realaledrinker (35) - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, pours black with almost no head or lace. More malty than one might expect. Good mouthfeel. Hints of bourbon but if you bought it expecting big bourbon taste you will be disappointed.
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2012 vintage. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted chocolate caramell dark fruits coffee toffee aroma. Roasted coffee licorice dark fruits nutty caramell tar coffee licorice flavour. Likeable beer :-)
olr1984 (1286) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a dark black with almost zero head. chocolate bourbon roasted malt and coconut taste.
markextrae (2035) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2010 bottle shared with a friend. Bottle no. 2703 / 3800. Poured a pitch black colour with a non to long lasting beige head. Still a lot of carbonation after 5 years. Nose of sweet fruits. Cherries, dark sweet bakers chocolate, vanilla, toffee, dark sweet roasted malts, plums, Some chocolate raisins, mouthfeel has Some red fruit and port notes, oak, bit of a bourbon sweetness but very Well hidden. Very full mouthfeel. This turned out great after 5 years. Very rich in flavour!
NosirIwont (2121) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 12.2%. No ’best before’ date. Bottle no. 2859/4200. 10 cl. sample. Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Soft, roasted aroma with a bourbon note. A wee bit oxidized. Notes of bread as it warms. A bit cloying. Flavour is sweet, with molasses. Malt and dark fruits, a bit oxidized. Bread and a hint of vanilla. A bit tart finish, sweet with a mild alcohol burn. Overall quite nice, well-balanced, and with well-hidden alcohol. 01.05.15.
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at VBC. Pitch black. The aroma is nutty and roasty with notes of coconuts and bourbon. The flavour is bitter and sweet. Coffee. A Bit one dimensional, but good.
Enjoyit (3581) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
VBC 2015 Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, liqurice, prunes, port, sweets and chocolate. A flavor of roasted malt, port, Coco nut, prunes, liqurice and dark chocolate.
MOLA_DK (344) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share at VBC. Pitch black with a big brown head. Sweet, woody, vanilla aroma. Huge vanilla flavour. Quite bitter, very long lingering aftertaste. AWESOME beer!
Martinus (3638) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer, off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, cacao, vanilla, bourbon, wood and alcohol. Sweet bourbon flavour, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Finish vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and praline. Nice!!
(from 75cL bottle @ Kamiel’s place. Vintage 2013, bottle 2181/3000. Thanks for sharing, Countbeer!!)
Countbeer (5258) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (75cl): Bottle no. 2181/3000: Vintage 2013: Shared with Iluvatarmilan and Martinus: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees Celsius:
Black beer with smaller sized beige light brown head/lacing.
Aromas of bourbon, poo, roast, chocolate, wood, oat, hints of vanila, hint of butterscotch...
Flavours of bourbon, roast, chocolate, some vanilla, bitters, wood, light mocha, some malts and malt roast...
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, malts, oat, chocolate and some mocha.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.
Ernest (6683) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (2014 vintage).
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), with light notes of varnish, wood/sawdust, bourbon, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, lightly astringent.
One of the most peculiarly overrated Impy stouts on the site, it would seem (second only to Old Rasputin, which has always been a ridiculously crude, flawed, and simplistic rendition, yet inexplicably loved by the beer geek masses). I can usually understand when an overly sweet, overly bourbony, overly boozy rendition is overrated here, because those provide instant, simple gratification in the same way big, syrupy, boozy Aussie shiraz does. But this one is a complete and utter mystery. There’s not much aroma at all, not even much bourbon. And the mouthfeel is amazingly thin and watery for an 11.5% stout. I’m all for subtlety and nuance, but this is downright sterile and bland for the style. Maybe previous vintages are carrying the score here, I dunno, but the 2014 is quite clearly a soulless drain pour...even slightly worse than the regular Big Sky Ivan.