tjthresh (1865) - 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 (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.
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 (1258) - 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 (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, 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 (1196) - 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.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mostly opaque, very dark brown pour. A thick, fat-bubbled topper is only in a head-like formation for a moment. What remains is a large clustered formation
of big bubbles that resemble a tan sea froth. The nose is very full, spouting hefty waves of smoke and chocolate. Fresh grassy and floral hops are unchecked
and nothing holds them back, even though they in the minority among the many nuances. Barrel notes, of all of the Scotch barrel Brewdog offerings sampled
thus far(6), are the mellowest and most soothing. Vanilla and caramel create layers of dessert influence that weaves between the heavier notes of roasted grain.
Alcohol is a minor threat to the enjoyment, modestly concealed. Whiskey notes are medium strength and only serve as a fine compiment and enhancer to the
obviously skillfully crafted beer that serves as a satisfactory delivery module. Sweet vanilla, Scotch and wood precede chocloate and tarry notes in the first sip.
Sweet caramel is trumped by whirling smokiness. Bitterness from alcohol, hops and char is medium, just a perfect level. Sweetness slides from medium to high
and back again, leading into a choclatey finish that lingers nearly an eternity. The finale is slowly drying and fades so slowly it’s hard to tell when the last sip
was swallowed. The body is full, softly but nicely carbonated, slick and sturdy. Another phucking phenomenal Brewdog offering. This brewery has catapulted
to one of my favorites - more samples of other beers only serve to cement this incorrigible opinion. A beautiful beer.
Taverner (1088) - 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.
Mortlach (962) - 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.