JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle shared at London tasting, October 2016. Black beer, charred wood, ashes. Bourbon character is moderate in the aroma and the flavor, but I do not think it helps the beer and it probably would have been better without it. Good palate anyway. Some vanila, and oak dryness. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2016
22oz unlabeled bottle acquired in a trade a few years back. Side x Side (regular version & BA version). Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Woody, roast, chocolate, some lighter vanilla, and lighter bourbon. A tad better than the regular version and held up OK. Theydon_Bois (21429) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle split at Islo tasting, thanks to Kenny, 04/10/16.
Light black with a moderate tan head.
Nose is sweet malts, treacle toffe, candied orange peel, faint hop notes, fruit cake.
Taste comprises light oxidised strokes, chocolate, spoce, toffee, chaarr, sweet malts, very subtle barrel tones.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent enough for the age but I think the barrel affect and flavours in general are well on the wain! The_Osprey (9670) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2016
October 2016 - Bottle shared by Kenny at CBC Islington – thanks! This beer is labelled in code so only a chosen few can decipher its true meaning. But I have it on good authority that it’s called "Michigan Russian Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged", 2009 vintage. Opaque black, dense liquid with no real head. Aroma is syrupy and rich. Lots of dark chocolate, molasses, syrupy coffee. Body is smooth with low carbonation. Taste follows aroma closely – syrupy coffee, chocolate syrup, molasses. Rich stuff. (3.8) Scopey (16227) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2016
2009 Bottle, big thanks to Kenny. It pours darkest brown with a small tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, rocky road, banana bread and some booze. The taste is smooth, rich, unctuous, boozy, wood, earth, varnish, quite oily, leather, charred notes and some vanilla with a very dry finish. Full body and low carbonation. Carbonation lets this one down a bit. Decent anyhow.
madmitch76 (26368) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2016
4th October 2016mR_fr0g (13978) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Craft Islington Gathering. Opaque dark brown beer, a few pale tan bubbles. Smooth palate, semi dry, almost no carbonation. Decent dark chocolate and spicy licorice from the dark malts. Fruity bourbon. Bitterish dry finish. Licorice linger. Nice flavours from the old Impy but unfortunately the carbonation has gone.
Bottle shared at the CBC Islington for the jk tasting. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. A viscous sticky dark brown coloured pour with no head. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, woody, cherry bakewell, . Flavour is composed of sweet woody, vanilla Brown sugars, cherry bakewell. Palate is medium sweet sticky moderate carbonation. . Lovely. Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2016
Bottle shared at the JK Tasting - Craft Beer Co., Islington. Many thanks to Kenny for this geriatric bottle. Pours black-brown with a bubbly, tan head. The nose has good roast, charred wood, chocolate. Medium sweet flavour, fairly dry, with more scorched wood, earth. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with more ashy notes, light vanilla, alcohol, woody dryness, cocoa. Great stuff overall. Has aged well. teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 5, 2016
75cl bottle shared at JK tasting, London. Many thanks to Ken for this one. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet bourbons with notes of vanilla, milk shake, chocolate, toffee. Taste is also sweet and lightly boozy with notes of chocolate, coffee beans, toffee. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, big taster alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Draft at MBGSF ’10 from backlog notes . Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses with a hint of coffee, some earthy bitterness to the finish, good body to this. Solid imperial stout that blended the bourbon nicely.