blankboy (7044) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of Dave B. My 600th rating and what a beer to celebrate with! Pours pitch black with an average size creamy brown head. The aroma, oh man that aroma, itís perfect. Good luck finding an Impy Stout that smells better than this, I swear each whiff is slightly different and better then the last. Thereís hops, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, dried fruit and just the right amount of alcohol. It smells...divine, yeah thatís the word, divine. The flavour is no slouch, itís downright delicious. It starts with a nice hop kick followed by chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and finally some alcohol. Itís all so perfectly balanced, I hate to use that word again but itís just so fu**ing delicious! Mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy and goes down ridiculously easy for an 11.5% beer, itís quite impressive actually. Definitely one of the top Imperial Stouts in the world and a new beer to add to my all time top 10! Now to get my hands on more...
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
For some reason thereís no batch #, but I know it was bottled in 2004.
Pours absulutely pitch black with a very thin dark brown head, that quickly fades to a very thin ring that leaves only bits of lacing.
Smell; at first there was a little bit of a soy sauce aroma going on, but that disappeared after I let it sit for a few minutes. I smell dark roasted choclate malts, slight coffee presence and some anise.
Taste; wow, those roasted choclate malts really hit right up front, with a little bit of the cooffee blanded in. Thereís a slight bitterness for the hops, but those are somewhat subdued due to some age. I get a little bit of a vinous and molasses flavors as this warms, with a little bit of an alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, but smooth for the the style. I donít think I would be able to drink more than one of these in a night without drooling all over myself..
BeerandBlues2 (11659) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12-oz. bottle, batch 6672. Pours opaque with a small foamy tan head, the thickness of the brew leaves a stain on the glassware. Fragrant dark chocolate, sweet, and molasses aroma, port, alcohol and raisins fill in nicely with notes of fruit hops and some light smokiness. Bitter and acidic, heavily, biting alcohol flavor that dries the palate, some alcohol burning and warming, with a velvety chocolate malt body and fruity hop, caramel smoky malt finish, port-like. Full bodied and dark brew, somewhat dry to start but a velvety mouthfeel overall; a desert or meal in itself.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. Very small dark brown head. Dangerous. Take one step back. Aroma of roasty malt, ashes, wood, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate. Complex. Same flavors with some nuts, cashews I believe. Full body, oily smooth. Could be the best imperial stout iíve had, if not itís damn close.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 7/6/06-I stopped by BBB63ís place for a bit over my 4th of July vacation. I pulled out a 2002 vintage bottle. Unbeleivable. I would put that bottle of beer up against any fine wine or liquor in the world. Mike served this after a bottle of Westy 12. The 30 min period of time was one of the best beer experiences Iíve ever had. Thanks a million Mike.
1/6/06-Frigginí outstanding in almost everyway. Mocha, molasses, burnt sugar, with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Loads of bitter chocolate, a certain grittyness to it. Very mouth filling. Long finish. Onyx black. I sure would like to see some sort of head on this bear though. Tastes great, and fills me up just fine(8/4/10/5/19)
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Poured out thick like motor oil. Each sip is like Thanksgiving -- with the requisite nap afterwards. Chocolate, bitter, nutty -- very complex. It really lingers on the palate, too.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this thanks to alakanwarren and friends. Inky appearance, creamy slight head. Wonderful complex aroma. Sweet, malty, dark, deep. Pretty roasty, bits of oak, molasses. Lots of carbonation on the tongue. (sadly, I canít read the handwriting in the rest of my notes from this tasting. But it was great!)
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
) This beer greets you with a nice hearty aroma of fresh baked bread and roasted nuts with hints of molasses and dates in the background. This beer fills the glass with a black liquid that settles under a thick almond colored head. This beer is thick and smooth as it spreads through the mouth distributing a nice chocolate flavor that fades to a nice smooth mild bitter taste that lingers well after swallowing.
Brigadier (3470) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 12 oz bottle
(Batch 6811) Pours exceptionally dark - almost pitch black - with little head to speak of. The aroma contained hints of coffee, raisins and chocolate and perhaps cherries. I could pick out an initial taste of dark roast coffee, followed by rich chocolate and cherries. A little bit later a hint of smoke unfolds on the tongue. Extremely complex. Canít wait to find out how this one ages after cellaring it for a year.
(Batch 7205) After letting some sit for a year I think it deserves to be bumped up in both aroma and appearance. The sticky palate lingers and every sip gives new and exciting flavors. Buy a sixer, drink one now and then open one every four months to see how it evolves.
museofky (15) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 One of the best beers Iíve ever had. Dark with large head, the aroma reminds me of molasses. Very smooth and has this wonderful coffee taste.