gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this one as part of the sampler at the brewpub in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Dark brown, opaque pour with a thick, tan head. Chocolate, strong coffee, dark cherries and orange. Balanced. Very good.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler flight at the brewery. Coffee nose with hints of soy sauce. Thick coffee, mild dark chocolate flavor. Deep, opaque brown pour.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz, no date. Pours a dark brown--black in the glass with a two finger beige head. Aroma of big roasted malts almost to the point of being burned, bitter chocolate, charred wood--though not really smoky, molasses, some acidity, and digging deep a hint of vanilla and raisins. Roasty coffee acidity up front in flavor followed by an alcoholic vinous characteristic, and molasses into a bitter chocolate ashy roast dry finish. This tasted stronger than 7.5% in the mouth, moderate fairly smooth carbonation and a medium body. Not too shabby overall, but not great, either.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 1FastSTi. Dak brown with small lacing type head. Molases,vanilla,coco,and coffee is the taste and aroma of this beer. The body is medium and the carbonation is minimal. Real easy to drink. Reminds me of the new FF Espresso Porter.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One year old bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a large, creamy tan head, lasting, nice lacing. The aroma is loaded with dark chocolate, fairly vinous with hints of vanilla and molases. The flavor is relatively dry, bakers chocolate, molases, slightly acidic coffee and dark fruits. Medium body, relatively light in the mouth for an IS, soft carbonation and a bitter, slightly astringent finish.
Nuffield (4056) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little thin on the edges; dark brown & ruby. Chocolate, coffee, coke, smoke. Thin body, watery. Merely adequate as an Impy.
vyvvy (5730) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sneagrams3 for this Imperial Stout. Pours very dark brown with a crimson hue when held to the light. It has a soapy / rocky tan head that gives nice lacing. The aroma has heavy cream, vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee - quite rich and clean. Medium / full body with a rich velvety feel and a little more carb than normal for the style. The taste starts with cream and lightly roasted dark malt and vanilla. The finish brings a bit of spice from hops, coffee notes, more roastedness and bits of dark fruit. The bitter roast lingers in the mouth. A solid Imperial Stout.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pitch black and opaque. Strong coffee and anise aromas. Full and slick. Great cocoa and bitter chocolate flavors. Rather sweet with a dry finish.
jazz88 (2661) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a solid brown head. A big smoked, chocolate, coffee and vanilla aroma and flavor. Roasted malts with a light coffee finish. This one rated #5 out of 8 in our annual Christmas gathering (12/22/06).
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blackened brown tone with a smallish cap of dark tanned froth. Keeps a lighter shade of brown once fading to a light skim and collar. Very small, dotty lacing sticks as most of it runs back in.
Aroma is of soft bakers chocolate and oatmeal cookies with a slight burnt edge to it.
Taste is good with a nice flow of chocolate and oatmeal sweetness. Well rounded and fairly bold and lengthy. Finish is complex with burnt notes, piney hops, mango, yes, mango, slight peppery spices, and a roasted dryness emerging late with that of which is coffee-like. Slight chocolate dryness is evident as well along parts of the finish. Great finish to this one.
Feel is bold and quite full with a nice mild, dark sweetness of oats and chocolate as it has a unique warming texture thats a bit fluffy yet slick and creamy.
Whoa, this is some quickly drinkin’ dark stuff. Gone in no time flat. And at only 7.5% for an Impy stout, you’ll be reaching for more, bottle after bottle. A solid treat out of Wisconsin.