BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A phenomenal stout. Absolutely incredible whiskey aromas of oak and vanilla intermingled with the chocolates and malts from the stout. An incredibly smooth body with similar flavor.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NorCal December ’07 - Another huge THANK YOU goes out to oh6gdx for sending me this one. It’s a fantastic beer on it’s own, but after having the 001 batch, I think that’s quite a bit nicer. But as I said, this is still a great beer.
The beer pours out a dark brown, almost black hue with a next to nothing brown head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate and sweet malts. It’s a very strange mixture but it works very well. Mouthfeel is full, round and smooth. Flavors are chocolate, roasted malts, and whiskey. Not nearly as complex as batch 001, but just as enjoyable.
Mortlach (1886) - Rome, ITALY - APR 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
08/04/2012 Brasserie 4:20 (on draught, vintage 2009). Nera, poco densa, poca schiuma, poco persistente. Naso etilico, note di whisky, vaniglia, cocco, cioccolata, caffé, ossidazione. In bocca è totalmente vuota, dolciastra, cioccolato, caffé, alcol. Ha perso totalmente di corpo, risultando addirittura lievemente acquosa. I tre anni di invecchiamento non gli hanno giovato. Una delusione.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from cgarvieuk. Best before 31/08/2008. The pour is black, but not opaque. The head look like that upon a frothed cappacino. I’m picking up the usual suspects in the nose, though much more in harmony with each other then a lot of its type. A complex blend of of oak, whisky, vanilla, toasted marshallow, and a very nice layer of smoke. Mmmmm. Chocolatey. The whisky character is totally unoffensive. A pleasant oaky dry flavor. Medium body. Average carbonation. Dry finish. I tend to like my imperial stouts a bit fuller body. That being said, this is soooo easy to drink, and the flavors are all in close to perfect balance. Thanks so much, Craig.
AgentSteve (1647) - 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.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Chris_o shindig. Ruby highlighted black, suprisingly light soapy head, flecks of foam sticking to the glass. Vanilla aroma, light coffee. Creamy vanilla flavor, light coffee and clean alcohol. Very smooth. I enjoyed this, but the whisky rounds the edges out a little too much--I wish for some more texture and character.
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 !
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with a small big bubbled but beautiful beige head; Not to big but well composed nose, very US with lots of chocolate and cocoa in front, and a slight touch of whiskey sharp aromas I guess only because I know; Great body, huge pleasant carbonation, velvet texture, slightly bitter with a very little sharpness from alcohol; Long mellow textured finish with a strange salty sweetness and a bite in the tongue, a very little whiskey aromas fitting well with the cocoa bean.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand labeled bottle from Papsoe! Super dark brown with walnut/maple/brick colors mixed in. No head at all. Every enjoyable aroma with whiskey, malt, chocolate, with noticeable alcohol and a bit of smoke and prune. Whiskey flavor well blended with malt, grain, hint of marshmallow, burnt malt grain, soft wood/oak and maybe a touch of vanilla. Subtle and nice. A bit watery at first but moves quickly to a mid level mouth feel and a dry finish.
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, chris_o shindig. Dark brown with no head. Nose is grainy and really vanilly, hints of banana and a strong malt nose. No alcohol present. Mouth is malty, chocolate, roasted espresso then a strong taste of delicious vanilla. Vanilla strong in palate. Excellent, with a nice bite on a big swallow.