green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Rich chocolate aroma. Small creamy brown head totally dissipates. Black in the glass. Totally lost the chocolate in the flavor profile which was bitterness riding on alcohol giving a medicinal taste. Oily mouthfeel with virtually no carbonation. The chocolate returns in the finish. Strange. Maybe to young?
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy light brown head on a very dark body. Fruity, yet stout taste, notes of coffee and chocolate, perfect for strong cheese. Very filling flavour, yet the alcohol is well hidde. A pleasure to taste!
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black opaque oily beer, brown creamy head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, caramel and cinnamon. Flavor starts sweet with caramel, molasses, chocolate and vanilla, then it gets kind of fizzy and the bitter side kicks in turning the beer into some tasty black coffee. Some real dark chocolate flavor! This is really tasty.
jb (2349) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 Faint alcohol smell, no alcohol in nose. Pours out quite black with a dark tan head. Not much of one at that, but nice reddish tint to it. Taste the chocolate malt and toasted malt. Not enough hops in the body and a bit too sweet for me. Nice strong coffee finish. Would probably improve alot with age. Iím not a big fan of Imperial Stouts so take my lower rating with that in mind.
Had this again on tap at Beale St. Loved it! I am guessing the draft was served at the proper temperature. The balance was there. Not too sweet. Also, the look was great, along with the nose.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black, small brown head. Aroma of dark choclate, with a little lactose/creamy malt to it. Flavor is like alcoholic carbonated choclate milk. Lots of roasted malty flavors. Very smooth and enjoyable. Thanks to IMTheOptimator for this one!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Bottle, and if you can believe it, I am in northern NJ, yet my pal Richlikebeer, in PA, got this to me. 04-05 bottling. Poured black, like midnight in the depths of evil. Tan head that was HUGE to start, then settled into a tight foamy, yet creamy 1/2 ". Aroma of roasted chocolate malts, with caramel and a bit of smoke. Vanilla and dark fruits.Oh, this is full bodied with chocolate malts and some licorice, along with a small sampling of hops to compliment this dry, sweet stout. I have decided to compliment this with a piece of Belgian Dark chocolate. This is the heavenly liquid version.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured jet black with a dark brown head. Aroma is, of course, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is chocolate but net extremely sweet. Modest alcohol kick but very drinkable. Finish is somewhat bitter and dry but overall rather clean. Not the richest imperial stout Iíve had, but a good one, especially for the price.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a pitch black color. Excellent chocolate aroma with roasted malt. Amazing, somptuous chocolate flavor with roasted malt and a bitter finish. Medium to full body, liquorous texture. Wow, a chocolate loverís dream beer!
Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
04-05 winter brew.yet another gem in my trade with kp.im always very excited to try and any impy stout.this perticular impy pured as dark as motor oil with a tine brown head.as the head sat and simmered it turned a bit white and left nice lacing/webbing on the snifter glass.the frist wiff gave me that "símores" style aroma with chocolate,marshmellows,and gram crackers.followed by some roasted malts,and smoke.i then put the glass up to my lips and my palate recieved the following:roasted malts,chocolate,smoke,a bit of alcohol,and a nice coffee finish.the mouthfeel was nice and full with a hint of acid sharpness.i was very happy with the palate as it continued to change well after the initial sip.this is an outstanding stout.
gerbache (8) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004-2005. From the first smell, the chocolate is there. Once you start drinking, the chocolate is present, but is well balanced with a roasted malt. Alcohol is barely noticeable, despite its strength. Excellent warming brew, one of my favorites.