HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from GPutty to celebrate my promotion. Probably the darkest pouring beer I have ever seen. Head was thin, and slightly tan. Armor of black licorice, vinous, and coffee. Flavor is almoist overwhelmingly coffee. Almost more like coffee beans than actually brewed coffee. Slight hints of chocolate - difficult to make anything out under all that coffee. Definitely a phenomenal stout, but Iíd take a Mephistopheles any day.
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted blind at Sk8vikings amazing Porter/Stout tasting - Black body, big creamy head, some laces; Incredible amount of milk chocolate that overpowers everything else, with time in glass it unfolds to metallic white sugary, very deep, but quite 1-dimensional; Huuuuge body that is veeeery full, spicy and a bit sweet; Into huge powerful very, very long finish with some salt and lots of aroma: soy sauce, with all it has to offer of salt, sweet and sour, cold espresso, late in finish quite a bit of bitter hop.
kyzr (1148) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Espresso dark with a head that settles quick. Roasted coffee with chocolate & alcohol nose. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate with espresso. Very little hops come out, but the creamy texture on the finish is awesome!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I bought a few of these at the Alesmith brewery a few months ago and thought it was time to brake one out. Pours a black color. Big initial tan head that slowly faded but lasted to the end. Nice lacing on the way down. Aroma is light coffee, roasted malt, and a tad bit of alcohol. Flavor is COFFEE and CHOCOLATE. Nice bitterness balance. Very smooth full bodied beer. Best beer Iíve ever had.
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Blind rating at sk8vikingís.) Pours black with a tanned head. Sweet with aromas of residual sugars, coffee, prunes and vanilla and wood. Some liquirish. Mellow carbonation. Heavy to medium bodied. Dry finish with a strong warm alcohol sensation.
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful black beer with thick tan head. Thick sticky lacing coats the glass after each sip.
Huge nose of alcohol, roasted coffee beans (as the bottle warns) and some bitter chocolate.
WHOA! This beer hits the tongue with LOADS of flavor. Roasted coffee exlodes on the tongue. Lots of bitter chocolate and slight hop presence balance out the sweetness. Alcohol warming follows as this one finishes dry. The huge creamy thick feel makes this one overly pleasant to sit down with.
If only I could come across this one more often. Many thanks to Jetsbeer for this one.
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A near perfect Imperial stout by AleSmith. Dark roasted coffee, bakers chocolate pull through nicely, looks a lot like coffee (albeit thicker) too. Wonderful refreshing stout. I wish it was available in Colorado, had it in Coronado on my honeymoon.
eaglefan538 (2886) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2007 Re-rate in yet another Sept 07 horizontal, the clear winner, kicking the buttocks of DL07, DFHWWS06, HF Boris, and Expedition (but Expedition was a darned close 2nd). No new comments, this is KING of the Impy Stouts for sure!. Re-rate, July 07 after Westv 8, and a quad horizontal of St. Bernieís 12, Westv. 12, and Roche 10, Iím moving this beer to a 5.0 from a 4.9.... the closest thing Iíve had to a 5.0, perfect beer, undoubtedly the #1 impy stout in my world. Re-rate, Apr 07 in a horizonta against 063FDL, 03-06 Stone RIS, Deschutes The Abyss, 01/03/04 Rogue RIS, and a NC Old Rasp Millenium edition. Top notch, beat íem all. This beer hasnít lost to any other impy stouts in my tastings. Only aroma and appearance remain at 9/10 ratings. Re-rate, Mar 07 in a horizontal w/ Peche Mortel and Mephistopheles, ever so fantastic, beautiful hop and coffee malt balance, June 06 re-rate stands, although if youíre looking for over the top coffee, the Peche does beat this one out. Best overall Impy stout, though, is the AS Speedway. Re-rate, June 06: Thanks, doulos. Freakiní fantastic, no idea what was holding me back on the first tasting!!! Beautiful appearance, nice tan-chocolate head. Mouthfeel was perfect, asbsolutely perfect, syrup like, motor oil type feel, just nice. The aroma was coffee and dark fruits with some dry nuts. Flavor was coffee, chocolate as it warmed, roasted nuts, and some fruitiness (prunes?). Would not know this was 12% alcohol, well-blended in the flavor and aroma profiles. Finishes in a really complex fasion, initially just a bit bitter, good hop touch. Then after a few seconds, the late aftertastes arrive, nice zing on the tongue, but not a bunch of junky hoppy flavors. This was one of the best hopped stouts Iíve ever had, where the bittering and zesty/zing levels were there to support the relatively sweet malt base, but not in a way to overpower with pine, floral, or citrus attributes. Original Rating: A nice stout, but I found it to be over-rated. The Peche Mortel was superior, as was the DFH WWS. Poured with a small brown head that wasnít overly impressive and laced a bit. The aroma was sharp, coffee and a touch of alcohol as it warmed. The mouthfeel was fairly thick and moderately carbonated. The flavor was coffee, sweet to start with and bitter to finish. Would have another one, but not at any elevated prices.
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUN 2, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 Dark black, with a medium tan head. Rich smell of coffee and hint of chocalate. Very rich coffee taste, with a nice amount of bitterness. Nice dry taste, the sweetness of the stout isnít overpowering or cloying. Medium to heavy body for a stout. Excellent
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Excellent stout. Huge all around. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt. Taste is the same. Starts chocolate and coffee. Finishes sweet roasty malt and slight bitterness with slight alcohol burn. Nice bold complex flavors.