PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer. Pours nearly opaque with a dense khaki head. The aroma is chewy with dark chocolate, a touch of licorice and tarry notes. Slick bodied with a very salty flavor. A bit mineral-like upfront as well, followed by a gritty bitter dark malt character. There is also lots of rich bitter dark chocolate into the tarry finish. Not bad, just seems like another gigantic Impy without subtlety.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at EBF 2008, Copenhagen. Pitch black and pure velvet. Leaves lots of lace on the glass. Superb flavour - really firm and deep. Awesome malt flavours and just the right amount of balancing bitterness.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Paul. Very rich coffee aroma, sweet with maple syrup, brine. Flavor has a ton of syrups, salts, coffee, big and brash with a medium-large body. Astringent and body, really a bit too much. Perhaps this could age. Thanks Paul for sharing the bottle.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, slight tar, cocoa, as well as hints of smoke and hops. Poured pitch black in color with a small, dense, creamy, tan/brown head that mainly diminished but left a nice film on top throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, light to medium bitter, and very complex. Tastes of roasted malts, burnt malts, chocolate, tar, tobacco, piney hops, citrus hops, slight charcoal, light vanilla, and light cream. Medium to full body. Smooth, chalky texture is thinner than expected. Average carbonation. Burnt malt, charcoal, tar, chocolate, and tobacco finish is lightly dry and chalky. 10.5%ABV is completely hidden.
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a deep black body with nice head. Aroma is a nice blend of milk choclate, hops, molasses and burnt bacon. Flavor is very creamy, milk choclate, grassy hops and a very light touch of coffee. Alcohol was not detected nor tasted but overall this was very thin considering its reputed character.
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz bottle. Pours a black color with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee beans, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Taste of rich roasted malts, chocolate, bitter coffee beans and cocoa.
Blom (831) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and black with a brown head. Powerful aroma of coffee, chocoalte and roasted malts. The flavours are huge with notes of vanilla, raisins, coffee, cafe latte and dark chocolate. This is really something!
rlgk (10044) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(EBF 2008). Black color, creamy brown head. Milky, malty aroma with vanilla and licorice. Malty, oily licorice flavor, tar and cocoa, slaty, spicy and with quite alot of chocolate.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 version, warm tap at EBF. Black with beautiful creamy cappucino head. Smooth liquorice aroma, sweet malts and cocoa. Flavor is sweet liquorice, cocoa, syrupy burned malts, molasses, mentholey finish. Full bodied, silky carbonation. Great american style impy.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 22 / 400, Batch 5, Best By Date March 2010; Sampled 2nd RB Tucson Tasting, September 2008
Pours with a darkish, brown colored head that sits on top of a simply, opaque, black beer. There is lots of roast malt character in the aroma with notes of dark cocoa, darkly roasted coffee beans, and a finish that almost has a smoky note to it with its concentrated malt aromas. There is a touch of earthiness to the nose as well as some light notes similar to burnt, dried figs.
This is lightly sweet tasting at first, which accentuates some dark cocoa notes, but a substantial roast character quickly kicks in and counters the sweetness with ample coffee notes and a very deep, roast bitterness that dominates the finish. The roast character accentuates quite a bit of charcoal-like acidity and some harsh, acrid notes. Alcohol definitely adds to the harshness in the finish as well. This is a bit more enjoyable than I may be making out to be, but it can be quite harsh in the finish at time; ultimately the roast character seems to be a bit more than the base malt character can support (but that is probably just me).