michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On tap at Beer Junction in Seattle. Black pour, average head, aroma of malt and chocolate. Taste intense and sweet, with a big presence of chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol. Palate is slightly thick, and the finish lingers nicely with the flavors. A big tasty brew that almost pushes the limits, but really works and is something I wish Pike would bottle once a year. reebtogi (6316) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2012
650ml bottle pours black in color with a 3 finger light beige head that retains well and leaves some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains with some chocolate, Bourbon and woody notes with hints of vanilla. Taste is chocolate malty sweetness with some vanilla and wood and some roasted barley bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied with mild carbonation. An Impy that can be enjoyed over and over again. IrishBoy (4212) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bomber from Odeed 2008 Vintage. Nose is dark bitter chocolate, with hints of bourbon, molasses, and vanilla. Black with a medium tan head that lightly laces. Flavor is peppery spices, woody oak, light alcohol warmth, with some molasses and chocolate. Body a little on the thin side. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood. Pours solid black with no head. Aroma of roasted malts, espresso and wood. Flavour of roasted malts, lots of espresso, wood and some spice, light smoke and toasted nuts. Full bodied, roasty and toasty. Nice. mcberko (18084) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
On tap at Brouwer’s for Big Wood, pours pitch black with a tiny foamy ring of tan head. Aroma of mild vanilla, bourbon, and light molasses. Flavour is both sweet and woody, with light vanilla, wood, light roast, and some espresso. Light on the palate for an impy but rich and full of complex flavours. Delicious.
rougeau13 (3085) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Black, with a HUGE brown head that lasts a good while. I actually can’t even pour much, the head just blows up. Aroma of nuts, wood, sour cherry, and musty molasses. The taste is strange. It’s dark malt and wood, but with a sour yeast-like character and what tastes to me a bit like nutmeg. Decent bitterness at the finish. The main drawback to this is the carbonation. For one, I can hardly get any beer in the glass, for two, I don’t expect aged imperial stouts to feel fizzy. That being said, it’s not great, but it’s a fair enough concoction when you get to it. alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a huge foamy tan head. At this point I’m concerned. The aroma is strongly acidic with signs of brett, soured dark malts; nothing that resembles the smooth chocolaty with vanilla wood overtones from the description. Now I’m disappointed. The flavor still shows the infection, but the stout character does come through a bit more. Some roasted malts, dark chocolate with a mild tart character. I should have tried this sooner, but it fell victim to the cellar shuffle. johnnnniee (4346) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
I’ve had 2 bottles of this beer from 2 different sources and both have been infected. Emails from the brewery state that this beer is the way it supposed to be albeit a little over carbonated so I will review it as is.
Pours a solid black with about 3/4 of a glass of tightly bubbled tan foam. I pour four ounces or so then I wait 10 minutes and pour some more.
Nose definitely has a Belgianesque character to it. Smells a bit tart but hidden deep underneath I get some roasty and chocolatey stout like aromas. There’s some vanilla and bourbon in there as well.
Taste is less tart than the aroma. Up front I get a blast of dark fruits and a slight spicy Belgian yeast twang. Fruits continue midway then slowly fade to reveal some oakey vanilla and bourbon, chocolate and roast. Finishes with a long lingering roast and hop bitterness. It actually doesn’t taste half bad, but it is turning sour.
Carbonation is off the charts, body is medium to thick, mouthfeel is bubbly like seltzer water.
I have to ding this one pretty good because it is infected despite what the brewery wants me to believe. It didn’t taste half bad, but it also didn’t taste the way an American double stout should taste. The mouthfeel was totally ruined by the insane level of carbonation.
At $15.00 a bottle, never again.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Year Two (2009 Vintage): My god, this has some serious head. Uncontrollable, even! Its medium-brown head is stiff and strong. After two years of aging I’m surprised it’s held up so well. The aroma is really, really good! For some reason it brings be back to childhood. The wood is strong, not soggy. The flavor is hard, sharp, and delicious. It’s soft in the mouth with hints in the finish of soft, sweet whiskey. I really like this one... woody, dark, and sharp! Aging has done wonders for this beer. I highly suggest it. douglas88 (9427) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bomber thanks to BVC. Pours a pure jet black color with a large brown head. A smooth oak and light bourbon nose, some roast. The flavor is a mellow ashy and bitter Impy; light bourbon, smoke and ash, chocolate, bitter hops and metal throughout- it is fine and works-, a bit of sour cherries and wood, actually very woody. Nice and very drinkable.