JAXSON (605) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a thick, dep brown/black, with a nice mocha head. Roasty aroma heavy on mal with some potentially cloying qualities. Bitter chocolate shavings and roasted coffee. Flavor is rich and heavy, quite good. Smooth, creamy bitter chocolate and a bitter finish heavy on roasted coffee beans. Finish is hot with a touch of harsh bourbon, which is this beer’s weakest trait. No my favorite style but a fine example. Thanks Malcolm! rcasta (864) - EL SALVADOR - JAN 10, 2009
no entiendo como les dan este tipo de puntajes a estas birrias, definitivamente ratebeer no sabe que putas esta haciendo ni sus miembros joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
pitch black, little carbonation with mild head. thick mouthfeel. huge nose of bourbon sweetness. great complexity to the flavor with initial bourbon kick followed by very subtle chocolate notes falling into vanilla. tremendous beer thewolf (12599) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle. Brought home from Systembolaget in Malmö. Thanks Peter. 2008 Vintage on 9. january 2009. Pours utterly black. A disappointing, fizzy, dark, coca-cola fizzy head. Disappears quickly. Extremely powerful aroma. Lots of bourbon (naturally), oak, chocolate, raisins, some slight coffee, good toffee and roasted malts. Quite vinious as well. Low carbonation, fat and oily, wonderful mouthfeel. Just a bit of a fizz at the end. Flavour is stunningly complex. Begins vinious, with hard roasted malts. Then turns nutty and sweet with almond notes. Then coffee and lots of bourbon take over with a woody edge. At the far end, there is a long, lingering, warming, vinious aftertaste with dried fruits, coffee, cocoa and raisins. Really quite wonderful because of its many layers. And impressive that it is only warming and not burning with 13 %. RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle thanks to HogTownHarry. Pitch black pour with a small tan head. Tons of chocolate on the nose accompanied by coffee and a small amount of roast malt. Taste is very sweet: chocolate, blackstrap molasses, coffee and marzipan.
This was a bonus bottle that Harry was kind enough to present to me. Thanks for a wonderful beer! Absolutely beautiful.
Only thing is that you can’t drink too much of it unless you have a big sweet tooth.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Extremely expensive 4 pack of bottles. Pours very black but with red highlights to it, smells strongly of bourbon and dark chocolate. The flavor has some very nice chocolate and coffee notes to it and the mouthfeel is pretty creamy, but honestly this beer is far too "hot" for me at this stage. I set the other three bottles to cellar and very much look forward to drinking and re-rating probably around christmas of 09. sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
bottle. pours a viscous black with minimal head. Aroma is dominated by bourbon and chocolate. Insanely smooth mouth feel. Strong flavor of roasted chocolate, warm coffee, and sweet bourbon. This is one very full beer and a hell of a sipper. All around a killer BA stout. Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pretty awesome. This must be the darkest beer I’ve ever poured. This beer takes extreme beers to a much higher level. An amazing strength of flavors. Considerable amount of alcohol warmth. hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Ive had this a couple times and this is a great bourbon stout.Bourbon presence and chocolate vanilla and some oak as well.Smooth but does pack some alcohol puch. If you are a big stout fan like myself this is a must try for you.. elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 Bottle, $5.99. This was my treat on vacation in Ojai. Appears jet black, thick, and with little head. Aroma features rich oak, grape jelly, Muscat, and an overriding fruit-candy sweetness. Palate is full-bodied and creamy, finishing long long long! Primary flavor notes maintain dark fruit, bourbon, and licorice. Certainly not your everyday Impy Stout experience! Overall, this is a real after dinner sipper. It is extraordinarily powerful, in both flavor and alcohol. I find myself done after 8 ounces. 3.6.
Update 1/1/09: 2008 bottle: lotta bourbon, sweet dark candied fruit, charred wood. Palate remains distinctive: thick, syrupy, tastefully carbonated, long finish. Flavor has black cherry, dark raspberry chocolate truffle, bourbon. This is actually delicious, which was not my thoughts last year trying this fresh. Flavors have mellowed, more chocolate has emerged, boozy finish has turned pleasant and complementary. 3.9.