patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - Pours black with a dark tan head. The dark roast malt aroma has notes of chocolate and licorice. This full bodied brew has loads of sweet malt with the dark roast character and hops balancing it. Coffee and chocolate notes are apparent. While it falls well short of my favorite imperial stouts, itís a tasty quaff.
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, and roast. Overall taste is a bit muddled with flavors fighting with each other. The belgian yeast isnt as prevalent as I had thought but the spic herbal notes are. Pretty good RIS.
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Something off in the aroma here, some molasses I guess. Itís distinct and malty. Sweet finish. Not bad.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stop reading and go get some of this brew and enjoy! Poured up a dark brown colored body with a frothy thick tan colored head with good retention and light lacing. Aromas of chocolate, smoked wood, dark fruits, and a hint of hops. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, dry finish with lingering flavors of dark chocolates. Would definitely pair this one up with some smoked meats!
thornecb (5503) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a tulip. Dark pit fruit, chocolate and espresso aromas. Spicy hot with chocolate and espresso upfront turning fruity in the lasting hot finish.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours silky black. Head is a frothy beige. Aroma is lovely pit fruit, plum/prune, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, espresso. Mouthfeel is velvety, rich. Decadent plum fruit and chocolate, light booziness and rye, finishes with dry bakers chocolate and a hint of herbal hop spiciness. Really nice, a touch hot, but at 9.7% this isnít unexpected.
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Johnís Grocery Iowa City
Ar: Nose is lots of dried pit fruit - specifically black fig and raisin. Roastiness takes a back seat to fruitiness, but thereís a mild coffee aroma.
Ap: Pours a deep brown-black with a creamy 1" cinnamon head. Excellent lacing.
T: Rich, pit fruit flavors with some deep coffee on the finish. Loads of maltiness; this is exceptionally rich and drinks well as a dessert.
P: Thick body but a little over-carbonated for an Impy, IMO.
O: Really enjoyed this one. Love these impies with that decadent fig/prune flavor profile.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle 8/31/10. Batch 2010-1). Black color. Large tan, creamy head. Moderate roasted malt aroma with light fruitiness. Same flavor, with light burnt/smoke character. Long duration. Dry finish. Thin/slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big fan of this beer and was very happy to see it this year in a 12oz format. Very dark and very complex. As described, I think this could be served perfectly with dessert. I am saving 2 bottles of this, although I have been teetering back and forth on weather or not to the ABV makes it a suitable candidate, but it is so nicely blended right now, Iím not sure that time will do it a favor.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Enjoy by 4/27/13.
Appearance: Near black with very thick tan head that leaves lot of bubbly lacing.
Aroma: Musty, dank and fruity with plum, molasses, spicy hops, chocolate and a touch of banana. Not too much roasted character in the aroma.
Taste: Not as Belgian as the aroma, although there is still a decent amount of plum. Fairly strong roasted characteristics of bittersweet chocolate and chocolate. Nice spicy hops on the finish, along with a long roasted bitterness.
Palate: Moderately high carbonation, medium to full body, very dry finish. Feels more effervescent than smooth and creamy (although it is that as well), belaying the Belgian yeast.
Overall: I am really a fan of Belgian Imperial Stouts (need that added as a style), and I seem to enjoy them more than most since I always have big positive rDevs on these. Loads of flavor, but not quite as heavy as a standard RIS.