Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Pitch black. Medium-bodied dark brown head. Mellow roasted dark malt flavours. Thick malty flavours. Texture is complex and rich. A lot of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. This is balanced by piney sharp American hops. A very intense beer.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2009 Pours beautiful deep brown with a thin, dark tan head. Coffee and chocolate in the nose, with the addition of some roasted malt in the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and slight bitter finish.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2009 Poured black, thick, dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, little dark fruits, little alcohol, slight hops.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer, near-black, with a very nice beige head and lacing. Nose is lots of rich coffee, not quite as singular or intense as Mikkeller, but strong, beautiful, and balanced unlike Founders. Oat, salt, and some very minor hop citrus with warmth, then some sweet fruit. Lots of roast and cocoa in the mouth, the hop greener than the nose. Creamy palate, rather thin body for an impy, but the finish is really polished coffee, no astringency, and it lasts. Pretty drinkable and balanced for an impy, and given the strong qualities, that’s a nice surprise.
Boutip (5797) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown color ahead with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some well balanced sweet malt with notes of black chocolate. Taste is well balanced with great notes of creamy black chocolates and roasted malt. Hops don’t play much of a role but body texture is creamy and well crafted with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well made overall but I was expecting more character based on previous rating.
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ruby-black beer with a tan head. Chocolate aroma with light roast and vanilla. Rich roasty flavor with caramel and coffee. Fuller bodied. Roasty, coffee, and grain lingers with dark fruit and dark chocolate.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by stfun at the presex gathering ’09. Thanks Josh. Definitely in your face with chocolate, hops, alcohol, but not too over the top. Drinkable, but definitely a slow sipper. Enjoyable above average impy.
GRM (3674) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown bottle, 50 cl, batch 115, best before 07 2013, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on March 2 2009; eye: black, opaque, creamy cappuccino head that falls and turns into a thick sheet, light lacing; nose: roasting, roasted malt, strong coffee, vanilla, resinous hops, light burnt malt; mouth: roasting, roasted malt, vanilla, light soy sauce, strong coffee, hops, light soy sauce, light burnt malt, lots of malt, finale in roasting with a good presence of hops, foamy texture, mildly bitter and acrid, lightly salty, full body, average carbonation, light astirngency; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 50 cl, lot 115, meilleure avant 07 2013, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 2 mars 2009; œil : noire, opaque, mousse cappuccino crémeuse qui tombe et se transforme en une épaisse couverture, légère dentelle; nez : torréfaction, malt rôti, café fort, vanille, houblon résineux, léger brûlé; bouche : torréfaction, malt rôti, vanille, léger sauce soya, café bien tassé, houblon, léger sauce soya, léger brûlé, beaucoup de malt, finale en torréfaction avec une bonne présence de houblon, texture mousseuse, moyennement amère et âcre, légèrement salée, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, légère astringence; en résumé : bien bon
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on bottle) A very impressing black beer with a wonderfull light beige head. The aroma is very hopped, haven´t tasted a stout with such a greeninish and herby hopnose for a while. The alcohol and malts kicks in in the taste, but there´s an allmost toothpaste-like feel to the whole thing all the way. Finishes nicely dry and with a ton of coffee, ´the carbonation is gone at this point and it´s needed to carry such a massive finish.
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Intensely black body with a cocoa colored firm head. Nose of milky cocoa butter and creamy espresso, some oily coffee bean resins and some greenish cream and butter notes... quite a nice smell, coffee isn’t overpowering or really that strong, most dominant is the cream/cocoa that I’ve mentioned twice already. Frothy bit up front, then ashen and rough on the middle of the tongue and against the palate, finishing unnecessarily bitter and parched. Chocolate syrup, cocoa, mild to moderate coffee... over time and when warmed it’s overtaken by a chalky aspirin flavor that pretty much ruins the rest of the drink.