IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
1 L Bottle from tytoanderso; Nose of smoke, tobacco, roastiness, and chocolate; opaque black with a medium cinnamon tan head; flavor has bourbon, light sourness, with some chocolate and oak. I don’t think it is a brett beer so it must be lightly infected, doen’t taste that good. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small tan head. Coffee, bourbon, chocolate, oak aroma. Chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, oak flavors that aren’t as complex as I’d like to see, though still good. Medium body and would like to see a bit fuller. LIngering bourbon, coffee, molasses with a bit of citrus malt. Decent, but want more out of it. WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours a dark black with a fleeting but billowy coffee-colored head. Aroma is sweet and full with notes of molasses, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, and a subtle alcoholic bite. Taste is medium bodied and smooth with a bold chocolate and roasted malt flavor opening up into a crisper finish that’s part brown liquor and part hoppy citrus. Not as overwhelmingly boozy as other bourbon barrel brews, but also not quite as full or complex. Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2007
A full bodied pour with a dark brown hue and strong head.
The initial aroma seems light, even weak for such a hefty beer, but the flavor is nothing short of electric - smoke, toffee, chocolate, cola, and even a hint of fruit - comes in waves across the palate with a long lasting finish that leaves your tastebuds wanting more.
Serve somewhat chilled for dessert with homemade vanilla ice cream. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle shared by Jason. Black body under a foamy tan head. Roast, caramel and bourbon in the nose. The flavor centers around strong roast malt, green wood and green alcohols. Sour milk sweetness & vanilla backs this up. Pretty crappy stuff.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Thanks to Jason for sharing.
Dark black pour huge frothy dark tan head w/ nice lacing. Big barrelled aroma, tons of bourbon and sweet caramels and more bourbon then some more caramel and even a touch of oak. Decent mouth feel but just not big enough for what it is... it doesn’t coat the way it should for its size. Flavor is a light butterscotch, hints of caramel, a fair amount of bourbon.. pretty smooth I didn’t notice the wood an odd almost metallic finish. Ok but full of what I would call weak imitation flavors in a poor attempt at a big beer. I wont drink it again. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting on 6/23/07: Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin tan ring of head. Aroma of sweet sugary caramel with some earthy esters and a touch of butterscotchy bourbon. Body starts fairly full and sugary caramel sweet with some earthy dark caramel and chocolate malt before an oaky, fairly viscous bittersweet finish. An interesting brew, but needs more full malty flavor and not sugary adjuncts. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2008 Liter bottle from Holiday. Pours a thick black color with a tan head that lasts forever and deposits lacing in the glass. The aroma is strong with anise, a smattering of whiskey and something evil(&yummy). The flavor is complex with black licorice, charcoal, molasses, chocolate, oak and more black licorice. The barrel aging really mellows this beer. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. The finish is long and dry with a bit of lingering bourbon laced licorice. Overall: I really am impressed by this concoction.There is a calming Zen mellowness to this drinking experience. Recommended. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours a dark dark – opaque darkness with nice light brown head. The aroma is big with roasty malts to burnt malts that get swallowed by a pile of oak chips. I do get a hint of the bourbon too. The taste starts dry and roasty with hints of bourbon. Beyond that a sweetness kicks in along with a healthy dose of wood. It ends sweet burnt and roasty with a mild bourbon oakiness that lingers. Double yum. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Courtesy Degarth. He strikes again. Sweet looking liter bottle, appropriate and bold for an Imp Stout. Very, very dark black body with brown at the far edges. Creamy, rocky mocha colored head that lasts for quite a long time. Plenty of lacing coats the side of the glass as well. Impressive looking beer. Bourbon, woody/earthy notes, bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits, licorice and coffee grounds make up the huge aromatic bouquet. Flavor is somewhat of a tiny letdown after the aroma, but still very well done, and gets better and better as the beer warns. Dark chocolate, roasted/charred malts and beans, prunes and liquor soaked sweetbread. Creamy, very full mouthfeel. No heat from the bourbon is apparent, which is very nice. Woody/earthy finish, medium length, fading to a nice roasted bitterness. Very well done, just short of world class.