msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
On tap at Urban Chestnut. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and roasted malts. Flavors of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla roasted malts, bit of underlying coffee and dark fruits. Finishes with well rounded bourbon Flavors and a touch of hop bitterness. Base beer is not a big burly stout from the looks of it, but did not feel dominated by the barrell at all. Nicely done. savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Awesome mini growler sent by beernbourbon, thanks Vince. Pours black with a small fizzy tan head that quickly fades. Big aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roast and coffee. Flavor is hot boozy bourbon up front with sweet chocolate and vanilla and some light bitter roast. Medium to full body with soft carbonation and a slightly thin mouth feel. This is a great beer, lots of bourbon but the base beer really helps reign it in. beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
Tap. Pour is dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is loaded with bourbon. Also light notes of toffee malt, vanilla, faint coffe, and light caramel. Flavor is also loaded with bourbon, notes of roasted malt, light coffee, and faint brown sugar. This is a really bourbon-forward beer but is not hot at all. Very smooth and sweet. Pretty good especially for one of their first forays into bourbon aging. jandd1983 (4606) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Wow! It poured a brownish color with a small tan head. The aroma was of what else, bourbon. The taste was again bourbon, with some roasted malt and a hint of coffee. A very delicious Imperial Stout.
clothrh (16) - - MAR 15, 2012
Definitely not what I was expecting from a Porter. A very complex beer, with tastes of fruit and nuts.
xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Holy bourbon! Aroma is smoky, sweet oak, slight sourness mingled with old wood and dust elements and overripe red apple skins.
Taste is sweet bourbon, an element of bright red fruits, some good amount of sour barrel, old, dusty, red fruits and biscuity malts.
Finish is slightly sour, a bit astringent, and a touch of black biscuit malt.
Very nice, and different. More of an old ale.
phaleslu (10673) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 Draft served in a snifter at The Royale’s stout night. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small, lasting tan head. The aroma has fruity notes (apples, grapes, plums) on top of the barrel and imperial stout characteristics; there is still some brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and bourbon present but are overwhelmed by the fruit. The flavor has the same thing going on, but not as severely as in the nose. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, fruity, toasty and dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Something is off. Re-Rate, 6/22/12: Had another one of these in a sampler, and it’s doing much better. Actually getting good barrel notes along with stout roastiness without so much fruit in there. This is probably a new barrel, or it’s just mellowed out. Either way, doing better. kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2012
(sample at Wolpertinger festival) dark brown-black with tan head. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor was predominantly bourbon, some roast malt, coffee. I’m just not a bourbon-barrel kind of guy I guess. seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Tasted at the 1st annual Urban Chestnut - Wolpertinger beer festival from tap into beer boot sampler. Poured a very dark brown color, reddish when held to the light, thin but dense beige foam, lingering with some Belgian lace. Aromas of roasted grains, burnt sugar, charred hardwood, fruity ale yeast esters, faint perfumy blend of hops, vanilla and alcohol. Rich malty taste, some residual melanoidin sweetness balanced by sharp bitterness of roasted grain and faint tangy hops, notes of dark coffee and chocolate, plums, cherries, raisins and assorted baking spices, a tad too much vanilla for me. Strong resemblence to gingerbread, fruitcake, and molasses crinkle cookies. Heavy body, low carbonation, long-lasting balanced bittersweet syrupy aftertaste. A decent Imperial Stout. Recommended. vyvvy (6736) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Sampled at Urban Chestnuts Wolpertinger - 1st anniversary - The bourbon barrel aging did wonders for this one. Pours dark brown with a dense tan head. The aroma has lots of bourbon and vanilla. It does a nice job of staying away from booziness. There is also some chocolate and rich roastiness. Medium / thick body with very gentle soft carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, but more vanilla and oak and less bourbon. Very smooth and low bitterness with the barrel aging really complimenting the stout. The finish is creamy cocoa and vanilla and still no alcohol burn in site. Great Impy stout.