HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (22oz). Shared with biegaman, via trade with Irishboy. Thick-looking, near-opague ruby-black pour, smallish tan frothy head. Deep roast coffee/cocoa, bitter, herbal, slight treacle. Taste - same, bitter, thick, treace-ly, some syrup, hint of cola - no oak or borbon or anything at all - strong, but subdued - blended and impy-ish. Slick, roasty, mild carbonation, bitter-burnt finish. Lovely, well-done, not over the top, woody and silky - well done.
kallay (3) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2008 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled at GABF for the first time. Probably the most orgasmic first encounter with a beer I’ve ever had!
A - Dark brown/almost fudge-like, with a rich 3-fingered head of tan.
S - A walnut brownie dunked in a cup of espresso.
T - Dark flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dusty cocoa.
M - Full bodied, goes down like melted pudding, but with nice acidity.
D - Seriously, like someone melted your favorite decadent dessert and married it with a mellow stout.
I cannot remember being blown away by a first impression like this in quite awhile.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at SBWF08. Pours out in a black colour with a creamy pale brown foam. Big and bold, yet deep and quite refined aroma of milky dark chocolate, oak, blackberries, vanilla, roasted malts, mild sweet licorice, fudge and mild alcohol. Full and creamy mouthfeel with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, dark berries, vanilla, anise and oak. Long warming finish of oak, licorice dark chocolate roasted malts and roasted almonds. Tasty!
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to jjpm79 for the bottle!
Black, large decadent tan head, long lasting. Nose is quite sugary, lots of malt, milky chocolate, sweet fruit, oat, alcohol. Not very cohesive. Flavor is less so, lots of bitter coffee and strong alcohol smack. Huge body, but too syrup like. Some minor hop in the background. Overall decent, but not much nuance after the initial punch it delivers.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to ajm for popping my trade cherry. Pours jet black from the bottle with a firm reddish brown head. Light in the nose, but overwhelming in flavor. Full of dark cocoa, molasses, licorice, caramel, coffee, chalk, and mild hops. Full-bodied and syruppy. Worth hunting.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had some of this on tap at Hamltons Tavern in San Diego.
Ahh man, this is some seriously dark and good stuff with great tanins and burnt espresso flavor.
This imp stout is definitly in the big boys league.
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours beautyful pitch black with a caramel colured creamy head that lasts. Aroma is hoppy and roasted with lots of chocolate, coffee, caramel/toffee and vinious. Flavour is again hoppy and roasted with lovely chocolate, coffee, caramel/toffee and the viniousity which contributes to a nice volume and creamyness :o)
thewolf (11930) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
[my 4,000th rating!! (and 100 places)]
Pours motor-oil black with a fine, creamy, light beige head. Great duration for an IS. Wonderful aroma, light biscuity malts behind a heavy roastiness, some tar, some vanilla, some light bourbon notes. A whole lot of dark chocolate. Light carbonation, great creaminess. Flavour is intense, the hops are very present, hard roasted malts, sweetish chocolate. Good amount of alcohol warmth. There is light ginger and vanilla notes from the oak as well. It is a very good beer, but somehow there is a little bit missing... mostly softness.
shadey (2067) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured into a big brandy snifter, the color is glossy black. The aroma is lots of bitter roast and rich chocolate. The flavor is deep dark chocolate and biting hop bitterness. Good but not particularly interesting. Hopefully I can try it again the future and discover what I’m missing.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Afterexile. I love the aroma and the licorice and woodiness in the flavor. This rich and complex flavor stands out. I love this beer! It has a certain tingly texture as I sort through all its nuances while other RIS beers are heavy and sweet. This one keeps my attention and has a nice coffee-like finish. Thanks Kevin! The only negative is there might be a bit too much of the licorice aspect when the wood pieces shine.