scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2007
slight bourbon and chocolate flavor. it’s very smooth considering the alcohol involved unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Growler: Jet black in color. Dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, drunkin coffee. Flavors of vanilla and rich malty goodness. lots of alcohol shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours an opaque brown color with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, and wood. Flavor is roasted malts, a nice strong bourbon flavor, with some chocolate notes, slight alcohol burn. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
On draft at RB Chicago. Poured pitch black in a snifter with a brown soapy head and ice cold. After my hands warm this frozen glass the nose wafts up as chocolate, cherries, bourbon, brown sugar, fruits, and roasted malts. The body is light to medium and although it is slightly vinious sliding down the glass I’d like to feel the weight of it holding down my tongue. Cherries and bourbon hit my tongue first with chocolate and roasted malts right behind. Finishes with an oaky bourbon coffee bean. A great beer, though I wish the alcohol were not so prominent. A fine offering by Peter Crowley. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Draught, in a snifter at the brewpub, tasted side-by-side with the Terminal Imperial Stout. It pours black as black with an eternal reddish-brown head. The aroma is molasses and tons of bourbon, along with some brown sugar and red wine. The flavor is molasses and bourbon barrel, and the combination of the two gives an interesting red wine hint. Strong black cherry notes come out in the middle, along with faint smoke, toasted oak, and barrel char. It finishes with a prickly almond note and a warm aftertaste. While the bourbon is very obvious, and bourbon certainly has the potential to ruin a beer, in this case I think it complements it very well. Thumbs up.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Very black brew with a huge boozy bourbon and oaky aroma. Taste is extremely bourbon and wood ester with some bittersweet cocoa backing it up. finish is all bourbon. One dimensional stuff not to impressive would be better if cellared for years. NachlamSie (3534) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Draught in a side-by-side with the Terminal Imperial Stout. Pours black with a lasting, very dark tan head. The lacing is very full, enhancing its pulchritude. The nose on this one is much richer with very defined charred oak notes, vanilla, and coffee. Mouthfeel is heavy with low carbonation. The melding of bourbon and coffee here is delicious,though I can understand why some people may feel it’s too heavy on the barrel aged flavor. Personally, I loved the way it came together. The finish has a lot of malty, complex flavors like black cherries, vanilla wafers, espresso, chocolate. This is a delightful treat. I came back the day after the next and sampled it again. I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. ( rating is updated merely for typographic correction) xmarcnolanx (940) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 This is not a very great example of the Bourbon Barrel Impy Stout category, in my opinion. I can think of a couple of better ones off-hand.
A very nice, pitch black appearance and slight head. It is all bourbon and oak, which is fine. I guess I just wanted some body to the beer, or some dark fruitiness to add to the complexity of the brew. It was very one demensional. Cocoa, oak, and bourbon dominated the beer. Good, but I have had much better.
Re-rat 10/11/ GABF
2006 Redline Draft
Jesus, this thing has picked up some complexity. Taste is smooth, rich bourbon and creamy, dense chocolate and dark fruit with a huge vinous nose of port and chocolate. Smooth and drinkable. Very impressive.
9/4/9/4/18 4.4 drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2007
on tap at RB chicago. this version was aged for 3 months in the barrel. pours pitch black with creamy tan head (the head stayed for over 30minutes). nose of wood, chocolate, vanilla, and hints of bourbon. flavor was of dark chocolate, coffee, mellow bourbon, oak, and toffee. mouthfeel is chewy and very full. alcohol was very well hidden. palate was long of chocolate and coffee notes. as it warms up the alcohol starts getting more and more noticed in the nose. i really enjoy this version just getting kissed by the barrel but i think i prefer it at 5months aged. but a hand to Pete Crowley for putting this beer on at different aging periods in the barrel. Aurelius (5485) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
Bourbon nose and coldwater. Tastes like watery bourbon and coffee. Medium-light body. Much ado about nothing.