after4ever (6801) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Thanks, Pantanap! Pours jet black with a thinnish burnt tan head. At first it pours like the head will just be sloppy bubbles, but then it gathers some substance to it as it settles. Nice. Weirdly soured nose from the herbs and licorice and probably the coffee--smells odd, though the elements are all well familiar from other impys. Watery light body, carb is a little too prickly, and even if it felt right, there’s not quite enough of it. Mid-palate’s got huge coffee flavors, plenty of roast and chocolate, and a slightly more coherent use of herbs and licorice than on the nose. Long acrid finish. Not really what I like in an impy, personally, though I generally go for Baird’s offbeat style interpretations.
marcus (7816) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This opaque brown ale poured with a thin tan head and a coffee aroma. The flavor is heavy on chocolate, with some dark fruit. It’s mostly syrupy sweet, but there is a little carbonation and some bitterness at the finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark pour with a good head job makes me happy upfront. I love the pancake. Dark roasted aromas. Full nectar with superb effers. Good creamy texture. A defined roast component defines this with the intrusion of sweetness to follow. High cocoa essence resolves to a long finish.
bhensonb (12750) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Dark malt aroma with dark fruits. Smells slightly cola. Light tan head, but minimal. Flavors of dark malt, coffee, darkish fruit and perhaps chocolate. Makes one think of barrel aged Scottish stout. Finishes smooth and malty bitter. Reminds of Paradox.
KyotoLefty (7972) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Nakameguro Taproom. Pitch black with lace. Winey, deep chocolate aroma. Amazingly smooth, with solid sweetness but not cloying. Chocolate, smoke, and a bit of coffee in there, as well as something slightly port-like, and cherries or plums. Hoppier than usual, with a lemon tinge. Very powerful, fruity, and delicious.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tobacco shop & chocolate are dominant in this beer. Appearance is disappointing with modest head, and the nose is somewhat tepid as well. However, the aforementioned tobacco and chocolate flavors make it worth the effort, especially on the finish. It reminds me of that thick hot chocolate I had in Spain.
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color of tar with a medium head. Big aroma of dark fruits, rich chocolate, rum and a touch of the aforementioned tar. The flavor is strong roasted malt, rounded out with dry chocolate and some prune. A little rum, light pine and citrus hops appear towards the finish. A little acrid. I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting to.
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great start to the beige head. Oddly, it collapsed in the middle. Thin stringy lace after each each sip. Near black in color, no light shines through.
Clear chalky, chocolate aroma. Subtle sweetness.
The flavor has a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Light hop gives more interest to the bitter flavor. The aftertaste comes closer to chocolate milk with a mild bitterness. Relatively thin body with moderate carbonation. Overall, an easy to drink Imperial Stout that is not on the extreme side.
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown bordering black with a frothy foamy latte colored head that left a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is toasted nuts, roasted coffee, and caramel. Flavor is a bit burnt and ashy with some dark chocolate. Not as creamy as others...but still pretty damn good!!!
doublebock (532) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid black with shades of purpole. Very little head. Powerful mocha nutta malty scent.
Flavor is rich sweet with burnt caramel, very chewy and some tobacco. Alcohol is well masked but obvious