can8ianben (1611) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Easily my favorite Otto’s offering so far. Rich and bold with complex characteristics in the aroma, flavor, and finish. Surprisingly drinkable for a beer this bold and rich. Lovely stuff. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - MAY 17, 2014
12 oz On-tap in a tulip shaped glass
My first review although a long time experimenter/taster.
Appearance- a nice brown deep brown color. The beer clung to the side of the glass while swirled.
Smell- delicious Bourbon barrel aged aroma. A little bit of fruitiness (although can’t pinpoint exact fruit) and a sweet aroma of chocolate.
Taste- A bit lighter then would be expected for a 10 % abv, but very flavorful none the less. The barrel flavor is overwhelming, but welcoming, with a nice afterglow of other more standard stout flavor.
Mouthfeel- good but a bit lighter then would be expected/anticipated.
Overall - This was was very enjoyable brew to drink. Would recommend to anyone who likes a good imperial stout and will definitely experience again.
jar72404 (426) - USA - DEC 7, 2011
On tap at brewpub. Black with thick dark tan head that retains for a long while. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Flavor is a slight letdown compared to the aroma but still nice: bourbon, chocolate and oak, but a simultaneous barrage rather than a nice progression. Finish is long and a little too boozy. Very nice overall. sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Tap @Otto’s: Pours a rocky, brown head that exhibits good lacing atop a black body. Aroma of pine, milky taste and mouthfeel, medium body with a smooth taste profile. Very excellent. cheap (6244) - CHINA - AUG 14, 2009
An extravagant thanks goes out to Nate for this special brew! Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 7/9/2009 Pittsburgh RB tasting extravaganza (PGHRBEXT) at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I see a spread of bottles like I did there. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we served! For example, how about this beer: a hand bottled ottos B A jolly roger! Dark black glass staining oily appearance. Dark roasty aromas. Surprisingly there is some carbonation in this brew. Sweet initially then goes impy strong. Typical strong impy stout on style characters thru the rest of the session. Way too much personality for this lager lover. Almost rude tripel or barleywine in its nature. What else can be said about this brew but ON STYLE!
Sonicdescent (388) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 Had this one at the RB Pittsburgh tasting. This one was hand bottled from a hand pumped growler, so I curved quite a bit on the final impression. This one is a lot better than it’s individual character scores would show. The mouth is where I want every stout to be. Lots of roasty bitterness here in scent and taste. Bourbon is at a good level.
Let me clarify since re reading the above could be misconstrued; I only mention the less than ideal bottling situation to illustrate how well it held up. That was also taken into account when giving numerical scores. It should be noted and quite obvious that what I had was not what was intended, but it works. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2009
This poured a very dark brown pretty much black with a small tan head. Aroma was licorice, smokey, and roasted grains. Flavor was very very roasted, some smoke notes, and a long lingering bitterness. Bourbon notes were there, but not overwhelming at all and fit very well. Damn good beer. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - JUN 2, 2009
[On cask at Ottos] Appears black with a small brown head. Aroma is pretty nice--chocolate and anise mainly, with a touch of coconut, and a little roasted malt that came out as it warmed. The taste has a lot of anise again, some acrid roasted malt, cookie dough, and some chocolate, but not as much as in the aroma. Wow, this is only 10%? I love high alcohol beer, but this thing did the worst job of hiding it that I have ever seen. Palate is tough for me to judge, as I don’t really know how being on cask is supposed to change them. It had extremely low carbonation, bordering on being completely flat, medium-thin mouthfeel, and a long finish. It was very smooth. Perhaps it is because of my lack of experience with cask ales, but from a purely hedonistic perspective I was quite underwhelmed by this beer. The taste did sort of grow on me a little the longer I drank it, but it was hard to get past the over-the-top alcohol burn that came with it. Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Pours a dark cola colour with frothy light brown head which leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, malts, coffee and bourbon. Tastes of chocolate, malts, coffee and bourbon. Has a slightly bitter taste that improves as it sits. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Pre-DLD tasting: Opaque and oily in appearance. The aroma has notes of bourbon (vanilla, oak, booze), chocolate, ashy smoke, green tea, molasses, and a hint of lactic sourness. The taste starts with the expected sweet malt character of chocolate and roasted malt, hints of vanilla bean, dark fruity (fig and prune),herbal hop, pepper, and a hint of peat smoke. The mouth feel is oily, heavy and lush. A solid brew all told but not quite the level of the top level BA Impy’s IMO.