hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottles acquired in trades with iwantalambic, Jcapriotti, and TannerTavernboys (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. I initially got a stronger aroma of smoke and a dirty ashtray, but this subsided somewhat into aromas of light dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts and a little buttery. Tastes of smoke, coffee, roasted malts and light chocolate. Very light coffee bitter finish. Struck me as thin for an imperial stout and reminded me somewhat of an Imperial Porter.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Bockyhorsey.
Aroma is brewed coffee grounds with lesser chocolate notes. Deep black with a thin head. Heavy bitter coffee in the fore. Little of the soy sauce and gamy bouillion flavors I get in many Imperials. I like this take on it better personally. Coffee and a tingling spritziness in the middle with very dark baker’s chocolate staying till the finish.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured black with a big thick chocolate head that lasted the length of the beer.
Aroma is creamy, sweet and malty.
Flavor is a little watery, roasty maly, coffee with a sweet roasty finish.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle. Opaque black with a small light brown head. Chocolate, coffee, and lactose in the aroma. Roast malt, dark chocolate, some phenols in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and warming.
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 (7361) - 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 (3346) - 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 (8526) - 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 I’ve ever drank.
1FastSTi (3344) - 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 (2570) - 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.