bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well-balanced, hefty stout! Pure black syrupy liquid with a wild biege head. Foamy, pillowy head hangs on for dear life for quite a while, and leaves a clingy lace as it disappears.
Smooth aromas of multiple different toasty malts, a bit of smoke, black cherries, and chocolate. Flavors match, with some extra chocolate and coffee notes along with some tangy hops.
Medium-heavy body with some sharp flavors, and a bit of alcohol in the finish (it does well to hide 10.5% until the finish).
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an almost completely opaque black color topped by a foamy, khaki colored head that shows good retention. Thing rings of lacing cling to the glass. The aroma is really nice and full of dark chocolate, bitter cocoa, fresh roasted coffee, and roasted grains. Toasted caramel and vanilla beans add to the depth of this brew, but also smooth out all the roasty elements in this one. The taste is equally balanced between the roasty flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee to the sweetness of the caramel, vanilla, and cream. Medium bodied, but maybe a touch thin for the style with balanced carbonation and the hides the alcohol very well. The finish is lengthy of dark chocolate and earthy hop bitterness. This is one of the better imperial stouts I have had lately. Really well done.
jkwalking05 (4551) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with an average sized brown head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, prune and coffee. Taste is of dark chocolate, prune and coffee.
dchmela (3002) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy Juiceisloose. Big black pour with a thin tan head. Roasted grain, chocolate malt aroma. Nice smooth body, not thick and cloying with lots of roasted grain and chocolate malt balanced with a nice hop bitterness. Very warming and easy to drink.
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty sexy impy. Great pour with a tan head. Lots of coffee, roasted malts, some bitter chocolate in the flavor and the aroma. Thick and full-bodied. A roast bomb, and is also a relief after drinking that Warlock brew.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Bottled 50cl. Ordered from crackedkettle.com. Slightly sour aroma. Pleasant taste. Dissapointing.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to juiceisloose. Strong malt aroma with some oak and a little alcohol. Flavor is maor malts and alcohol with a slight tartness.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with Sprinkle. Thanks Mike! Pours a black color with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. Taste of coffee, roasted malts, over ripe fruit, and dark chocolate. Some bitterness in the finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Pour is excellent with a black body and just hints at dark brown highlights up to the light; head is tan, full, mostly lasting, pillowy, and very frothy while leaving tight lace rings all around. Notes is a little faint but very pleasant with plenty of port notes, blueberries being prominent, lots of cake-like notes, some light espresso, light toffee, and some burnt caramel. Flavor is a deceptively roasty with bitterness hiding underneath the sweet, rich malty notes which begin the progression; cake, burnt caramel, similar blueberry notes, and light chocolate syrup to begin but eventually the espresso, dark breads, dark chocolate, and floral hops make their presence known lingering into the finish. Palate is creamy, almost lively, mildly warming, nearly full, and drying in the finish. Finish is drying a bit with espresso, dark chocolate, and burnt caramel. A very good Imp with a lot of malt richness and complexity and a deceiving roast and moderately high bitterness. Incredibly drinkable and scary at the ABV and nice to be able to experience both malt complexity and intense hop and roast bitterness in the same beer. My only complaint with the beer is the European-esque nose and the faint cardboard notes. Very good beer from a very good brewery.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at PIB. Pours a deep brown, almost black with a solid tan head. Smell is hefty on roasted notes, with chocolate, dark fruit, coffee. Flavor much the same, dark roast, chocolate and coffee vying with dark fruit and some vanilla. A nice bitter but also slightly boozy finish. Very tasty brew, one of the better of the festival for me.