frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
"I really shouldn’t be cracking this open right now...." So went my thoughts around 2:30 a.m. when I needed to be wide awake at 7. And boy was I right. If ever a beer poured like ink, this would be it. Black as death, oily, and no head save for a few brownish bubbles. Deep, rich aroma of chocolate... a sweet, milk chocolate. Vanilla biscuity malts follow, and a potent alcohol whiff is hard to deny. Huge, thick, syrupy mouthfeel, quite flat. (I didn’t think I’d mind, but it gets a bit hard to drink half way down the glass.) Flavor is as rich and chocolate-syrupy as the aroma, followed by some dank, tart dark fruit and a burnt bitterness. The overall linger teeters between sugary-sweet and coffee-ground bitter, but the flavors leading there makes for a wild and pleasing ride which end at such an odd destination. And given the 12% it’s quite a trip. This beer is as enjoyable as a playful scratch from a kitten: shocking, sharp and laugh-inducing. However, after a few minutes, it becomes, "That was fun, but enough’s enough." ~~~~~~~~~~ Cellared 3 years. Received as a gift at the brewhouse Aug. 24, 2007, consumed Nov. 3, 2010.
jbruner (2285) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to trade with jdb288! Pours a motor oil black with thin bubbly tan head. Aroma and taste are big on the roast, some nice dark chocolate, boozy back end. Thick and viscous, nicely done, booze heavy for me but good.
Klimaet (127) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Vestergaard. Pours black with a thin dark mocca head. Aromas of slight booze, caramel and toffee. Taste is coffee, licorice, sweet dark berries, roast, light chocolate. Sadly a bit thin body.
suprchunk (2160) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour. A slim layer of tan bubbles that are quick to disappear. A fruity aroma mixed with chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is chocolate and roasted grain. A little heat but not overpowering.
GreatDane1632 (327) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a tulip -- Opaque black with zero bubbles. Aroma is roast and malt. Flavor follows suit nicely, rounded out with some strong hops to keep the roast from overpowering. The roast is very strong and presented nicely. This is a very nice Impy.
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. Pours thick and black, with a decent head. It is an IS that is flawless without being exceptional. It would be a good one to have around if one of your friends asks, "Hey, what does an imperial stout taste like?"
Marheb (2001) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un collet qui fuit rapidement, des ton de sauce soya dans une mare chocolaté, un corps qui s’aminci une fois les bulles retirés. Pas le monstre décadent auquel je m’attendais.
Ferris (3800) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark chocolate and cocoa. Jet black with a decent brown head. Chocolate and cocoa, with a light bitterness. Rich mouthfeel and nice.
Iznogud (637) - CROATIA - JUL 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Delirium Taphouse, Bruxelles. Pours black with small brown head. Roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, light hoppiness. Full bodied.
tkline3 (14) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black like motor oil, almost no head but some lacing. Very full mouth feel. Lots of chocolate flavor and aroma. Pretty smooth and balanced, just a wee bit of bitterness on finish. Some reviewers note the hopiness, perhaps the slight bitterness I noticed was the hops, however I found it very well balanced and smooth. A nice Imperial Stout. Curios about what the bourbon barrel version adds.
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MarkPine (16) - - JUL 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours motor oil black with very little brown head. Amazing taste that drinks very smooth. Lots of flavor very complex. Can't wait to try the bourbon barrel version