awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Ballast Point. Pours pitch black with fading tan head. Nose is mostly coffee and chocolate, very nice aroma. Taste is very smooth, sweet chocolate/coffee malt flavor. This is a very nice I.S. but a step below the B.A. version IMHO.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of nbutler11, Thanks Nick. Itís pitch black with a light brown, creamy and lasting head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, preserved plum and licorice. The flavor has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, licorice, preserved plum and other dark fruits, light dark chocolate and the finish is roasted and slightly bitter. The body is full and itís a very nice impy.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Ethan. Thanks. Had this a few times earlier when it was first released. It has aged pretty nicely. Very typical, but solid, impy.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 22 oz bottle, thanks wavers and lagunitasfan! Pours a near midnight black with some ruby edges and s small tan head. Nose is roasted malts, sour fruit, coffee. Taste starts with some molasses, then some milk chocolate, coffee, smoke, plums, semi-sour apples, herbal hops and molasses. This is pretty bittersweet/spicy and unique. Quite different from the typical Imp Stout. Body is medium, carbonation is just right.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an oily black with a one finger dark tan head. The nose is sweet, some fruit skin character, coffee, acetaldehyde. Flavor has some grain astringency, coffee and dark chocolate, molasses, fruity. The palate is roasty, smooth and full.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Ethan for sharing. Dark pour thin but thick tan head (if that makes any sense) Roast, chocolate and coffee aroma. Sticky mouth feel. Medium bodied. Sweet roasted malts, toffee, and chocolate
gracefullypunk (667) - Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aromas of this one are nearly bursting out the glass. Dark chocolate, stone fruits, roasted coffee. Taste is more of the same with a slight bitter finish that is tinged with alcohol. Pours a near brown with a head that doesnít linger.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I opened the older version of this one last night so I thought Iíd open the newer, amped up version tonight. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.
The pours is dark brown out of the bottle and is almost completely opaque black in the glass. Thereís a small tan head that doesnít stick around too long and leaves a big ring and hints of lacing.
The aroma doesnít vary much from the earlier formulation and is dominated by dark roasted malts, bakers chocolate and a bit of citrus hops. There is a bit of roasted espresso beans in the nose as well.
The taste is more of the same with the dark roasted malts and bakers chocolate dominating from start to finish. The toasted character and espresso leave a slight bitterness in the finish almost lending a smoky ash aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a little more dry and bitter than most Impy stouts in the finish.
This beer is not much different from the previous Sea Monster and the additional alcohol is not very noticeable. That said, I actually think I prefer the older version and the step up in alcohol didnít necessarily correlate to more taste or complexity for me. Still, a very good beer.
malrubius (1511) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeterís Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! I think I brought this one. Black with brown ring. Rich esspresso chocolate aroma. Rich dark chocolate esspresso with dark dried fruit and coffee bitter finish. Rich and creamy texture. Very good.
fonefan (31777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 65cl. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #35. ]
Clear dark brown color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, burnt, chocolate, coffee notes, light raisin and prunes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.