Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of askdrtodd. Pours deep amber with thin tan head. The aroma is full of rich dark fruity prunes, figs, rich ripe plums and dates along with sweet black licorice. The taste is rich and full with dark fruitiness and then becoming a tad rough around the edges. It then gets sweet with molasses and black licorice and then drying roastiness and booze take it to the finish. Nice stuff for such a big ABV. Reminds me of Triple Rock’s Keyser Soze.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 Had on tap at Haven Gastropub. 6 oz. pour, sifter. Poured a dark brown / black with very small tan head and no head retention. Aroma of cherries, oak, coffee, and alcohol - lots of alcohol. The alcohol aroma almost put off one of the other drinkers, but we powered through. The taste is similar to aroma - heavy in alcohol and sweet. Hints of oak, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes a bit harsh with alcohol and some lingering fruits. A complex beer that just has too much alcohol that is not well hidden at all. An experience, but no need to repeat.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, what a standard deviation with this one. Bottle from PUB’N. Pours dark brown with 3-finger tan head and great lacing for a beer this gargantuan. Nose is oaky, bourbony, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and Munich malt. Tastes pretty sweet, with heavy pruney brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. Complex, with well hidden alcohol, this one won’t bve liked by all, especially those who are yambag or palate-challenged.
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Whiskey aroma with peat accents. Clear garnet brown, no head. Flavor is whiskey, roasted malt, chocolate and amaretto, bark finish. Alcohol magnified. Bourbon/whiskey ruins yet another good beer.
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to AskDrTodd for sharing this one. Pours ashen black with a kahki head. Nose is fruit, booze, roast, booze, booze, booze, and some booze. Nose is a bit boozy. Flavor is similar with significant booze burn before you get to the flavor of some roast and some berry. It was interesting, and not the normal BrewDog.
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and raising in appearance, aroma and taste as expected. Sweet and alcoholoic with most of the charm of WWS. 13/12oz
BoBoChamp (5355) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl, Batch 2, new exclusive Scottish brew Anno 2009, from Slijterij van Bergen Eindhoven, very complex sweet Stout, yet not too heavy, balanced, clear, good head, a topper!, yet very expensive, WOW!
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark murky brown with almost no head. Aromas of dark fruit, dark caramel and a little toasted malt. Slightly sweet with some alcohol coming through in the back ground. Flavours are initially quite sweet with some bitterness coming through new the end. Plenty of boozy alcohol makes itself known. Definately shows its18%. Quite oily palate with very full mouthfeel. Good beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2010 330ml Bottle (4/21/10): Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt, caramel, wood, slight tobacco, light fudge, and slight molasses. Poured ruby/dark brown in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of alcohol, light roasted malt, light caramel, tobacco, light wood, tar, light chocolate, and some piney hops. Medium to full body. Slick, viscous, that becomes slightly dry. Soft to average carbonation. Tobacco, wood, tar, light roasted malt, and slight molasses finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky. 18.2%ABV is present but very well hidden for such a high ABV. 7/4/8/5/16 = 4
Draught at TJ’s (6/12/10): Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt, vanilla, slight tar, and slight bourbon. Poured pitch black in color, with a large, tan/brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, oak, caramel, vanilla, and slight tar. Full body. Smooth, viscous texture. Soft carbonation. Alcohol, malt, caramel, light oak, and slight tar finish. Alcohol burn seems to go away as the beer warms up. 7/4/8/4/15 = 3.8
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Extremely dark brown pour, almost pitch black, with a bubbly tan head that lasts a while. Aroma definitely shows some alcohol but is really more fruity; notes of raisins, dates, blackberries, raspberries, dark chocolate and caramel all stand out. Flavour is very similar: the berries, dark fruit and chocolate are initially dominant, with the alcohol warmth only coming through later. Thick, oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a lingering warm, bittersweet finish. Nicely layered Impy with more depth than I anticipated, this is a very approachable brew for this end of the abv spectrum.