smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is quite a mouthfull. So much so that I was shocked by my first taste and struggled to get it down. My first drink when very cold was too much. As it warmed up, it mellowed surprisingly although still very rich and much of a "warmer". There was a nice sticky foamy head that hung around a long while before dissipating. This isnít a drink for me, but perhaps the fans of the super big and rich beers will dig it.
WisconsinBeer (695) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to Fiddy at Thomas Liquors for the hookup. Pours a very deep reddish brown with minimal head. A lot going on here flavor wise. Initially sweet and ripe fruit, slightly medicinal. Definitely the sweet component is all over the palate, but also getting hints of smoke and bacon towards the end. Poured this at cellar temp, but seems to be the best approaching room temp. Alcohol warmth is in there somewhere, but not insanely noticeable as anticipated. This is a truly deep beer, and well worth the wait. Get it while you can nuckas. Also I would not classify this as an imperial stout, would be closer to a barleywine or a Belgian strong.
flatmatt (985) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Sugary aroma with raisin, chocolate, molasses, and anise. Flavor is again sweet up front, with raisin, molasses, chocolate, and anise leading into a nice roasted malt finish and a bit of soy sauce. Booziness builds in successive sips; combined with the sugar it reminds me of what I think of as World Wide Stoutís signature. It should be interesting to see how this ages if I can keep it around that long.
Update 7/14/2010: Iíve kept a few bottles in my "cellar" for the last few months, and while I sort of suspect I may have overrated this when it first came out, I think my initial numbers were spot on for how itís drinking now. The sweetness and booziness have subsided. Itís still sweet, but not in the extreme that it originally was. The general flavor descriptors are the same, but itís certainly calmed down a bit and Iím really happy with it right now. And is it just me or is it hard to keep beer cellared when youíre just starting out?
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a thinner version of Dark Lord. Very sweet - definitely the molasses in both taste and nose. The licorice is subtle and well done. Alcohol is well hidden in respect. Wood and nut flavors in the lingering aftertaste. Additional aging will serve this one well but Iím glad I tried it "fresh". Bells is really top notch.
DalzAle (1847) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very black pour, a little carbonation and a welcoming sweet aroma of molasses and vanilla. Flavor is heavy dark chocolate, malt, vanilla, black licorice, pepper and a little alcohol heat on the finish. A thick, syrupy, huge sweet beer, and it was right up my alley. I have a few bottles left that I plan on cellaring, but I really donít know how long theyíll last.
blutt59 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, via trade with stoutfest, dark brown with red highlights, aroma has mostly molasses, rye and sugar, flavors are thick brown sugar, pralines, brisket, bourbon, alcohol shows up on the finish but really nice overall
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 13.99 a 6er. Poured dark brown to black with a light brown head. Aroma alcohol, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, citrus, hint of smoke. Flavor sugar, chocolate, raisins, meyer lemons, alcohol, molasses. This was a little on the sweet side for me but in a good way. I think the alcohol took some of the flavor away. This went down easy I could drink 3-4 of these but I have ti put the rest of my 6er in the basement to age a bit will try one next year
portableparty (1880) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle to snifter. Aroma sweet boozy and molasses scent. Appearance has a dark brown pour with thin tight head that dissipates quickly to a film on top with nice lacing. Taste is sweet and delicious molasses very flavorfull with subtle chocolate and soy finish. Palate is full with booze molasses finish. Very good beer glad I found a bootle to try.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma has lots of molasses, dark fruits, raisin, light chocolate, roastiness, grapefruit, alcohol, smoke, and the slightest hint of coffee. The alcohol is a little too strong in the nose right now. It pours a dark brown with no transparency with a inch high tan head with decent retention before finally settling to a thin film. It doesn’t look very dark coming out of the bottle, but sitting in the glass, it’s almost black. The flavor starts moderate-heavily sweet with lots of molasses and light chocolate. The finish has some roastiness coffee, and some light grapefruit hops that struggle to get through all the sweet molasses. The high abv is noticeable, but I wouldn’t call it hot. Full bodied with a sticky and syrupy mouthfeel. This has serious aging potential.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with a pretty decent head that diminishes to a lace ring and island with some slight lace clinging to the glass interior surface. The aroma is orange peel, soap (in a good way), caramel richness, roasted notes, and dark dried fruits. The flavor is sweet and fruity, mostly like a plum wine, good hops show up and linger, caramel wrapping around it all, and plenty of every dark flavor youíd want in an Impy. The palate is noticeable and weighs pretty significantly in the mouth, despite the rather grand fermentation. The alcohol really does not show as much in the flavor as I expected. In fact, it really cannot be described as hot or peppery. This is a good effort by an amazing brewery. Overall this is very nice. Thanks tytoanderso for the access!