miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (5280) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in a tumbler (interesting choice). Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts with a little chocolate and sweetness plus some light hops. Flavor the same, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Average texture. Tastes and feels more like a normal stout than an imperial stout to me.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the source - Black, tan creamy head. Nose held notes of black chocolate cream with soft underlying notes of butterscotch and currants. Sweet chocolate and roasty flavors fade in to hints of coffee and warming alcohol (8.5%). Faint hops try to round out the sweetness, but stays on the sweet side throughout. Medium to full bodied and oily, soft carbonation, soft sweet finish. More hops could have really made this one amazing. Still ok though for sippin...
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Sable with a beige head. Somewhat weak chocolate and charcoal nose. Bitter chocolate and coffee flavors, followed by a bitter baking chocolate finish. Pretty dry. Good.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Smells of figs, dough, coffee, chocolate and candy. Tastes more subdued than it’s smell suggests with a thinness on the mouthfeel.
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap-pours a big, creamy brown head with black color. Aroma is dark malt, coffee. Taste is dark malt, coffee, alcohol. Somewhat sweet. Not my taste, nicely done.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at brewry with Clarkvv 8/11/05: Opaque dark black color that almost sticks to the side of the glass when swirled it’s so dark. Atop it sits a large tan head that dies to a small but lasting film and ring around the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, earth, and some grapes or prunes. The taste is a bit sweet, but I didn’t find it to be syrupy or over the top. It starts off with licorice and chocolate, caramel, then roasted malt, near charcoal, and a hint of toffee. Finishes a bit chaulky with sweet sugars lingering on the tongue. Full bodied, medium carbonatoin, creamy chewy body.
ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 On draught at the brewery, 8/11/2005 with Bucknaked. Big tan head recedes quickly to cover, tons of lacing as usual. REALLY dark black and opaque. Aroma of dry, nutty malt, earthiness and light roast. Cigars perhaps. Some prune-like vinousness, but again, low aroma overall (even sticking my face in the glass). Flavor begins with some sticky caramel, a bit of black licorice and some smoky, charred wood. Dry, salty black malts. Sweet toffee and a hint of anise and vanilla. Dark, bitter roast on the end. Retro smoke with some chocolate undertones. Hops and alcohol are up front, before it really gets dark and bitter. Seems it could use a good deal more chewiness. Getting some alcohol apparency in the nose as the beer progresses. Pretty flat, some ashiness lingers along with cola and caramel (kind of an odd mix). Loose and somewhat thinned out, but not overly watery.
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at CT Brew Fest. Aroma is mildly sweet with some chocolate and the typical licorice notes that City Steam always has. Opaque dark brown/black with a brown head and nice lacing. Sweet start with lots of sugars turning chocolate and roasty. Finishes very sweet and roasty. Extremely sweet for an Impy Stout. Almost as though it wasn’t fermented enough. Unfortunately, the girl pouring this beer was told by the brewmaster to say it was 20% ABV. Because of this lameness, I have deducted overall points.
boto (2102) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Draught: I was a bit disappointed in this one. I expect Imperial stouts to be more full bodied and flavorful than this one was. It was good, but more of an "Imperial Stout Light" than anything else. It was still very drinkable, but just not all I would expect from an Imperial Stout. Re-rate 9-07: Definitely improved from the last time that I had this. Much more body and flavor than before.