AndyReynolds (818) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Pub. Poured a dark, rich brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is strong with roasted malts, smoke (hickory), and scotch. On the palate, it is chewy and complex. The flavor really brings out a smoked hickory flavor, reminds me of smoked bacon. It also hides a bit of the scotch and brings out the roasted malts in the finish. It does finish pretty dry. I am normally not a fan over over smoked beers, but this one is an exception. It is so complex and packed full of different flavors, that I get past the smoke pretty easily.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 1. From the Bottle at Tom’s Ultimate Glasgow Tasting, Blackfriars 01/12/2007
Some whisky aroma. Dark red coloured fruity and strong in alcohol. Some bitterness in a warming whisky finish.
2. From the Bottle at the Ben Nevis, Glasgow 01/12/2007
Smoked whisky aroma. Dark red coloured and strong in alcohol with a chocolaty roast and whisky finish.
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black incolor with a small beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey and fig. Taste is of roasted malts, oak, molasses, and vanilla.
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing Impy stout. Notes of scotch, tannins, smoke, peat, coffee, chocolate - god this is complex! Pours dark with beige head. Flavor is all like the nose. Perfect Impy Stout IMO. I haven’t had one with this complexity since BA Rasputin. Amazing beer.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2009 Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Pours dark chocolate brown with a thin film of tan with some big bubbles lingering. Awesome nose of scotch, chocolate and wood. The flavor was similar but a bit less full. As it warms the flavor becomes more complex and smoked peat and tobacco influences emerge. Medium to full mouthfeel and slight bitter finish.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz via trade with magicdave. Damn this is totally, totally difficult to figure out which batch it is etc... Pours black with a thin black ring. Nose is sweet and boozy with a very slick whiskey feel. Taste is sweet, chocolaty. Rich and scotchy, pretty tasty beer.
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
rbesg07, cask at blackfriars. deeply black with not much sign of a head. aroma of asphalt, tobacco and some whisky vanilla suggestions. plenty of bitter chocolate balanced, hints of stone fruits and a woody finish with light lactic sourness. quality stuff
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare beige ring. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, soy sauce, and light chocolate. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, dried dark fruits, and toffee.
kramer (4686) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via magicdave. Pours a dark brown body with a minimal tight bubbled beige head that vanished rather quickly. The nose is quite impressive, and better than the other batches that I have had of the Paradox series. Nice whisky and roast interaction that really melds well into one scent. A touch of light soy sauce, vanilla, oak, even a bit of smoked meat notes. The flavor is really well balanced between the barrel and the Stout, unlike the others I have had where the barrel really beats down the Stout. Great bitter chocolate, roast, and vanilla up front that fades to a roasty, slightly burnt malt finish gently laced with whisky. Mouthfeel is full bodied with gentle fizzy carbonation. Not the thickest in texture, but it is a lot more rounded and soft than the others I have had. Pretty nice, this experience gives me hope for the other batches that I have after being disappointed by some of the previous ones.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 On Tap @ The Rake. Black color with a thin tan head.Wood and whisky aroma with some smoky notes. Sweet malty taste with lots of whisky and oak notes. An excellent Impy !