puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil. Huge whiskey aroma. Balanced, lovely, bourbony taste. Hot. That this is such a strong underlying beer really helps tame the massive whiskey, which adds a ton of oakiness and vanilla but also a lot of heat. This beer is very well done. dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Tap @ Max’s. IT was friggin good. Dark brown, big tan head, whiskey, vanilla, toffee, chocolate,.... a little bit of everything. Awesome . hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Tap @ Max’s in B’more. This stuff is hardcore!! It’s almost intimidating just to look at.....I have never seen a head with this color before....righteous!....It’s like a chocolatey-tan abyss. This stuff is whiskey-hot and damn good!! I have not had the regular version, I fear that I’m spoiled now. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Tap, Max’s American Craft Beer Festival. Pours a pitch black core, cocoa-colored head with fine-bubbled lacing, coating the interior of the glass. Pleasant, dried fruit and chewy toffee aroma; slightest hint of vanilla, roasted malts; little whiskey to speak of. Perfect, velvety mouthfeel: dense toffee and caramel and dried dark fruits; light effects from the whiskey aging; layers upon layers of milk chocolate as well, almost reminiscent of chocolate milk, with a hint of toasty vanilla-tinged bourbon. Lengthy, milk chocolate and toasty vanilla finish; light sour-mash character. After rating this beer, I proceeded to drink way too much of it and forget the greater half of a fine evening. egajdzis (6777) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
[Draft @ Max’s] Poured an opaque black color with a small, dark tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, light whiskey, roast, and chocolate malts. Taste of roast, smoke, toffee, nuts, more chocolate malts, some dried fruits, bourbon, light vanilla, and some alcohol in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2007
aroma: dark chocolate and cocoa smokiness 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2007
flavor: dark fruits, dark cocoa powder, smoky coffee, followed by slight smooth butterscotch vanilla flavors
palate: smooth with a sharp dark chocolate bite, nice vanilla/butterscotch/whisky aftertaste.
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Many glasses had at Max’s festival... holy crap this stuff is good. Has an attractive pitch black colored body and a dark brown thick head. Nose makes very good use of the whiskey barrels, completely compliments the imperial stout and doesn’t distract or overpower. Lively, hoppy, dry and bitter at times, not boozy at all, and extremely rich and creamy on the palate. Has some oak wood dryness in the back, with some moderately sharp whiskey butter flavors, but again they are not too strong or distracting, leaving the beer tasting of rich roast and deep dark chocolate and coffee... Oily and viscous dark brown coating while the glass is swirled, leaving dark brown foam residue all over the glass. Nose may be slightly buttery, but overall it’s light on the whiskey, as it should be. I went into this beer skeptical, but I was certainly impressed. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2007
Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2007. Opaque, dark brown frothy head. Big fruity aroma, cream, maybe bourbon? Taste is a dark chocolate, loads of tasty bitter hops. Balanced bourbon, sweetness. Body is medium mouthfeel, not overly sticky. Just a touch of burnt malt. Fantastic. Ratman197 (15480) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
On tap @ 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured an opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, licorice, carmel, oak and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smoooth. Flavors of whiskey, licorice, carmel, vanilla and dark chocolate with a lingering roasty finish. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2007
Draught @ the Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Pours pitch black like every good Imperial Stout should. Extremely dark head, which rocks. Awesome nose. Complex flavor, extremely malty and satisfying, with big flavors of chocolate, roast and coffee. Hoppy as well, especially on the finish. A fantastic brew. Some drunk guy at the festival told me they are canning this. I hope it is true, because this beer is truly a phenomenal Imperial Stout.