cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle via mystery swap 2.0: This one pours pitch black with a small, dark tan head. Aroma is is of dark fruit, raisin. I notice some chocolate. The alcohol smell is also present. Taste is truly awesome. I do notice an alcoholic burn on the back end, but there is a fantastic chocolate flavor with just a bit of bourbon coming through. This bottle says it was bottled in 05, so it has definitely changed with age from what I remember. If the alcohol had settled just a bit more, this would be fantastic. That said, this beer is still high on my list. thegreenrooster (4441) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2007 Pour is a deep dark black with no head at all. Aroma is a fantastic with a strong bourbon with some wood smoke and vanilla. Flavor just tastes dark. Some chocolate, vanilla and wood again show up, with a big bold alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is very heavy and thick. Only a few sips into this and i can already feel a warming presence. Kinda pricy at $5 for a 12oz but this is a beer that must be tried. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 [Bottle] Pours black with a nearly nonexistent small dark tan head that appears only upon swirling the glass. Aroma is huge of bourbon with the alcohol coming through stronger as it warmed. Towards the end it actually burned my nose to smell it, and that I did not particularly care for. Taste is quite sweet up front, then bourbon and a lot of chocolate that blends in beautifully. A little vanilla and coconut is also in there. Extremely thick mouthfeel, but also very smooth. Probably top 3 as far as thickest I have encountered so far. I really got tired of bourbon barrel aged beers after having many mediocre examples of the style, but this is a testament to how good barrel aging can be.Skyview (6076) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Re-rate: Wow, even better than before. Bourbon isn’t overpowering at all, and chocolate is even more pronounced. Excellent stuff. Old Rating: 8-4-9-5-18=4.4.
Re-Rate: It seems like each time I have this beer I like it even more than the time before. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite imperial stouts. Old Rating: 8/4/9/5/19=4.5
[Bottle, thanks Guerde] Re-Rate: I’m not sure if this bottle was just from a slightly off batch, or if it is just the fact that it is now a few months old, but it is not as good as previous ones. The bourbon is still there in the aroma and taste, but the chocolate has faded quite a bit. The taste is what has dropped off most significantly, with the sweet caramel and alcohol definitely still present, but overshadowed by the malt. Everything seems just a little more dull and less rounded. Still good, but not great anymore.
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a thick, opaque dark brown brew with a thin, creamy tan head that leaves behind a fine film and tan ring. Aroma is complex with a strong vanilla, chocolate, aged oak, bourbon, a touch of coconut, and molasses scents. Taste is full bodied, thick, slick, very little carbonation with flavors of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate malt and vanilla. Finish is high alcohol character, with a lingering bourbon and dark malt flavor. As Minnesota evening continue to get cold, this is one heck of a warming brew. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2007
(bottle) Pours an inky black with just a trace amount of a dark tan head, that soon faded away to nothing. Aroma is very nice with some vanilla, wood, bourbon, and chocolate. Upon warming though the alcohol really dominated on the nose. Flavor was nice chocolate and vanilla with a lingering lightly roasted/wood finish. Softly carbonated with a thick mouthfeel. This is an excellent beer, and I can only imagine it would improve with aging.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 Sampled during Manhattan Blind IS Tasting: So looking back on my notes I really liked this one. Nice and heavenly. Probably what I was waiting for all day. Smooth, rich and delicious. mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 This beer was excelent. It was my first burbon stout and the powerful taste almost knocks you over. the flavor keeps coming minutes after the first sip. KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Very dark brown with small off white head. This was the 2007 batch. Burnt malt and stong bourbon on the nose. The taste was wonderful. Strong sweet bourbon with some vanilla and a woodiness flavor also. Silky smooth body. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2007
2007 – Pitch black, creamy dark tan head. Concentrated warm bourbon and wood aromas flow over deep-rooted charred chocolate coffee, vanilla and caramel notes. Soft toasted coconut tones play out at room temp. Bold bourbon and wood flavors are nicely rounded with further blackened vanilla, chocolate and sweet caramel notes. Nice hop addition late keeps the sweetness somewhat in check. 13% soothes without burn. Full bodied and slick, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. If you like intense, hit this one fresh. A few years of cellar time though can only make it better… milewide (2260) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Wonderful bourbon aroma and flavor---but some sweet/roasted malt in both. Little hop bitterness. A rich, delicious brew!