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.
cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, with a dark off white head. It was really sweet, it got sweeter at the end as it started to warm up I think. I noticed a nice burnt/chocolate taste as well. The alcohol was hardly noticeable considering it is 18% alcohol. I probably won’t buy this again unless it drops in price ($12.99 for 12oz was a bit much). I must stay it was a pretty nice buzz for 12oz though haha.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Intensely sweet, very strong, brownish-black ale. Besides the alcohol and sugary sweetness, there is honestly not much to this beer. What little aroma there is is slightly malty, slightly smoky, but mostly nonexistent.
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fløska. Deep dark brown colour. Medium brownish head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits and roasty malt with lots of alcohol indeed. Stickish mouthfeel. Sweet flavour of dark fruits and roasted caramel with alcohol and chocolate, bitter sweet roasty finish. Rather unbalanced, the alcohol is too dominating. Alco Imperial Stout.
Fratto (2709) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Hall’s Grocery. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is pepper, floral, a little cocoa, and toffee. Taste is vanilla, very spicy, hints of coffee, a little chocolate, and licorice. Finish is awkward. For an 18.2% beer, the alcohol is ridiculously masked. This was a disappointment (especially considering the $15 price for 12oz), but that alcohol was hidden about as well as it could be.
Cavie (3898) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Fratto. Glad we got this before it was pulled off the shelves. Pours a dark murky brown color. Aroma is very big in alcohol and slight nail polish. Peppery and sweet at the same time on the nose. Dark fruit with wood. Wow super sweet flavor with a punch of ABV on the tongue. Was not expecting the sweet flavor. Must be the jasmine that provides the sweetness. Finish is sweet and lingering but not too astringent. Has some tart characteristics on the end also. Still, very well done.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks madmitch76!!! - Pours thin and dk brown with a large tan head that lingers...aroma is sweet, chocolate liqueur, dark fruity malt and vanilla...flavour is sweet as well, roasty brown sugar,burnt wood and grain...prickly heat that heads right to the back of your mouth and stays there long after you’ve swallowed this dark brew, lingering carob and dark malty sweetness and sticky...while it has plenty of heat, I found it to be pretty well integrated, and technically superior to some of the other Imp Stouts out there reaching for 20%...pretty solid in the right circumstance...Thanks Ken!
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours surprisingly not murky black, but a deep brown - a little light still escapes through it in the glass. The head is medium-tan and fine. Nose is booze, cranberries, some hops. On the first sip - wow, this is imperial sweet, not imperial stout. The second sip brings the same reaction. The cranberries come through at the middle and end of the flavor, and there’s definitely a lot of booze in this one, no doubt about that. It doesn’t quite seem like there’s enough going on with this stout to warrant it having this high of an ABV, though. I think this beer would be much better at half the alcohol content. Cranberries and jasmine are a neat idea, but everything in this beer is overwhelmed by booze.