eaglefan538 (2890) - 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.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, thick beer - almost looks like oil. Creamy head and lots of earthy coffee flavors everywhere. If you like sweeter stouts that pack a big punch, youíll love this one.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dense black coloring. Medium frothy brown head. Strong roasted slightly cinammon nose. Malt hits you first then a vanilla coffee caramel taste. Slightly dry and sweet but not too sweet. Alchohol is very well hidden. Superb.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Pours with a tiny, creamy, dense, firm and perennial head. Not as bold of an aroma as expected, but it is quite alluring with licorice, cocoa, coffee, musty hops and dates. The viscous body delivers a panoply of my favorite flavors: dark chocolate, caramel, earthy and musty hopsÖÖand the center of it all: coffee. Bold, pungent, yet not over-roasted, and lightly creamed. Amazing. Itís chewy and sweet, but is well balanced by the roasty and hoppy bitterness and tart acidity that the some of the syrupy Belgians just donít typically have. The alcohol is like a cloaked linebacker. I dare say this brew lives up to all the accolades, is perhaps the finest beer Iíve yet had, and is as close to perfect as it gets.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!! This beer is a drug. Its ultra cafinated and high abv give you a cocaine rush like no other brew ive tried. Plus the flavor in this thing is delicious i sampled the whole 750 ml by myself with a pound of Port Salut. I never wanted it to end like a great movie, it keeps you wanting more even though your noticing your tounge going numb you cant stop! Ive never been to partial on stouts (that wet cigar finish and the smoke filled mouth is not my thing) but this one is diffrent. I am a fan and its the highest rated beer on my list so far. The commercial description tells exactly what the stout is. The only downer is its little to no head and its overwhelming warming as it warms.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled from bottle at Higgins in Portland. Try this beer now. To me, this is the only stout that gives Shakespeare any competition. No complaints here really. The aroma was awesome, but perhaps it could be slightly more bold. The appearance could have benefitted from a slightly bigger head, but perhaps the alcohol kills it. Otherwise, this is coffee laced heaven in a glass.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 bottle shared at Jimmacks. I forget who brought this, but it had the same label as in the picture so it was aged at least a couple years. 2003? Pours out an almost pitch black with ruby highlights and a thick creamy head which fades slightly. Aroma is loaded with fresh coffee, despite it being aged, with tons of roasted barley and very light herbal hops. Flavor is so well blanced, yet very pronounced and intense. Lots of coffee, chocolate, and roasted barley, and an acrid sharp black malt character as well. Slightly sweet overall, but never gets overwhelming or cloying. Nice clean blanced bitterness in the end. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel all the way through. One of the best beers at Jimmacks gathering.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was not as strong as I expected, poured thick black. Flavor also not quite as full as I expected. Alcohol was well masked. Very good beer, but at $13 for a 750ml, itís not worth the money.