JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a dark brown to black a big, velvety head of khaki foam. Great retention. Big sugary, smoky tobacco, and bitter chocolate. The smoky tobacco really comes through in the taste. Bitter, lingering, earthy finish. I canít get over how much this reminds me of the taste of a good cigar.
DanielBrown (3600) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. I believe that this is almost perfect. Rich smoke, lovely tar and tobacco, with beautiful balance of sweet and hop-punch. Just marvellous. You could drink this all life.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. 12/2011 bottle date, and it says 10% ABV.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown color. The head is a three finger tan shade with large, aggressive-forming bubbles. It settles down into a thin film after a while, leaving decent streaks of lacing on the glass. This one seems to be strongly carbonated - it almost tried to spill out of the bottle.
S: Wow, the aroma features plenty of chocolate at first. Iím really impressed with how strongly it emanates from the glass, too. As it warms up, this is quickly replaced by notes of peat. This quality is somewhat offputting in my opinion - aside from the ham-like smoke, I pick up notes like algae, rubber, plastic, and even electrical fire. It starts off great and ends up falling on its face, so Iíll average it out here.
T: An improvement over the aroma. The peat-laden smoke clusters on the opening, lacking some of the unpleasantries on the nose; itís more of a general hammy/woody tone with a mossy backing. This fades into a midtaste of both licorice and dark chocolate. (in addendum, the licorice qualities here donít bother me...maybe it just bothers me in Stoneís IRS, I donít know) The finish is laden with textbook roasted malt dryness, char, seaweed, and perhaps a faint touch of stewed dark fruits. Itís definitely peaty throughout; if you donít like seaweed and moss in your imperial stout, you will NOT like this. On the positive side, it doesnít drown out the other notes - in fact, itís solidly complex at the end of the day.
M: I was right, this is strongly carbonated and airy in its feel. Dry, too. In spite of that, it does have a substantial heft on the palate - still, itís too lively on the tongue for a RIS. This becomes a better brew in all palate aspects once the carbonation calms down.
O: Rather unusual. The flavor profile is great, but the aroma is inconsistent and the feel is more in line with a BSDA (not unexpected given its country of origin). Having said that, once I got used to the bold peatiness, I did grow to like it quite a bit. Even at $8 a bottle, Iíd entertain the notion of buying this again. Probably not often, though.
CraftBeerNick (707) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at la Fine Mousse, Paris, 10th September 2013. De Molen do these beers very well. This was full of peaty aroma, some liquorice, taste was peat, liquorice, leather and molasses. Excellent Impy
Nische (511) - SaltsjŲ-Boo, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated from backlog. Roasted, a bit bit boozy, nose, milk, coffee, dark chocolate. Dark body with brown head, that last for a while, not a tonne of lacing. Taste is nicely sweet and roasted, some booze. Very well balanced. Overall, a very nice stout.
Blade86 (437) - Wrocław, POLAND - SEP 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
perfect black with beige, big and long-lasting foam; smoky, turfish, chocolate liquor aroma; medium sweetness, light sourness, some bitterness, dark chocolate with alcohol in general, tasty; full body, creamy/oily feel, slightly noticable alcohol, average carbonation, long dry finish;
Overall: very complex, great in every way, fantastic beer
italianjohn (2207) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle dated Dec 5 2011 .... Black pour with a thick frothy beige head that ends up as a thin layer of creamy beige head ... light sticky lacing .... aroma is of smoked peated malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate and light licorice ..... taste is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoked peated malts, light licorice and some dark fruity yeast .... mouthfeel is oily, with a slight tingling bitter hop bite .... finish is dry with a light bitter bite in the end with more bitterness as it warms..... body is pretty heavy ..... the dark chocolate and peated malts go well together .... excellent stuff abv hidden very well
zenkis (485) - Ogre, LATVIA - AUG 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with very huge foam, tan beige one leaving permanent 1cm layer of rocky top, siminish slow. Aroma is intense - vanguard smoked malt, raisins, cocoa, roasted malt, a bit herbal hops afterwards. same in flavor. Taste is dominant sweet with touch of roasted bitter and min sour end. Palate - close to full body, silky-velvet mouthfeel, thick-oily-slick texture, flat carbonation, mild dry finish, aftertaste is like dark rye bread with touch of sour-bitter. Aftertaste is not long. Complex flavor, through smoked aroma and flavor dominance its difficult to catch tiny tones, but that just makes this brew more enjoyable, more tricky. Taste I like the most, although as my first Imp Stout with peated malt, I think it could be some subcategory of smoked one. Good.
NorthlandBrewr (2) - - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I REALLY love this. Heavy peat aroma and taste, but not overbearing. Carbonation was on the lighter side but still present and perfect for the style. I got notes of sea salt in the aroma, which was beautiful against the peat, and the most distant taste of cherry which was really nice against the smoke and dark malts. Not a sweet beer, but itís body holds all those intense flavors together in a way that is very palatable.
Definitely not a beer for the non-enthusiast, but a masterfully done imperial Stout, Iím my opinion. Itís the 25 year old Scotch of beers.
EdInSaltLake (507) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Molasses/caramel sweet, smoky and roasted malt. Pretty nice smoked flavor; a little weird with the sweet flavors, though. A little alcohol flavor... Not much for 10% ABV. Moderate bitterness.