mjs (5112) - Helsinki, - FEB 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l - 2012 Vintage, from Alko, 20130215) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized, dense and light brown. Aroma had roasted malts, wood, vanilla and chocolate. Palate was full bodied, warming and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, vanilla, wood, vineousness, toasted bread, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste was woody, roasty, ashy and bitter. The base beer was a bit too hidden by the effects of the wood.
koleminer20 (933) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL corked and caged bottle, 2013 vintage, shared with ebone1988. The pour is a medium black with a thinner light tan head and a good lace. The champagne definitely throws the typical head density out the window. The aroma is definitely carrying a resounding sweetness from the champagne yeast, but the chocolate hops on that pretty well. There is a decent roasted malt and a good chocolate depth. Light coffee and vanilla notes poke through and there is a good oakiness on the back end. The flavor is incredibly sweet. Not even chocolate or malty sweet. Champagne sweet. There is a bourbon flavor that moves in half way through and carries out the back end. Malts kind of make their presence known and then fall off. The mouth feel is really light and watery. The carbonation isn’t really prevalent and this baby jumps off the tongue quickly. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet bourbon and a touch of oak. By God I’m glad I don’t have any more of these. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ebone1988 (323) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20, 2013 vintage. Aroma is champagne, milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla. Appearance is black, light brown head. Taste is pretty bland, sweetness overtakes with light roasted malt, milk sugar, chocolate, slight vanilla. Mouthfeel is light, not much booze or barrel presence, not much happening. Overall, very disappointing.
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Pours brown black with a tight thin mocha head that lasts. Aroma has wet oak chips soft bourbon and a meld of chocolate and licorice. Taste is warming alcohol bourbon wet wood licorice subtle chocolate. Palate is medium fizzy warming booze and finishes dry.
Pitdogg (2) - Charlotte, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really loved this!!! Complex flavors that truly linger on the palate.
Habanero (3084) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, vanilla and bourbon notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with alcohol too. Medium bodied, oily tocreamy texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Impy. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Theydon_Bois (12093) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Cads 10th Anniversary bash, 2012 vintage thanks to Daniel, 29/03/15.
Black with a decent tan covering that retains well.
Nose is rich chocolate, dark fruit rinds, dates, light spice, charr, suggestion of alcohol.
Taste comprises mellow dark fruitage, molasses, chocolate pudding, toffee fudge.
Medium + body, soft to oily mouthfeel, lightly warming alcohol in the close.
This one exceeded my expectations, xolid impy action.
Atom (1675) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2013, pours a dark brown/black with a large tan head. Sweet aroma, oak, caramalized bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and mild fruity toasted malts. Upfront chocolate, vanilla, sweetness fading into bitter smokey roast and coffee, oak, and finishing with boozy bourbon.
ljthiessen (646) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Black pour with a mocha head. Aroma is very chocolatey, creamy, fairly boozy, bourbon cuts through. Flavour is dark chocolate and coffee, boozy with bourbon notes, a little light palate for the ABV but tons of flavour. Very tasty.
salvaticas (523) - - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. Smooth and malty. Good balance. Nothing unique but well done.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lele (222) - Padova, ITALY - APR 3, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
ASPETTO: nero impenetrabile, con schiuma marroncina, fine abbondante e persistente. AROMA: il bourbon le fa da padrona, accompagnata da cacao e note tostate. Invita tantissimo alla bevuta. GUSTO: il bourbon avvolge e riscalda la bocca, sempre accompagnato da un abbondante cacao (dolce e amaro). Sentori chiari anche di frutta rossa sotto spirito (ciliegia). Nel finale emerge dell’ottimo caffè, senza mai far scomparire gli altri sentori. Retrogusto persistente un po’ amarognolo, per le note tostate. Carbonizzazione medio/bassa, corpo strutturato, dalla consistenza quasi oleosa. CONCLUSIONE: un’imperial stout praticamente perfetta, almeno per i miei gusti. Assomiglia molto alla sorella minore, la black chocolate, ma dai sapori più intensi e con un liquoroso più accentuato. C’è poco da fare: Oliver Garrett le imperiale stout le sa fare davvero!