Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely stout. Lots of roastiness complimented nicely by a lovely vinous dark fruitiness, almost raisin-y in character.
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared by Papsoe. It pours a beautiful black body with small, brown head sitting on top. Roasted, burnt nose with coffee, some chocolate and alcohol and some sweetness. The alcohol is a bit more evident in the mouth, giving a little warmth to the full-bodied, rather dry beer. Roasted, burnt flavor with chocolate, coffee and some sweetness. Coffee-bitter finish. I normally prefer more hops in my imperial stouts, but this is a lovely example of a malt-driven imperial stout, full-flavored, intense and pleasantly warming. (090514)
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 This is an excellent IMPY stout. It Has it all. Nice rich smooth mouth-feel, yet not to thick. Don’t need to say much more !
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source: 12 oz bottle in a trade courtesy of illinismitty.
Appearance: Jet black pour with a one finger brown head. Quickly dissipated.
Aroma: Roasted malt, milk chocolate and dark fruits.
Flavor: Very roasty. Burned malt finish with a smooth milk chocolate beginning.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: The aroma was a bit off, but the flavor was spot on. Solid, drinkable impy.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from WLVL. Pours Dark oily black with a brown head that becomes a ring. Coffee and a chocolate like that in cheap chocolate ice cream. Some hints of soy that don’t intrude on the rich malty notes. Medium slick body. Coffee and port flavors amidst the rich dark and milk chocolates. Soy notes again that are barely present, but could become annoying if they progressed with age. Roasted bitter malts and hops near the finish that dry up the flavors and balance the rich sweetness. Pretty solid. I kinda really like it, but it falls short of being awesome. Lastly you can’t ignore the lack of heat for 12% abv. Nicely crafted.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Underwhelming aroma. Poor dark, rich, tan head. Barely visible carbonation. Taste bitter coffee, burnt malt. Soft and silky on palate. Slight caramel. Drinks extremely smoothy. Minimal heat for 12%. An excellent, smooth, roatsted stout.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very nice pitch black with light brown head. The aroma is like banana bread and malts. The flavor follows the aroma, banana bread, dark roasted malt, some coffee. Mouthfeel is good, not overly thin or thick. Overall, a good stout.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roast malts, fruity hops, molasses, smoke and oak, dark chocolate, dark vino ripe fruits and a little esspresso. Black as sin with a small medium brown head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is smooth malt and then turns rather bitter on the finish. palate is full bodied and oily soft. Very nice Impy. Best stout from DH for sure. Under rated.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 50th Imperial Stout! Bottle from Armanetti’s on Lincoln. Pours essentially opaque with a slight glug factor. Dark brown ring around the top. The nose is pretty damn nice, very hop forward and chocolate. Minimal vanilla notes but some mild coconut and molasses notes. On taste, this is pretty alcohol forward, though not in a bad way. Very warming and a touch hot. Slippery mouthfeel with more bitter roasted notes and a floral aspect from the hops to keep it from getting to sweet. This one is definitely a keeper.
KimJohansen (10414) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 Black with a medum deep beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, chocolate and vanilla. Intensen flavour with burned malt, liquerice, dark bitter chocolate and hoppy notes. Finished sweet with warming alcohol. Alcohol was so well hidden in this one. Perfect balance. Even better the second time!