JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Unlabeled bottle. Huge woody, peaty, alcoholic nose with notes of vanilla and roasted chestnuts as it warms. Big, powerful alcoholic first sip is much like a whisky shot. Big malts in the middle are sweet and nutty. Some chocolates peek through, more alcohol, with a dry, but vanilla-like finish. Alcohol shivers afterwards. Aged for quite a while (almost a year?) Thanks to BBB63 way back when! belgianhomebrew (645) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Really nutty caramel aroma and body throughout. Finishes slightly sweet with almost a touch of coconut. A very enjoyable and well-balanced brew. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Dark and opaque with a quickly dissapating brown head. The nose is very much that of bourbon, wood, vanilla, and lots of roasted malt. The flavors are just a tiny bit over-whelmed by the alcohol but are still quite nice. Bitter roasted malts, vanilla, and the alcohol. The palate is quite nice, it is full at first but is lightened up a bit by the alcohol, which really gives a bourbonesque feel. A nice beer. Thanks a bunch to Mike aka BBB63! BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Aroma is mostly bourbon with underlying chocolate. Very dark with little head. Flavor is nice with a good touch of alcohol and of course the bourbon. Fairly carbonated. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Black with blackish color and a black tint. Opaque like tar. Not much head, a layer of brown lace on the edges. The aroma is full of alcohol and tons of smoky roasted chocoaltey malts, the bourbon is very apparent, just like the full sail bourbon imperial porter, as such there's some vanilla and scotch notes too. The flavor is very acidic and roasty, almost like instant heartburn feeling while it's going down (I don't ever get heartburn). The finish burns but is balanced. Another good bourbon imperial, this is simply dreadful! Thanks Mike!
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Black. Like a starless night.. wait, ok, so it's black, no head really, and some lacing. Roast, coffee, some bourbon and just a hint of chocolate. Bourbon is there in the lead. Chocolate comes out a lot more in the flavors, followed by dark cherries, vanilla, and floral hops. Just a little bit smoky. Thick oily body, a huge malty body, and a finish of bourbon touched hops and alcohol. Nice. egajdzis (6776) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Opaque black with tan bubbles around the edges. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some bourbon. Chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon taste. Not a bad bourbon aged Imperial, but not exactly one that rocked my world. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Bottle. Dark black color with a thick pour and minimal to no head. The bourbon aroma is strong with vanilla, raisins, smoke, and rich sweet malts. A thick syrupy-like body with a dark fruit, rich malt, and warming alcohol finish. Thanks to lowerdsixth for the trade. aracauna (3692) - Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Nice oily pour, with not a lot of carbonation or head. There’s a dominant whiskey aroma, nice vanilla. The flavor is a bit like chocolate milk with a shot of whiskey in it. It’s a bit lighter than I’d like it, though. Too much bourbon really. skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Time heals. Tasting this again gives me a profound respect for making something that is different. The oak and vanilla are predominant on the front,while the smoothness of the malt overdose is appreciated. The lingering mouthfeel is divine. I must’ve been drinking from the bottom of the barrel on a prior tasting.
2 oz at Southeastern Gathering. The aroma hinted at something that would be strong. Very bold smoked flavor. There is almost a buttery quality that threw me off, and I couldn’t get over it. The bite was a little overwhelming as well.