NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Pailhead for this one. Powerful roasty aroma with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Stygian darkness in a glass. Tiny mocha head. Bitter espresso followed by a cream/chocolate sweetness which then finishes bitter. Nice flavor demarcation.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a thick oily black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, Peeps Easter candy, and licorice. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.
Kevin (2025) - Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from the dfw imp tasting, thanks bu11zeye. we couldn’t figure out why the 12 oz bottle says 750 ml, anyone, anyone, bueller, bueller. pours an oil slick with orangesides. hoppy pine and alcohol aroma with some vanilla and bitter chocolate chips. flavor is strong and bitter with a nutty light but sweet chocolate. finish is vanilla and caramel, a bit too sweet. a bit of roast flavor would help this. still good but could be better.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Secret Santa Crosling for this one! Oily black, faintest hint of a dark brown head tried to break the surface. Enticing aroma of chocolate, a bit of coffee, and spruce. Flavor matched, also having some nice dark fruit and liquor notes. Thick in the mouth, flavorful, complex. Surprised the ratings for this aren’t higher overall.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Noire foncée, mousse abondante, persistante et adhérente. Pain grillé, vanille, réglisse noire et alcool forment un quatuor fascinant. En bouche, malt grillé, rôti, et chocolat se marient bien à l’alcool bien présente. Corps moyen, texture huileuse, finale ramenant le rôti. Michigan brewer’s fest, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Juillet 2005.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super thick pour, oozing out as an opaque black mass, and I’m certain this will stain my snifter. No head or movement elsewhere. Blessed be. Rich dark chocolate manifests early in the aroma, joining a cast of brown sugared oats, mocha enriched espresso and cinnamon. Wonderful, in a word. Flavor leads in with dark chocolate in full array. Flame licked pecans smothered in a special mocha espresso blend. Traces of alcohol are discernable, but I’m already thinking about black currant and hammered French roast coffee beans. Oily, dense mass sludges across the palate. Thick and chewy, and succinct in every way. Finishes like an iced, sugarless coffee. Absolutely beautiful. Big thanks go out to Styles for the bottle!
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Eclipse black color. No head. Aroma is fruit, alcohol and chocolate. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts re chocolate, lots of orange peel and coffee. Lots of orange peel, licorice and alcohol flavors. Kind of tough to analyze and even drink. Its VERY alcoholic and very drying. Lots of flavors going on, and perhaps some bottle aging would help. Mouthfeel is full and round and drying. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A big thanks to beerguy101 for once again allowing me another beer from his collection. This beer pours a black as night color with absolutely no head and the smallest amount of lacing possible. The aroma is strong and abrasive with straight wood, bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, mocha and nutmeg. The flavor is full bodied, and flat out thick and sludgy. Its the type of beer which coats the tongue and drains every last ounce of saliva out of your mouth before it goes down...curse that alcohol. Chocolate grainy flavor with heavy orange, licorice, citrus, and heavy lactic qualities. This was a very strange beer that was tough to understand, enjoy and even drink. Definite alcohol presence and back of the throat burn. Obscenely dry finish, chocolately and tongue coating. I pray aging would help this some. I need water now...badly!
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Pailhead, danke. a big bold Impy. Stout that reaches out and grabs you from the very beginning. nose is of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee and some licorice. the appearance has me a little baffled because my pour was flat, no head, lace or anything. flavors are of the same chocolate, roast coffee, black licorice and dark fruit like prunes and such. as this comes up close to room temp., the hop bitterness becomes more apparent and the alcohol starts to warm me as well. as I’ve worked my way through all the Michigan beers from Pailhead, I have a new found appreciation for the brews of that state. Thanks again, Kevin!
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, lasting brownish ring. Bold floral hops come out from the dark malts galore. Plasticy and polishy undertones come from the phenolic nature, heavy in alcohol as well. Heavily roasty even for an impy. The dominant alcohol makes one think of a fortified wine with these dried figs and dates, raisiny juicy presence, but the strong dark chocolate roastiness and overwhelming alcohol don,t work in concert. Smooth palate, silky creamy texture is almost enough to buy the mistakes back though.