dumacub (18) - dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2009
This was recommended to me because of my love of stouts. It looked great to the pour, although not much of a head. Sweet tones with coffee and alcohol permeate. From start to finish overpowered by a licorice and alcohol. small hints of coffee and chocolate are completely overpowered by the pungent licorice flavor. dissapointed from start to finish. If you love licorice maybe a different experience. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2011 The full vertical thanks to ygtbsm94! Thanks Brad! 2003, 2005 (2004 was not bottled), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.Defreni (3153) - Husum, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2009
2003: rich barleywine notes, thick toffee, raisins
2005: very sweet, oxidized notes, still hot and boozy somehow
2006: thin bodied, lots of vanilla, raisins, dark fruits
2007: sherry, peaty, light-bodied comparatively, pretty spicy
2008: hot, lots of dark chocolate, spicy
2009: boozy, raisins, tobacco very sweet.
Overall this beer always pours the same- relatively flat with no retention and lace. And more often than not this impy is so hot! I mean really insane and a little over the top. Not my style. We took the best batches (03, 06, 07) and blended them to create something that was truly outstanding. Unfortunately, this is a very special occurrence and few will be able to try that blend unless they release BCS Grand Cru at some point.
22oz 2009 aged for a little bit. Holy $&@$ this is unf***ing real. Still pours an inky black with a small temporary head and no lace. Little boozy almost vodka aroma, that eventually moves to bourbon and coconut. Huge maple syrup in the body, lots of toasted coconut, perfectly balance between sweet caramel and coconut with spicy bitterness. Unreal slick, oily, perfect soft palate. No booziness, no warming alcohol. Has more maple than Canadian Breakfast Stout. Really one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Unbelievable. 8/17/2010 8/4/9/5/17=4.3
355mL 2008 ed. Consumed with 3+ years of age. Pours with a thick, red head unlike other BCS batches. Small lace. Nose is spectacular: superlative chocolate ganache, walnuts, amaretto, butter pecan, loads of cinnamon, fatty flank steak, banana bread, savory mild soy sauce. Taste is wildly rich and silky with the superlative imperial stout palate: ultra silk, butter reduction, thick and full. In the body, hot chili peppers linger in the finish with mild warming alcohol like a good bourbon or Scotch. Tastes like someone took a really good imperial stout and put it in a red wine reduction to up the intensity and body. Feels like this was made without strike water...as if Bells Expedition was a watered down version of this. Insanely good. 7/11/2011 9/4/9/5/18=4.5
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Flaske. Årgang 2008 Kulsort øl med et minimalt skum. Kraftig sødlig duft af bourbon og marcipan. Ekstem sød, og meget bourbon præget i smagen, men på en yderst delikat måde. Virkelig en fantastisk velkomplimenterende fadlagring. En treat udover de sædvanlige og lige i skabet. En tand sød, så man skal have en sød tand. IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Black. Flat. Very sweet. Alcohol is unpleasantly prominent. All the flavors associated with impy stouts are present and accounted for, but buried by booze and sugar. Wouldn’t want to drink it again. ekstedt (6708) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2015 Bottle (35 cl) from Systembolaget. Black with a smal fizzy brown head. Strong whiskey aroma with milk chocolate, alcohol, and some tar. Full bodied with quite smooth carbonation. Well balanced, but too alcoholic and too much whiskey.
nickd717 (4645) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. S*** m*****f*****s this s*** is f***ing good. If stupid annoyances like my job and reality didn’t get in the way, I would probably sit by the fire every night in my robe drinking this beer, smoking a fine Cuban, and watching the great comedic masterpieces of legendary actor Adam Sandler.
In reality, at least I can drink this excellent stout every now and then. Pours black with a small brown head. Incredible aroma of coffee, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, and sweet malt. Flavor is malty with molasses, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and of course a strong bourbon finish. Thick and oily as hell. One of the best there is, plain and simple. gnoff (10226) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 First ratingwyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2009
355 ml bottle thanks to ekstedt! On February 2, 2009. Bottled 08/01/08. Labelled 11% ABV
Pitch black color, dark brown small head. Alcohol and vanilla scent with some chocolate and also vinous. Vanilla, roasted, coffee, alcohol, chocolate taste. Dry coffee aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth almost thick mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
12 fl oz bottle thanks to Honka (non ratebeer) on November 27, 2011
Bottled 08/01/08, labeled 13%
Black color, dark brown head. Chocolate, roasted, coconut, alcohol scent. Boozy, chocolate, roasted taste. Fudge and chocolate aftertaste. Loads of warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
Two bottles against each other, 2008 at 13% and 2012 at 15%. Both bottles thanks to Johan K (not on ratebeer), sampled on May 18, 2013.
Black color, small dark brwon head. Sweet, raisin, alcohol scent. Sweet, malty, chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Very dark reddish brown to black color, brown head. Sweet, alcohol, lactic scent. Tull, rich, sweet, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Bottle, Rainhall Drinks, Barnoldswick. Probably the strongest beer I’ve tasted thus far; opened for the superbowl. Looked almost like tar as it poured....black like the steelers helmets., with a fading tan head. Aroma was bourbon, glace cherry, booze. Big vanilla notes in the flavour which is complex and inextricably permeated by a heavy woody bourbon presence. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Roasted malts and some dark fruit try to jostle for position in there. Warming, and a great late night sipper to linger over.
Quality stuff. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
2006. Bottled 7/3/06. Dark dark brown with a light tan carbonation but no lasting head. A bit thin, smoky aroma, some roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is again thin bodied, charred oak, more choclate and vanilla, finish of lightly bitter roasted malt. piscator34 (2515) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottled 2008 vintage via and shared with oakbluff. Black in colour with low carbonation. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. Loads of bourbon character upfront, with strong pale and roasted malt character lurking. An interesting finish with both vanilla caramel and drying wood notes competing for attention. Very heavy bodied. A bit too over the top for my taste... just too much bourbon!