JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle purchased at Total Wine, Tustin, CA
oh my, don’t drink this near an open flame... the alcohol hit me right up front
then faded away and the cranberry along w/ the impy stout roasty/chocolatey kicked in.
For me, this one was way too far over the top.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a thick dark reddish-brown with a pretty good head. The aroma was alcohol-of course, syrup, glue-every hyper beer I smell smells like glue. The taste is a very sweet syrupy roast. Very carbonated hot beer. This beer made me conclude that I am not into hyper beers.
imdownthepub (9999) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at The Hotel du Vin, Birmingham. Dark brown with ruby hints, tan head. Initially very winey, with a grape like hit, then supplementary flavours like aniseed, cough medicine and liquorice poke their nose in. Candy like in the middle, then a heavy roasted finish. It plays with the senses certainly, but I wouldn’t keep going back to it.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is dark viscous black with a tight bubbled khaki head that laces delicately down the glass...smell is herbal at first...lots of jasmine and some smoke...sweetness too...boozey sweetness, hot...strike one...the nose is interesting, but not attractive...just like the rest of the Brewdog beers...the taste is sweet and roasty at first...sweet with some cocoa and light chocolatey flavors...a nice roasty flavor starts coming out even more as it warms...but the boozey alcoholic sweetness...some weird earth fruit sweetness too, like dates or something that doesn’t quite fit...all in all though, the boozey sweetness is pretty overwhelming...the finish is sweet and hot with some dry wood notes battling the alcohol...in the incredibly high alcohol imperial stout war, this is a distant runner up to the obvious DFH-->Mikkeller-->(h mention?)Avery under-attenuated palate wrecking trainwrecks ...
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost, but not quite, black pour with tan head. Nose is very aggressive alcohol, darly roasted grain, oak, sweet malt. The flavors are intense and varied...sweet malt, licorice, chocolate, oak, dark fruits like dates and plums, and fairly intense alcohol, along with a really bitter finish. The hops are PNW in type and fairly strong grapefruit and pine in nature. Really big brew!
KyotoLefty (6172) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Flavor of sweet blackberries, licorice, chocolate fudge. Very stimulating flavors and mouth feel: the combination of alcohol, hops, and sourness are slightly shocking and really wake the mouth up. A very fun, interesting beer that is not all that stout-like.
JohnnyJ (4254) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap at Stone Bistro. I assume this is the correct one, as it is newer. Pours a dark brown, not quite black, frothy tan head. Dry roasted malt, touch of dark fruit and liquorice, smoke, and bitting bitter hops. Almost grapefruit like citrusy. Also some oak in there. Interesting and enjoyable, not that hot for it’s abv.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, slightly thin mahogany with a nice (but quickly fading) beige head. Aroma is straight-up Aqua Net and alcohol, with bits of chocolate, dark fruit, and melon. Flavor is about as opposite from an aroma as a beer can get: dark, smoky oak with candied sugar, raisin syrup, alcohol-infused marshmallow, and a hint of peat in the finish. Full and thick mouthfeel. Excellent beer; pretty potent (duh, it’s 18.2%) but the alcohol doesn’t detract from the rest of the beer. It definitely lets its presence be known but softly steps aside so other elements can shine. I’ll be buying more of this for cellaring.
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A hefty brew. Gives a shiny, motor oil pour with a solid off-white head. Nose of roasted malts and some light coffee. Some alcohol hints, too. In the flavor, though, that alcohol is pervasive, almost dominant. A traditional imperial stout character does come through, however, in the form of rich coffee and burnt malts. Heavy in body with modest carbonation, this is a smooth beer. With the high ABVm it also warms like crazy. Potent and pretty darn good.
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - MAR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark very brown, almost black. Dry, intense oaky aroma with notes of liquorice. Nice malty flavour with notes of liquorice. Long bitter finish.