Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Pizza Port Carlsbad, 21/04/14.
Pitch black with a big dirty tan head that retains well, good lacing ensues.
Nose is bitter roast, light spice, dark chocolate, mineral notes, light booze.
Taste comprises roast malt, dark chocolate, toffee fudge, spice, molasses.
Full body, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close.
Solid impy but a few notches away from top draw.
rlgk (11551) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewpub in Alpine. Pitch black beer with a beautiful lasting beige, brownish head. Roasted chocolate and vanilla aroma, licorice, cocoa, biscuits, cream, tar notes. Roasted tar and coffee flavor, licorice, figs, raisins, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla notes, some tar and soot. Really nice Impy with alcohol well hidden.
daleharshman (935) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at Ritual Tavern and then got a growler fill from brewery the next day when I was out in that area on a mountain bike trip at Noble Canyon ($20 with tax). Normally I love to get a hoppy growler fill while out at Alpine, but I liked the Odin’s enough to opt out of the hops this time around. Pours just shy of pitch black with two fingers of mocha colored foam. AROMA of very dark high-cacao chocolate, hard roasted and somewhat burnt malts, and nutty coffee. FLAVOR of bittersweet chocolate brownie, smoky roasted malts, creamy vanilla, roasted nuts, and espresso. Much more roasty-bitterness and burnt malt flavors then sweetness here. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, but the huge ABV is almost completely concealed. Somehow I imagine Ron Burgundy drinking a crappy pale lager, but nice to have his expletive attached to such a great beer from one of the very best San Diego breweries. (44, 850)
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours deep black with a small brown head. Nose is chocolate, ash, vanilla. Flavor follows with some ester notes and heavy malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Good.
TheHOFF43 (1759) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Alpine. Pours dark with creamy brown head. Tons of roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate. Enjoyable but not great. Taste is heavy roasted malts, bitter chocolate,slight coffee.
mcberko (7248) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Alpine, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is very strong with roasted notes and burnt chocolate. Flavour brings out complex roasted malts, and dry burnt espresso. Delicious stuff - really well-balanced. Awesome impie - just the way I like it.
GT2 (8755) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Alpine. This one is never bottled- tap only. Small pour into tulip- excellent gray rocky foam with good retention and lacing. Nose is heavy sanitizer, detergent. Either sanitizer for the beer lines or for the glassware. Nose opens up slightly after 10-15 minutes to some savory like beef jerky and maybe a flash of vanilla. Really forcing it to get a good aroma. Taste is ashy, bitter, harsher soil. Palate is thin, lemony, light. Not much going on. Would be okay for stout. For Imperial Stout, this is not going to play ball. Sweet grape soda thing going on as it warms. Another product of intense and dedicated Alpine circle jerking.
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Toronado: Black, rich, roasty with thick undertones of chocolate. Thick pillow of head. I was too lazy and faded to care to jot any other notes down. Somehow I was able to drink the barrel aged version of this beer months before the original recipe.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fierce, hoof driving, teeth baring Imperial Stout that will light up your liver like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Perfectly smooth, dessert-like, and tenaciously complex.
elihapa (1529) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, Pizza Port Carlsbad Jan ’13. Pours is dark brown black, thick, sticky tan head. Aroma of coffee, almond. Flavor starts with mocha, deep coffee, towards finish hops lighten things. Really well rounded.