Strykzone (7556) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Sampled at Side Project opening. Black. No head. This is a sour stout. Creamy and oaky,but not really vanilla. Char. Whiskey is not big. Tasty but not afavorite. madmitch76 (25286) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
6th June 2013MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Martin T tasting. Opaque black - brown beer, big tan head. Light palate softish and a little airy. Mild carbonation. Mellow dark malt. Touch of dark chocolate. Very light bourbon and a whisper of wood. Semi dry finish. Very light tasting BA Impy.
My Bottom Line:maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Raisins and roasted malts envelop grassy hops in this hot, unrefined Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the darkness.
-Anise-y angles are found in the aroma.
-Alcohol is prominent throughout.
-The finish needs some tightening. Might this can be too young?
-Caramel flavours also abound, mostly in residual sugar form.
Can. Pours a near black color with a smallish tan head on it. Nose will smack you in the face with some bourbon; you can get a little roasting coming off this, but he bourbon overly dominates the drink. Taste is much the same, being very boozy and filled with bourbon, with just a hint of roasting. OK if you like bourbon, but not great overall. jackl (8286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Can shared @ Craft. The pour’s deep brown with a medium tan head. The nose is toasted brown bread. Chocolate. Dirt. The taste is more toast, a bit of chocolate. Roasted grain. Not much bourbon presence. Medium body, full carbonation for the style. Overall, OK.
Theydon_Bois (20437) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2013
Can at the Martin T tasting, CBC, 06/06/13 big thanks to Nathan the Brigadier for this share. Can badged as the aliased version ’Bourbons’ barrel stout.
Mid black with a thin tan head.
Nose is light roast, dark fruits, mineral notes, light chocolate.
Taste comprises woody notes, dark fruit, touch of bourbon, chocolate, light roast.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry roasty finish.
Ok impy but lacks a little depth to be a great. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2013
16 ounce can
cbfobes (2885) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
I am a bit surprised that this is an imperial stout and not just an amped up coffee stout. It hardly belongs in the same ballpark as the heavy chewy releases that come to mind when I think of this style. Still, for the brewery this is what I have come to expect. A subpar offering is not worth purchasing more than a single can (if that).
Aroma / Appearance - The rich head surges for a while before it falls down like the foam that cleanses a scummy bathtub. Underneath the fluid black base sits idly and a bit lightly. Vanilla, black olives, dark coffee, and bittersweet chocolate mix good and bad. This is so-so at best.
Flavor / Palate - Peanut butter, vanilla, dark bittersweet malted chocolate, and light malts are robust for a standard stout but hardly the heady stuff of the big boys. The gentle finish leaves a calling card. It isn’t much though. In the end this is an example of a brewery that has plenty of room for improvement.
16oz can sent by Brigadier a little while back, thanks! Pours black with a thick light brown head and a little lacing in it, aroma is pretty sweet with a nice amount of chocolate with some of the bourbon coming through too, the flavor has a good amount of the bourbon on the front end with a sweet finish, a little bit of the oak comes through too, not bad at all. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Can courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is ink black with a tan head, short retention/little lace. Aroma is of vanilla, chocolate, almond, pecan, roast. Taste is roasty, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood. Palate is soft, creamy, rich finish. A bit muddled but still good. GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
16oz can thanks tastybeer via Brigadier. Inky black pour, opaque, fizzing out reddish foam. Weak retention. Nose is heavy almond, praline, hazelnut, some volatile chemical flavors, butter, alcohol. Taste is sharp char, roasted, some paper, dense melted dark chocolate, more praline and hazelnut. Very good for ba stout in a can ;) Low points are volatile aromas and some paper on the palate. High point is the hazelnut / praline character. Lots of potential here.