emacgee (3984) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with plenty of light and a two finger creamy tan head. Not what I expect appearance wise. Nose is interesting, nutty, sweet, some grain, chocolate, mild smoke, caramel. Flavor is sweet, fruity, mild alcohol, tad nutty, hoppy, mildly astringent, chocolate. Tastes and smells similar to a brown, very yeasty and estery. Palate is a little warm with some astringency. Different for an Impy.
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2011 330ml bottle from IPB. Bottled May 2010.
Appearance : Deep dark amber with huge foamy and creamy brown head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Rich malt with lots of fruits and some spices. Light hops. Light roasted malt. Light alcohol. Lots licorice as it warms up.
Taste : Rich chewy malt with spices and dark fruits. Finish hoppy and malty with spices and some alcohol. Nice lingering sweetness. Some caramel. Licorice.
Overall : Almost more Belgian Strong than RIS. Carbonation is a bit too intense so I waited a bit and gave my glass a few good swirls. nice sweet malt all along, quite rich with nice fruity notes. A bit too much booze on the finish. Not my thing.
330ml bottle from Cracked Kettle. Brewed 16 Apr 2009. Bottle #433/912. Pours deep black with no head at all. Palate is dead flat, no carbonation at all. Nose is very rich sweet liquorice and alcohol. Some hops also. A bit woody and roasty. Palate is creamy and oily. Taste is sweet, cocoa and bit roasty on the finish. Very sweet. A bit bitter on the finish. Not very pleasant to drink without carbonation. Feels a bit too rich and thick. Same thing happened to my Hel & Verdoemenis. Really disappointing. 090811 8,3,7,2,16; 3.6
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, brewed 5/8/08. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, some lactic sourness, light roast. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa/bittersweet chocolate, some vinous, light alcohol, lactic sourness. Smooth full body, holds alcohol very well.
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Corked and caged...black waxed. Brewed on 14 December 2007 and Bottled on 01 Feb 2008. Bottle # 377 of 524. Not a gusher, but it did spewed a little bit. Poured a deep reddish/brown color with lots of small floaters. Aromas of licorice, woody, chocolate, dark fruits, and roast. Tastes of chocolate, roast, licorice, dark fruits, and lighter roast. Alcohol content overall well hidden.
malrubius (1658) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at pilsnerpeter’s. Thanks to everybody for their generosity. Dark brown with big head and lace. Mild tart chocolate mocha yeasty aroma. Mild roasty chocolate raisin with tart fruit and tart dry finish. Nice soft palalte. Very tasty and different. Delicious.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour with a thick, sticky persistent tan head. The nose is very unusual with a mix of black licorice, plums and a bit of flinty/bretty spiciness. A little bit of mustiness with a touch of musky wildness. It’s surprisingly dry on the palate with the dark plums and dried fruit showing up here more like they do in red wines than they typically do in beer. A nice lingering brett flavour on the back that works quite well with the dark licorice and jammy fruit. A little bit of cocoa/coffee roastiness as well. Man, this stuff rocks!
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2009 Vintage). Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a big creamy tan head that lasts for ages. Nose is slightly vinous and quite fruity and has notes of milk chocolate, cherry, roasted malt and dark fruits. Flavour is similar to aroma but bigger with notes of caramel, berries, rum, vanilla and more dark fruit mixing with with the chocolate, cherry and malt elements. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and also has lively carbonation. This is a very fruity, but very good, imperial stout and while it is great now, I get the feeling that it would be even better with a few years on it.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle #48 - Pours a thin dk brown with a small tan head...aroma is roasted fruit and some milk chocolate, sweet malt...flavour is not quite as expected, fruity and smooth, roasty, plum?...who knows?...interesting imperial stout...
jstraw (1908) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with big, fizzy, creamy tan head / Winey nose of roast barley and grapes / Medium to full body, malty but somewhat thin and acidic, and with fair finish / Reedy flavors of dark roast coffee, cocoa, grapes, prunes, and vanilla / A fair stout, but no Old Rasputin.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle I purchased in Chicago (Binny’s): Deep amber brown with a tan fluffy head. Dry aroma with nice yeast character- fruity and phenolic with some dry cocoa notes and prune. Fluffy light body with a dry flavor. Again there’s some cocoa in the flavor along with mild dark fruit notes (dates, but not sweet) with lots of spicy phenolics. Quite an interesting and against the grain Imperial Stout. Almost seems like the yeast strain is Belgian- but it works quite well here. Nice job. Oh, and there’s no way I would’ve guessed the high ABV.