2010. Bottle # 561. Pours a thick flatter near viscous black, very nice. Sweet rich chocolate and smooth bourbon, lovely, lots of depth, nicely oxidized. Flavor is the same but with pronounced barrel/coconut, this is what I remember Imperial stouts to be. Lightly chalky in the body. Really enjoyed this Sledutah (7524) - Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Sampled at the great Boise tasting 1/16/10 beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Appearance: Poured black with a nice amount of tan head with some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Cocoa, coffee, roasted malts
Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, dark malts and dark fruits
This is a very smooth beer. One of my favorites of the night.
Bottle shared by drewbeerme at Chicago RB gathering. Pour is black with a thin brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, light coconut, and brown sugar. The flavor is enormous. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, and brown sugar. It’s not subtle, but I enjoy the huge flavor of this one. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Appearance: Slips out an inky, deep black body with a creamy-looking, beige head.
Smell: Certainly a malt-forward nose here. Big, assertive notes of well-roasted barley, unsweetened chocolate bars, charred wood barrels with lesser, subtler hints of coconut and vanilla bean. Then, for the hell of it, a bit more roast.
Taste: A roasty start with a soothing taste of melted dark chocolate and creamy blackened barley following closely behind. Moderately sweet. Thin puncturing wisp of smokiness. Vinous dark fruitiness garnished with a pinch of licorice dust. Graceful transition into the smooth bourbon flavor replete with tastes of spicy wood, flaked coconut, and vanilla. Somewhat drying, roasty, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Well, that was fairly enjoyable. A solid, powerful, well-crafted brew that illustrates the majesty, the mystique of bourbon aging. douglas88 (9180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2011 Bottle shared by the crew at the amazing 2010 Imperial Stout tasting in Boise! Pours a deep opaque black with a medium off-white head. A awesome bourbon barrel nose; woody, sweet vanilla and loads of complex imperial stout notes hiding underneath. A huge sweet bourbon flavor, woody, cocoa, vanilla, metallic spicy flavors (could it be hops?), sweet and not over the top. Complex and tasty. Wow. A lot of barrel in there, it is really a barrel aged blend of barrel aged beers? That’s double the barrel. Great. Re-rate: 2010 bottle thanks to Spencer. Rich, massive dark fruit and barrel. A good brew. Very rich.