dmac (4542) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 750 ml bottle thanks to Padrefan98. Poured absolutely perfect, thick viscous body, black as moonless night, light ring of light brown head. Aroma was great but I must admit that there are a few Impy Stouts out there that I would prefer in the aroma department. To make maters worse there are several Impys out there I prefer in the flavor department. This is one fine beer indeed that I would gladly drink every day if I could but unfortunately I canít.
fonefan (38083) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. [ Courtesy of drewbeerme ] The night Nicki did win his second worldchampionship in speedway ;o)). Dark black color with a average to large, creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark chocolate, strong coffee, vanilla, licorice, alcohol. Initial flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter, middel flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter, finish flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. ( Coffee and chocolaste bitter ). Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. ;o) (220907)
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
THE most complex beer I have ever tasted. Opaque black with a solid half-inch of espresso-colored head, thick fruit and clean fuel in the nose, and a mind-numbing combination of the darkest chocolate and rich black roast coffee on the initial swig. So lush and complex is this brew that you have to get a few swigs into it in order to fully appreciate its flavor profile. Flavor evolves into more ethanol and caramel malts toward the bottom of the mug.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cl bottle, silver foil (2006?), ingested 10/8/07. Pours black with tan foam that has decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is full of roasted malts, little bit of hops in there. Flavor is woo-haa rich, big stupid amounts of malt, a little more malt and then some more malt on top of that, never gets to the point of cloying, keeps some sort of balance some how. Mouthfeel is just about velvet, very nice beer, but my $ would still go to Expedition.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle (2006 vintage)
Rating #600 - Iíve been saving this for a special occasion. A 600th rating seems like a great reason to open a bottle which has been in the cellar for 18 months now. It is drinking fabulously; I canít wait to get to Ohio and pick up another one. As it says on the label this one is huge. It took over two hours to work my way through a single. If you must share it with people who appreciate great beers - donít let this go to waste on a palate that wonít enjoy it.
Aroma / Appearance - The body was pitch black and very oily. A sandy colored head sheltered the fluid underneath. Creamy tan lacing clung to the sides as I worked my way through glass after glass. It left layers of sediment that made it clear where the full level was. The nose was expresso, anise, cocoa and plums. Figs, cherries, smoke and vanilla also contribute. A dusty vinous feel permeates everything.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is dense but not suffocating. Black coffee, anise, licorice and plums hit the tongue soon after taking a sip. Blackberries come next followed by a lingering expresso flavor. The malty feel is strong and intense; this is not a subtle beer. The finish of dark chocolate highlights an incredible experience. With easy access to this I may have competition for my current favorite - a two year old bottle of Expedition.
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 bottle. pours an opaque black with a thin cinnamon colored head that goes away quickly but leaves a good lacing. smell is huge but of only a bit of chocolate and coffee and a lot of alcohol. taste is the same, with alcohol dominating a bit mightier of a coffee note than is in the smell. finishes with a dry, hoppy bitterness that lingers for a while with the warming of the alcohol. quite carbonated, with a creamy mouthfeel that seems to leave a thick oily film. as an IS lover, this isnít nearly as good as i thought it would be.
rerate: letís try again! opaque black pour, with a huge fluffy tan head that maintains a bubbly froth while i sip, and leaves generous heaps of lacing. great chocolaty/roasty malt smell, with cocoa, some woody notes, a bit of a coffee background, and a hint of alcohol that blends well with the scents. the coffee comes out a lot more in the taste. a decent amount of roasted malt. the chocolate in the nose is conspicuously absent in the taste. quite a bit of alcohol in the taste; i donít see how people can say you canít taste the alcohol. fairly bitter finish. thereís some sweetness in there, but itís not quite enough to balance the bitterness of the coffee, alcohol, and hops. warming to the point of being hot. thin, airy mouthfeel considering the body, which, while not being as thick as some other stouts, isnít exactly thin. nice lively carbonation. i still donít dig it as much as everyone else. and i still think itís a bit of a booze bomb. but i like it better this time than i did last time. personally, i prefer jahva.
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - pours beautfully solid and black with a full head. pungent but not overwhelming to the nose. each quaff delights the palate like a delcious chocolate beer pudding. had numerous times and its wonderfully consistent.
MadIndian (2568) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Julios in Mass. Sampled with Dennis Bell. OH MY GOD !!!!! Beautiful black motor oil pour. Nose of chocolate and roast. Big chocolate/coffee/roast flavor. I got weak in the knees. Balanced to perfection. Amazing brew.
jakentbc (15) - New York, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark beer with tan head...wonderful aroma...smooth and well balanced taste...the 12% alcohol is hidden well.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 A Mes rate: Bottle at Chris_Oís HogTownHarry minifest.
Huge thanks to Harry. You really are a legend. Jet black and totally opaque with an excellent thick tan head and lace. Huge heavy black coffee aroma with superb chocolate malt and really really nice smoky and roasty notes. Flavour is so so very good. Coffee and sweet sweet malt. No way is it 12% there is just a lick of alcohol and a slight burn at the edges. For big o.t.t. US beers like this I usually find them just all mouth and no trousers but this is fanbloodytastic. Stunning balance thanks to some amazing grassy hops. Tangy and just so fucking good. Velvety smooth and so soft for what it is. Ridiculously long bitter dark chocolate finish. Wonderful stuff. Such a huge debt to Harry for giving me the chance to try this side by side with a Bells Expedition. This won the day easily for me. Want more.