TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee, vanilla and cream aroma -- rather faint. Dark, opaque ruby brown with thin off-white head. Initial slight sour-milk flavor quickly gives way to bitter coffee-like roasted malt. Slightly thin palate. Not much going on, but drinkable.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep brown/almost black pour with just a light layer of off-white head. Bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the nose, but not nearly as big as most impies. Bitterness was pervasive across the palate, and almost overshadowed the other flavors. Flavor picked up the deep roasted coffee, some smoke, and seared marshmallow. Finish carried the coffee through, and there was some light alcohol warmth. Not exceptional for the style, but definitely palatable.
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-ya know, i was somewhat dissapointed with this one. first off, this is not an imp stout. this is a strong chocolate based porter. pours deep brown with a very minimal tan head with light carbonation. chocolate, faint smoke, char, cigar, woody, and a faint touch of yeast. flavors dominated by baking chocolate and toasted/smoke malts. thin body and lack of carbonation suffers. this beer has a funky yeast note that didnt work well for me. this beer is unique but not all that good. I have 5 more to sample (well i may trade some off), so i will probably revisit this rating.
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to JPDIPSO for this one. Pours very dark brown with a 2-finger tan head. Aroma of roast malt, big chocoff, figs, brown sugar, hazelnuts. The taste is roasty malty, with a big chocoff mid-palate and a finish that is chocolate syrupy, hazelnutty, and fresh roast coffee. Quite a delectable combination. The palate is medium, a bit on the light side for an Impy stout, but with amazing quaffability and complexity. Nicely done, as has been the case with every Central Waters beer Iíve ever drank.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks JPDIPSO! Pours to a nice dark brown body with a good rocky tan head, good lacing. The aroma has a lactic quality to it, dried dark fruits, charcoal, coffee, light smoke. The flavor has a bunch of espresso beans, dark roasted malts, the taste would be a good replacement to coffee. The palate is pretty rich and robust. Medium bodied with a light syrupy body. Creams up when swished in mouth.
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark color w/ a small tan head well laced. Big roasty malt aroma hints of coffee (not great coffee though) tiny touch of vanilla and a light hop. Palate is full and creamy, & well coated. Flavor is good.. a big roasted malt hints of lactose/milk hints of coffee a bit of a dry finish and a light hop. A very good beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I first poured this, the color & the effervesensce (sp?) reminded me of a cola. Looking at it closer, itís dark brown, clear and with red highlights. The beer is medium bodied, a bit on the light side for an imperial. The aroma is of dried fruit. The flavor is dry, well rounded, but nothing "big" like youíd expect in an imperial. Itís a nice brew, a different take on an imperial stout.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Creamy thick with a nice tan head. Rich aromas of dried fruits and week old espresso. The alcohol jumps right at you but at 7.5% itís not in yer face. The richness coats the tongue allowing just enough hoppiness to clense. Still pretty lively although the head dont stay around too long. A really smooth impy.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Duane, you rock man. Pours 12oz bottle with a red body and tan creamy head. I do not know about warm and fuzzy, but there is a warming to this 7.5% brew. The body is way watery for an Imp. Stout, but I ainít complaining. I love this. As it warmed there was a smoke component and also some wood - earth. Duane, you know I love it dark.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. a dark brown pour with a tan head which melts down to a thin layer of wispy lace. aroma of roast coffee hits you first. flavors are roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, raisins and hints of brown sugar. mouthfeel is creamy, almost buttery, yet barely nedium. the finish is somewhat bitter but not overpowering. as I work my way down to the last few sips, it becomes slightly warming. a nice stout, Iíll try to re-visit this one in the winter.