Abijen (2106) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Benzai. Schenkt een zwart bier met een mooie bruine schuim kraag. Ruikt gerijpte fruit, koffie, pruimen. Smaakt drop, geroosterd, koffie. Heerlijk dik, plakkerig.
GriffDaddy (99) - - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this is a huge beer. Very dark pour, with a thin, dark tan head that quickly disappeared. Big, dark, sweet aroma of sweet, dense chocolate and alcohol. Nicely bitter, lots of chocolate that is bittersweet at best. Drier than a lot of stouts, a hard sweet burned sugar flavor that is more flavor than sweet. Very pronounced alcohol burn, could have been more subtle. Beautiful bitter -malty finish that lingers for a very long time. This is a giant, satisfying beer that is complex and just slightly too alcohol forward. I expect that this would age beautifully and moderate the booziness.
katrinaez (694) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heavy hitting imperial and letís you know it. Rich and black. Been a long time since I had it.abv will knock you out but itís easy enough to drink and not notice.
Hinez57 (204) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - APR 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Frankly when fresh this isnít nearly a 100 percentile beer in my book as the alcohols are to assertive and itís a little unbalanced, bordering on harsh, but is a wonderful even great brew. However Iím drinking one aged 6.5 years and itís easily one of the best flavors my mouth has ever experienced. AMAZING! Full, round, faded roast, mildly figgie with hints of stone fruit, dark sugars, mildly earthy, sweet malt forward yet drinkable. Dangerously delicious, now if only Bells would age it 5 years before release! Soy aromas, dank fruity aromas, mildly nutty, very grainy/malty. Mmmmm!!!
davidezdonz (94) - , HONG KONG - APR 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A friend helped me bring back two 12oz bottles of this to Hong Kong for me from the US. They were packaged on 9 October 2014, so around 6 months now. The beer poured pitch black into a snifter with a one finger brown head that dissipates in less than a minute leaving some spotty lacing. First were strong chocolate smells followed by sherry, malt and pine. The alcohol also does come through at times. Tastes begins sweet with chocolate and malt, then turns bitter dark chocolate, pine with a herbal-ey lasting finish. Like the nose, the alcohol is there but leaves a warm feeling. It is full bodied, light to medium carbonation, warm and sticky. I only got 2 bottles of thisÖ and this was the second bottle. As per the deScription on the bottle and brewery website, I wish I had more so that I could age it and compare the differences it would make. Having said that, 6 months in, this was nice.
FROMTHEBOTTLE (40) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Oh My God. Pour is near perfect. Thin circular head surrounds a dense,almost opaque, pitch black beer. All the elements are there (roasted malt,expresso,chocolate,licorice). The list goes on. A little alcohol heat on the palate .Mouth feel is rich and creamy with lingering bitter dark chocolate. Hard to find anything wrong. Rating scale needs to offer half"s. Would have wanted to give this beer a little more, but not comfortable with whole point on any of my scores. Should have gotten more than one. A year or two in cellar and wow.
Benzai (11052) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [from trade with mista] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes, Martinus, Ansjelaah and Judyvv. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized dark brown head. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, liquorice. After it warms up for about a half hour (since it was pulled out of the fridge) the aroma also gets some liquor, a hint of vanilla and possibly a hint of oak. Taste malts, roasted malts, dry, dark chocolate, bitter, some alcohol. Again, after warming up for quite a while some other flavors come through like vanilla, dark fruits and malt and hop bitter. Full body, suitable carbonation. Good beer for sure, but not one of my ultimate top ones.
DutchDrebus (4950) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ benzai. Pitch black colour with a small light brown head. Smells roasty, slightly salty, slightly liquorice, deep. Tastes roasty, alcohol, hint of bourbon, very earthy, some liquorice, wiebertjes. Full body, soft carbo.
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @benzai. Black color with a small beige head. Smells and tastes sweet, drop, roasty, chocolat, caramel.
willisread (1100) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Dark black with slight ruby highlights and a thin brown head. Great lacing throughout. Aromas of roasted espresso, cacao nibs, blackstrap molasses, fig, and dried prune. Creamy mouthfeel with a full rich flavor. Full bodied with light carbonation. Cacao and coffee flavors are most pronounced but as it warms up to room temperature more of the dark fruit flavors become evident. Great smooth finish. World class Impy that deserves every bit of the hype that surrounds it.