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Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 0
Pours out black as sin. Nice nutty brown one finger+ head that wants to hang around. Little to no lacing.

Aroma-wow. This is what I want when when I think RIS... moccha, dark chocolate, raisins, and definitely licorice/anise. A bit woody... go figure.

Taste is excellent also- very toasty, coffee, sweet chocolate, dark fruits, a touch of vanilla- perhaps a hint of wood smoke. Oak aging... *sigh*. A long lingering burnt finish- this has relatively little dryness to it- kinda strange, in a good way.

Medium in body, rich, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent mellow carbonation.

I like this a lot. Almost too much. If it had just a bit more in the mouthfeel area, it would rank as one of my faves for an RIS. Even so- excellent, highly enjoyable. I will have this again!
Highly Recommended!!!

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 05/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Deep brown pour, settles much like ink in the glass with a nice darkly tanned foam of small to medium porportion. Great thin sheeting of lace is displayed as it settles and then splotches out as its consumed.

Aroma is fairly lush and tethered in a chocolate meets bourbon mix within the heart of a muffin or cupcake. Hints to vanilla, molasses, cherry rum, and roast.

Flavors aren't quite as bold but it is in a decent enough supply for a better then average taster. Nicely rounded with chocolateyness and some tender roast and caramel sweetness mixing with some cherry, fig, and vanilla hints as the middle shifts to its slightly bourbon-esk nudge of tang and twang. Subtle drying of cocoa and roast level off well with touches to the warmth from the bourbon. At first it seems kind of dull or OK, but grows quickly on you as it stays well within the memory and on the palate.

Body is slightly lighter for what any RIS might be. Fairly creamy and milding with a nice rounded tang of dark sweetness of fruits and bourbon. Just missing quite a bit of bolder, lasting tone, and thickness. Seemingly more like an OK porter then an RIS.

Drinkability is straight up easy going and warm with bourbon and with sweetened/tinted fruity chocolate. Not bad at all, but there's better. The bourbon is quite nice, its just missing out some on body.

Served In: Goblet

Review by SAP on 08/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 8 12 3 7 2004
April 2004 Bottling (or there abouts); Sampled August 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces both aromas of rum and bourbon as well as a four-finger thick, darkly brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite black though it will show a flash of color if held up directly to the light. Spicy, buttery, vanilla laden, Bourbon-like aromas definitely dominate the nose. The vanillin notes are perhaps the most dominant note here and are definitely enjoyable. This is as harshly alcoholic / boozy smelling as I would have expected and there is also a significant, lightly toasted coconut aroma here that becomes quite distinctive. There is perhaps a touch or toasty malt aromatic notes here, but the barrel clearly dominates the aroma, yet remains smooth enough that I don't find it objectionable. I wonder if the couple of years have helped to mellow this beer out.

The body is somewhat thin for an Imperial stout and has likely lost a bit of heft over the years. Malt flavors and alcohol combine to contribute a sweetness to this brew that is somewhat light. Spicy oak notes yield to buttery oak components that sit on top of vanilla flavors. The dark grain flavors are much more noticeable in the flavor and contribute a finish of espresso, some tart burnt flavors, chocolate notes (that pair well with the vanillin components), a dusty cocoa note and a touch of astringent burnt grain that contributes a touch of bitterness in the finish. Some flavors of roasted, dried figs and blackened rains help to round out things just a bit. As the beer warms up a touch of chalky malt becomes noticeable in the finish, but only just.

Definitely dominated by the Bourbon barrel aging, but it keeps from being harsh (especially in the nose where it is quite smooth). Not bad and perhaps even a bit better than I was expecting.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 0

Pours pitch black. The foam head is a real dark tan. The smell and everything else is really good. The flavor is smooth. The drinkability is awesome.

Served In: Pint Glass

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