ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2005 Rerate, aged 4 months: 22oz Bomber: Pours with not much head, aromas here include dark fruits (dates & raisins), port, and some mustiness; the flavor is heavy with burnt toast and charcoal, and includes some espresso and cola mixed in; ample piney hopping and dryish finish; the palate is acidic and slightly astringent, with moderate body for an impy; bitterness comes from highly roasted malts; aging really helps this. I’ll try my next one in another few months. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2005
Bottle Black coffee, brown edges, large foamy beige head, enjoyable lacing. Burnt malts, subtle chocolate - bittersweet, with a hint of alcohol. Plum/fig/date like start, followed by heavily roasted malts and a dash of cocoa and apple skin. Decent body, but the mouthfeel seems less than mediocre. Picks up coffee at the finish. Decent, just not thick enough. Thanks Brian M! beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Tasted on Tap at 2005 OBF. Dark black color. Small sized tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla. A medium bodied Russian Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee and roasty malts. Slightly bitter hops. Nice roasty flavors. Little milder than expected for a RIS. Good drinking stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF ’05. Black body, light tan head. Chocolate-malt aroma with substantial hop undertones. Chewy dark malt flavor with anise and latte coffee. Roasty dark fruity finish. A pretty good I.S. that would have been unique 3 years ago. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Pours thick and quiet with little head. Sweet fruit and bubblegum with some banana, cocoa and tar. Super slick on the palate finishing with a long bitterness. Chocolate banana flavor with some roasted grain astringency. Distinct flavor combo.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
Tasted said-by-side against the BA version, sampled in a snifter:arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
Poured a deep black hue with a small tight head which faded but left good but spotty lacing.
The aroma has notes of heavy charred and chocolate malting, light espresso, moderate piney and grassy hops, and dusty yeast esters.
The taste is starts with a nice roasted overtone with the mocha and coffee tone shining though. I get more hop bitterness in this non-aged version which makes it a lot more drinkable and not over sweet. Finishes with just a touch of plum and prune flavors. I honestly like the flavor profile of the regular version more than the BA version.
The mouth feel of this beer is thinner and not as developed as the BA version, seems watery in comparsion. A bit asrengtent as well in the end.
Honestly this is very average when it comes to impy stouts, to weak in aroma and body to reach the levels of greatness. still should you get the chance to taste side-by-side like I did, then go for it.
Bomber into tulip glass, The Friday imperial stout tasting, summer 2005. The first beer of the night. Smell was earthy, like dirty roastiness, with some caramel mustiness. Tasted thin and acrid, somewhat green, with earthy tobacco notes before dry baking chocolate, fading into a slight alcohol sting and dryness on the finish. unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
22oz bottle. Opaque black, thin tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt. Flavor has a bit of chocolate and some dried fruit. One of the better beers I’ve had from Full Sail. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle - Wow, this is really dark, no light esacping here with a small tan head. You can really pick up a lot of heat from the alcohol here, coffeecake sweetness mixed with some choclate and vanilla icing. This is really not bad, but lacks balance and body. Looking forward to the bourbon barrel version. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle, from Vintage Sellers in Great Falls , MT. Poured thick and black into my Maudite glass, 1.5-finger dark tan head, spotty lacing, pretty average looking for a Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Nose is big, sweet bourbon, loads of vanilla and bourbon notes, lots of "chocolate shake" notes, a bit boozy, more complex than I was really expecting. Shades of Bourbon County or Ivan the Terrible in the nose. Flavours are a bit disappointing - Stout shows plenty of dark fruit and decent roast, though a bit thin. The Bourbon notes are pretty fantastic, again - Full Sail clearly spent good money on quality Bourbon casks, and I’m sure the stout underneath is just fine, it just isn’t quite big enough to handle the big bourbon notes. A solid effort from Full Sail.