asheft (2441) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sweet hazelnut, vanilla, and dark chocolate aroma with some pine hops lingering in the background. Opaque black under a thin, tan sheet with a bubbly island meandering around. Sweet cereal grain and vanilla roast flavour with some oaky butterscotch. Very low bitterness with balance on the sweet side, but not cloying. Nutty. Low carbonation doesnít help with the sweetness, cut is okay, medium body, clean and smooth.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black beer with a latte surface of foam and no lace. Nose brings through licorice, malts, licorice, molasses, some sweetness. Not really impressed, but not surprised - this seems to be the standard differentiation from Impy Stouts with the licorice. The flavor has plenty of dark malts, hints of leather and dark stone fruit and a little bit of molasses - the licorice doesnít dominate the flavor as much as the nose. Medium bodied and moderate carb with a dry finish. This is a decent beer, above average, but nothing worth seeking too hard.
Serving type: bottle
williamstome (752) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, small super-creamy head. Light roasty aroma. Sweet chocolaty flavor with notes of fruit and sake. Nice creamy mouthfeel :)
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Publik House Draught. Ok so this is not the best or even close to the best impy out there. BUT it is very good for its price point.
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 24.06.2013, 0,66l bottle @ hotel room in Boston:
Small slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, licorice, dark sugar, coffee, caramel, grass. Taste is mild and slightly roasted, dark malts, grass, dark sugar, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa, caramel. Medium bitterness, thin body. Boring!
SanfordBrewer (1382) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Opaque black with no head. Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation.
Aroma: dark crystal and toasted and roasted malts, mushroom soy sauce, some yeast esters, and not much for hops.
Taste: bready malt, pleasant roasted malt, umami, dark fruit, and just a hint of charcoal. There is a subtle sweetness in the finish like malto-dextrine or some other non-fermentable sugar, but no lactose flavor.
Lots of dark malt character, but not overdone. Nice balance, and a more sessional body than most RIS examples. More of a perfect example of a traditional irish foreign stout.
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour, brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, a hint of metallic notes. Flavor is charred, slightly bitter, chocolate and the metallic notes are in the flavor too.
ineedbeer (543) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is not so good. It ha a weird peanut butter like note to it along with a lot of dark fruit. There is also a bit of oxidation showing up as wet paper. There is some chocolate and roast, well balanced but subdued.
Pours black with brown highlights on the edges. A thin dark tan he's quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing or legs.
Flavor is slightly better than the aroma as the nutty note is lesser but it is still present. The dark fruit is more subdued as well and the chocolate malts show up more nicely. Light astringency and moderate bitterness. Still some signs of oxidation in the flavor. A light roast note in the finish as well as some alcohol.
Medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes with low to medium low astringency and a bit thin in the finish. Medium low alcohol heat.
Overall there is just something off with this beer. Whether oxidized or infected it has serious flaws. Definite drainpour.
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Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on draft at willimantic brew pub, nah. Just a sweet ashy mess, a pretty terrible stout with not much body, the dry finish kind of saves it. Kind of.
radarsock (823) - Vermont, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 650 mL Bottle purchased from Learyís for $7. To snifter, it pours an oily dark purplish charcoal brown with a trim off-tan ring which rested atop. Smells straightaway of caramelized raisins, fudge, cocoa powder, milk chocolate and some heat. Ends with aromas of yeast, licorice and chile peppers. Tastes certainly milkier and fruitier than expected: lactose, raspberry jam, pears, and honey. Midway, itíís hinting at chocolate malt, booze and, as TurdFerguson said, ashy which is quite prevalent by swallow. Overall, enjoyable stuff. Also has a nice warming sensation you find out almost immediately. I donít love this beer, but Berkshire do know how to competently brew a beer that is both interesting and balanced. The chocolate flavors could have been more pronounced, but Iím not complaining.