ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
finally. 12oz bottle, batch 7000, courtesy of the one-and-only motortoddhead. thanks so much, todd! pours thick, rich, and oily like a real imperial stout should and sits black in the glass with a thick, dense, dark mocha head that leaves oily sheets of lace. aroma is absolutely wonderful with huge notes of devil’s food cake, dark roasted malts, spent coffee grinds, licorice candy, and pralines backed by dried figs, raisins, and plum skins with hints of warming, spirited Ouzo. flavor is incredible as well with notes of fresh baked brownie edges, pecans, brown sugar, pralines, and hazelnut coffee backed by deep, dark roast, winter spices, dried figs, black cherries, and subtle notes of amaretto with licorice, earth, and smoke on the back end. palate is full bodied, rich and decadent, with smooth carbonation and not a trace of oxidation with a massive finish of roast, dark chocolate, and spices. overall, i was a bit aprehensive with this one given the age but i’m happy to say this one has aged with the utmost grace and truly is one of the best beers i’ve had in the last 6 months.
bwa5879 (850) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at 2013 Inaugural Vintage Beer Tasting. 2005 bottle. Pour was dark brown to black with a small layer of suds the color of a cardboard box. Smells similar to aged brandy with fermented dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses, somewhat leathery. Mouth feel was slick and warm, very soft carbonation. Roasty taste with predominant taste of figs and dark fruits, charred wood, hints of spices - allspice, anise. Finish was slightly sour and surprisingly clean. I need some more years to appreciate this one.
blipp (7611) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Past 7 years old at tasting. Near black with a beige head. Hard roasted malts, weird grainy, some sweetness, and a really weird dirty finish. Not bad up front, but the finish really throws it off, and I have no idea what it is. It didn’t really seem like oxidation or anything like that. Really pumped that I got to try this, but I don’t think it was that good.
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 12oz, courtoisie de Hogtownharry/Blankboy. Nez fruité légèrement boisé (raisins vineux, cerises noires), de chocolat noir, de malt rôti et d’alcool, léger de café noir et de vanille avec des notes de mélasse et de houblon résineux. Ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture très crémeuse et légèrement liquoreuse. Goût fruité sucré légèrement boisé (raisins vineux, notes de cerises noires) avec des notes de vanille et quelques traces de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût amer de malt rôti, de chocolat noir et de café noir avec des notes de caramel toffee sucré puis progressivement un goût d’alcool moyen et réchauffant s’enchaîne accompagné d’un goût de café plus intense, d’un léger goût de mélasse sucrée et de houblon résineux aux notes herbeuses. Post--goût long, amer de rôti, de chocolat noir, de café espresso, d’alcool moyen et de houblon légèrement résineux et aux notes herbeuses avec des petites notes de fruits (raisins vineux).
ben4321 (5254) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Bottle at Paul’s Blind Impy Stout Tasting, 1/5/13
Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet with some chocolate malts and dark fruit notes, and light booze
Appearance: It poured a dark brown color with a small head and not much lace
Flavor: The taste is sweet and a little boozy as well, very similar component-wise to the nose
Palate: The body is medium-full, with some thickness to it, and more carbonation then expected
Once I learned what this was, I thought it was really cool to get to try this one. I enjoyed it, I’d be curious to know how a bottle this old compares to one a little fresher, but I never tried it fresh.
mixmasterob (1019) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Big time high five. Black pour with a small brown head, faded in quick fashion. Aroma was full of molasses, burnt sugar, dark fruits, licorice, and big roasty malts. Flavors were slightly sweet and on par with the aromas. Lots of licorice and straight up darkness. Doesn’t seem that the old age of this one has become a detriment, all seems well. Drinking very nicely. Long bittersweet finish with a touch of booze. Big viscous body with rather light carbonation. Awesome stuff.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle graciously provided by Larry (walt). Inky black pour. Nose is brown sugar, leather and molasses. Flavor is cedar, raisins, leather and earth. Slightly oxidized
_angst_ (4128) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours oily pitch black with a creamy dark chocolate brown head that leaves some trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, leather, salty liquorice, charred wood, moist soil, prunes, raisins, dates, alcohol, lemon zest, black currant jam, dark bread, marmalade, tar, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate and pine. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour and malty with roasted malts, lemon peal, resinous wood, prunes, raisins, alcohol, dates, black currants, leather, dark roast coffee, lemon zest, bitter chocolate, salty liquorice candy and moist mineral rich soil. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, creamy, very tiny fruity tart, very tiny boozy and full bodied, finish is tiny sweet, bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, lemon zest, raisins, prunes, charred wood, pine, leather, bitter chocolate and hints of burnt caramel. Great stuff! Past it’s prime but still very good. Very happy to get the chance to try this!
maneliquor (3480) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very happy to get my hands on this one. Poured a muddy brown with a small, dense brown head. Lots of lacing with a yellow gloss left around the glass. Looks heavy. Nose is sweet vanilla and short black. Lots of coffee which was surprising. Heavy fruit cake comes through as well. Nice stuff. Taste shows the dark fruits and heavy, bitter coffee. Light chocolate with a big amount of molasses and sweet vanilla. Rather balanced for such a sweet brew. Creamy mouth feel and lingers for a long time. Very nice stuff
BigBeer45 (1372) - Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this beer had a viscous black pour with ruby at the edges of the glass, and gave a half finger tan colored head, this beer was too dark to see any carbonation, but I saw bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass, this imperial stout left lots of rings and spots of lacing on the sides of the glass, and it coated the sides of the glass with an oily film when swirled, I found a good layer of dark sediment in the bottle,
the aromas were chocolate and dark bitter chocolate, chocolate cake, roasted malt, dark candy and dark candy sweetness, dark fruit, strong molasses, whiffs of whiskey alcohol, brownies, dark brown sugar sweetness with a little caramel sweetness in the background, and faint licorice,
this beer had flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dry chocolate, dark brown sugar and molasses sweetness, a little roasted malt bitterness, cooked dark fruit in the background, I noticed a little dark fruit after the ale reached room temperature, the finish has dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors trailing with a little roasted malt bitterness, the alcohol was hidden well,
the mouth feel was full feeling but very smooth and nice an creamy on the palate, just a hint of alcohol warmth,
this beer had a big chocolate nose with chocolate sweetness and roasted malt in the background, this was a wonderful brew, a smooth Impy with a touch of bitterness at the finish.