KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 First smelled like a bottle of Elmers glue with a hint of chocolate. Can smell Alcohol and a burnt malty sweetness. HOLY COW!!! My mouth felt heavy and creamy with a unbeliveable sweetness. It tastes better than it smells. This has just the right amount of alcohol to warm the body without it being too over-whelming. Very good Imperial stout.
Holdwine (1077) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jan 06 batch. The first 9 oz. of this one was among the bast I have ever tasted. But then the 15.1% kicks in and overpowered my palatte. Hence the mortal number above. This stout looks great in its glass, roasted oatmel head on top of motor oil black. Even without the sweetness from the added sugar, you would have a solid stout. Chocolate is strong with berries and oak. Okay, now I have to find a couple to lay down and see how it ages.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge Thanks to Degarth for sending me this one. Pours a pitch black, small head the color of chocolate milk, a little bit of lacing. The aroma has too much alcohol in it. Just too astringent. Flavor starts out sweet, vanilla, oak and lots of chocolate gets almost too sweet, with a burnt alcohol finish. Interesting, and I can understand the high ratings… a solid stout.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Saw this one in the store, and didn’t think twice about the near $9 price tag. Served at cellar temp. According to the commercial decription, this is named after "the crafy shape shifter." What a perfect description. Very complex aroma when first opened. Chocolate, burnt malts, licorice, cherry, some vinyl, and something else ... the only thing I could think of to describe it was peanut butter cookies. Very thick and oily in the mouth and VERY sweet. Roasted chocolate, cherry cordials, rum, licorice and a fudgey chocolate cookie are all in the mouth. Excellent ... at cellar temp. The shape shifting begins when it gets to room temp. The aroma becomes rummy and vanilla appears. It becomes overly sweet in the mouth. Way beyond cloying. Not a hint of roastiness or anything bittering. In fact, I think it started to eat my stomach lining. After I finished it, I felt like I needed to drink a pilsner, just to cleanse my system. I agree with Metalhead, this one should be kept cool. At cellar temperature, it’s very good. As it warms, it becomes a characature of itself.
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown almost black pour with a decent enough brownish head. Aroma of Coffee,molasses and chocolate. The first part of this beer was not bad while cool. Thick coffee with bittersweet chocolate dumped in. Hints of port. Prunes. Definately a sipper. On the down side. As it warmed it diminished into the semi obnoxious bastard son of an Impy stout and chocolate liquer crossbreed.ABV was overly noticable. It was a chore finishing the last few ounces. So that being said the flavor rating is an avg going from a 7 and dropping to a 3. Best to keep this one cool at all times.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a thick creamy brown head and good lacing.Sweet roasty malt aroma with a rich ,thick burnt roasty malt flavor.Thick body with a heavy, sweet burnt malt finish.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured opaque oily black with a big full brown head. Very ominous yet inviting. Prunes, dates, salt roast, caramel, alcohol, smoke aromes all resulted in singed nose hair. Double strong coffee, prune juice, Reisin candies, soy sauce, and plenty of alcohol flavor. Rich and chewy with a long lingering burn. Sure this is a damn good beer, but I’m not sure it was worth all of the early hubbub.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 An OG of 1.142? Call Captain Kirk. The Enterprise has to be hauled out of mothballs to go where no man has gone before.Monsterous, high octane aroma,malt nail polish sherry, brownie ,satanically black,with a head that is immediately devoured by the alcohol. Big huge body,chewing and cloying, like a sweet port mixed with chocolate brownie mix and sweet malt wort,just to much malt and sweetness to notice much hop. One bottle could last you an hour. We have gone to the malt limit on this one. A stunning experience,to much to sort through in one bottle. It absolutely gets better as it warms or is that just the 15% kicking in.Did the Demon on the bottle talk to anyone else ?
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge thanks to beerguy101 for sharing this one. not much nose, but oh what a flavor! lots of chocolate and brown sugar sweetness along w/ roastiness. Loved it.
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big alcoholic nose. Plummy, acrid body odor. Smooth and chocolatey, with a slight mocha espresso note. Appealing oily lacing and coating in the glass, blackish brown color. Pretty sweet as far as impy’s go, with a notable burnt sugar-molasses character.