kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer pours an opaque black with little to no head, not even much around the edges of the glass. The nose is deep roasted chocolate, which was expected, but not as prominent as I would like. Heavy roasted flavors with chocolate as the finish compose the taste of this brew. This is good stuff. One of the best stouts Iíve had. Its thick and chocolaty and lacking carbonation, all adding to the experience. As stouts go, this is easy drinking and makes me glad I picked up a six-pack. This is one to try if you get a chance.
Edit: Iím having my second one right now. I only slightly chilled this one, and the nose is more prominent than my original suggested. There is a bit of ripe fig coming through this one. Iím bumping up the nose. It smells wonderful. I stand by my other numbers.
Trying the 04-05 vintage tonight. The beer has a touch of raisin in the nose. The flavor is also imparted with a bit of raisin, and more alcohol that I remember from last year...I want to see where this goes over the course of the next months. The beer is really nice and thick. I do think that it needs a bit more time to mellow out and lose the raisin character. Iíll hold off on changing any numbers till this batch matures a bit.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
04/05 Bottle. Looks like an impy stout. Beautiful aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, cherries and licorice. Lively and dry mouthfeel. Flavor is very well balanced: chocolate covered cherries, licorice, espresso, brandy and little more dark chocolate. It covers the alcohol very well. It finishes bitter, but a good bitter, like semi-sweet chocolate. This is a very good beer from a rather underrated brewery.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, short brown head. Malty aroma with some underlying sourish notes. Rich, complex aroma. Tobacco. Licorice. Roasted malts. Hops. Dry, lasting finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Pours a solid black body with almost no head. Aroma is all malt here. Roast, smoke, and chocolate, coffee and licorice come out of the aroma. Flavor is the same, a roasted smokey taste dominates the rest of the characteristics making an interesting and enjoyable beer.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
04/05: Aroma of fudge or chocolate truffle, overlaying roastiness, and opening up into malt and molasses. Appears dark black with a thin, creamy light brown head. Flavor is roasty/malty and potently alcoholic, and finishes with an unexpected hoppiness that is bookended with a returning roasty sensation. Palate is thick and coats the tongue nicely. Overall, this beer is slightly greater than the sum of its parts. My thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for this brew.
Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with dark brown foamy head with medium retention. Aroma is comprised of chocolate with strong malt and some subtle coffee in the back. Taste is very enjoyable with some chocolate being easily noticeable with again strong malt and a coffee and bitter ending. Very fine beer for those last cold winter daysÖ
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark and thick. Smooth and creamy feel to it, strong flavor, but not the most complex Imperial Iíve had. A very solid beer, and at 7.99 for a six pack it is one of the best values out there.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 this is the best stout Iíve ever had, without question. the coffee/chocolate flavor is unsurpassed. And the 10.6% alc. is a very pleasant surprize, especially since if I didnít read it on the label -- I wouldnít hane guessed it.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured thick oil black withe a huge creamy brown head that was so thick I thought I might have to cut through it to get to the beer. Superb head retention and lacing. The aroma had a strong coffee smell, chocolate, roasted notes, bread, and caramel. The texture of this was similar to drinking a shake it was that thick. It packs a really oily mouthful and coats the mouth with a film that I could notice long after each sip was down. Flavor was chocolate, roasted coffee at first, but as it warmed the dark fruits became noticable. Fig, plum, and purple grapes were present in as a compliment to the chocolate and coffee once this had got to around room temp. Had a alcoholic warming sensation that accompanied every sip. The finish kind of reminded me of Sam Adams Triple Bock without the nuttiness and not quite the warming sensation.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A thick black opaque color with a small creamy light brown head. Wonderful aroma, chocolate, malts, hops, Wow, great smell to this. Sweet, tangy, bitter, fruity, coffee, rich sweet dessert, so busy but like pieces of a puzzel, they fit together nicely. Iím really enjoying the "Impyís"!