fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, oily roast, dark chocolate and coffee seem normal to the style, but there are big notes of berries and tree fruit that seem odd, but not necessarily out of place, some dark fruit, roasted nuts, lots of herbal hops and dried cattails. Flavor has lots of oily roast up front, overdone croissant, dark caramel, roasted nuts, sweet tree fruit, earthy, tobacco, campfire smoke, bittersweet chocolate chips, molasses and hints of licorice and warm pie spices. More dark fruit and spice come out as it warms. Heavy body with a creamy entry, oily middle, dry, somewhat astringent finish and light, sharp carbonation. Nice, no-razzamatazz Impy stout. It’s awesome, and very complex, without needing adjuncts or special aging vessels to achieve it.
ghendrix (102) - Cardiff, WALES - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage. Pours deep reddish brown with good beige head, reduced to thin lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, fruit cake, roasted malt, liquorice. Taste is medium bitter and medium sweetness. Alcohol is well masked. Finish is long and ends with bitter roasted malts and coffee, and warmth from alcohol. Nice heavy body and smooth mouth that you’d expect from this brew. Lovely.
CapFlu (4502) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Left4Beer. Pours a thin beige head atop a deep brown body. Very alcoholic, molasses, and chocolate. Very boozy, rum and coffee. Great flavour profile.
Melkart (287) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well balanced alcohol. Coffee taste and smell. Great texture and medium body.
robinvboyer (3087) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
250ml bottle bottle from a liquor store in rocky mountain house alberta.
Jet black pour, opaque and viscous, with a dark rocky mocha head. Intense roasty aroma, loads of cocoa, dark coffee, burnt espresso, and some strong soy notes also. The mouth feel is viscous, and luscious, the carb is soft, but fitting. The finish is slightly sweet, with a strong bitter finish. More notes of bitter cocoa, and strong coffee, with loads and loads of roasted dark malts. This is what an imperial stout should be.
Mark_Eck (655) - - JUL 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black. Aroma is sweet chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, and has a bitter and smokey aftertaste.
Habanero (2588) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt chocolate and, smoked notes.Sweet flavor that ends dry and quite bitter. Full to medium bodied, oily texture and soft carb. An excellent Impy.
Philym (985) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Dark brown/black with finger thick beige/tan head.
Aroma: Cold coffee, chocolate, liquorice, light fruit cake note, bready, peat note.
Taste: Medium bitterness, low sweetness and low/medium sourness. Slight saltiness.
Palate: Thin smooth texture, light body, low/average carbonation, abrupt, fairly dry, malty cold coffee, fruity finish. Slight alcohol note and subtle warmth.
Comments: Good and glass lace. Rating is for 2013 vintage. A bit young for this one but still got another one left.
allmyvinyl (3189) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
275ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours deep dark black, light just about makes it through, thick, long-lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, prune, liquorice. Taste is dark chocolate, sweet, light coffee bitterness, charcoal maybe. Chewy texture, rich and full-bodied. Lovely.
AndyW68 (1061) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark near black pour with dark tan head. Aroma is roast chocolate malt, coffee and a hint of vanilla. Taste follows nose.
beerluva (14) - Monroe, Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours inky black with nice creamy head which stays throughout. Aroma is fantastic coffee and hints of smoke, roasted malt. Exhibits medium sweetness on the front with a slight bitterness on the back end. Full bodied and thick with a long finish. Overall a great imperial with a cool history, would definitely try again.