Hinez57 (218) - 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 (113) - , 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 (45) - 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 (11359) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2015 Re-rate October 18th 2015. Short re-rate. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aroma is malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits lightly, dark malts. Taste malts, dark malts, slightly roasty, but damn thereís a lot of chocolate there and not to mention a firm to heavy malt chocolate bitterness. Awesome! Way better than when first I tried it! I guess it does ímature and developí as they say. Really enjoyed this one, superb! -- Original rating: 8-5-8-4-16 (4.1): 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 (5109) - 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 (1296) - 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.
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don't think this is as great as everyone else does. Bells does great work but I am not in love with it.
Niall73 (2291) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home while visiting Jacksonville. Bottled 18/09/14. Pours a deep dark brown/black with a slightly pinky tan head. Sweet aroma of candy choc, liquorice, burnt sugar, dark sticky fruit, malty fruit cake... Medium to full body, light to medium carbonation. Big, rich and sticky with soy, teriyaki, dark sticky fruit, treacle, bitter choc, coke, coffee, rum, light grass, light cherry, a little boozy heat. A little harsh maybe... A tasty tipple which makes me keen to try an older bottle. If this was smoother/more rounded/mellower I can imagine it would be knock-out.
thomashall (368) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours thick black with almost no head. Aroma is slight alcohol with some malts and sweetness. Taste follows with really nice finish. Awesome brew.