JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, - JUL 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at BarHop. Deep black pour with a fast fading tan head. The aroma is lovely. Very big and roasty with a lot of dry chocolate character and a little bit of salted/savory malt. Intensely salty and rich with a heavy roasted component. It’s intense - but it’s not really the type of Impy Stout that gets me going.
Freaky_tiki (790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tend to avoid imperial stouts in hot weather. So the minute this week long Toronto heat wave broke & the humidity disappeared like Stephen Harper’s integrity & the themometer dipped to 21 degrees, I ran the the fridge & grabbed this beauty. Gifted from Hippyhop -- thanks man! Pours Keystone Pipeline oil spill black with a skinny finger of mocha foam as a cap. Nose is coffee shop. Taste is beautiful: dark roasted cup of cofee with a semi-sweet bar of chocolate melted in it. Not in your face & that’s probably why I love it so. This is sipping heaven.
halfonit (1236) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma is very roasted, some bittersweet chocolate and chalky, coal-like notes. Flavour is heavily roasted, with loads of chocolate malt, some wood, oats, but the chocolate and roast dominate this one. Very robust and uncompromising, without being brutal in any way. Excellent stuff.
chinchill (3117) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013? bottle of Grande Noirceur with 9% ABV listed.
Essentially black colored body with a semi-durable tan head and decent lacing.
Aroma: slightly sweet, medium and dark malts with hints of smoke and dark chocolate. Milder than expected, especially after tasting it.
The flavor is dominated by dark roasted grains with a bit of char and smoke. Appropriately bold for style with partially hidden alcohol.
O: relatively dark-roasted version of the style that’s certainly worth a try.
GlasgowTAD (658) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a huge brown head. Aroma is malts, caramel, slight figs and a bit of coffee. Taste is coffee, figs, raisins, dates, cocoa bitterness and slight caramel. Full bodied with thick mouthfeel.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 330 ml) Pitch black pour with a creamy tan head. Light coffee and lots of caramel in the aroma. Some hints of cream and chocolate. Roasted coffee flavor at the start with a rather bitter middle and a heavily bitter and roasted finish. Some light hints of the chocolate at the end.
bigtaster (817) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle into snifter. Black with large light brown head. Nose is chocolate, light coffee notes, some dark dried fruits, plums, raisins. Medium body, very soft carbonation, medium to high bitterness, medium sweetness. Long dark chocolate bitter finish, hints of dried fruits. Not bad.
Chudwick (2475) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle - nose is molasses. Sip adds black licorice and coffee. Reminds me of the stale licorice candy from my grandmother’s treat jar. Bitter chocolate aftertaste.
AndyReynolds (1068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by the flaming Chudwick. Aroma is sweet molasses, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Some notes of vanilla and brown sugar come through but faint. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and brings out a little roasted coffee and black licorice.
onceblind (5692) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich dark oily black with a thin Rocky khaki head. Robust aroma of roasted black malt, burnt toast and black licorice. Very large robust flavor with sweet earthy cheated black malt, a touch of bitter smoke, black licorice, and bittersweet blackness.
BelgianBeerGal (3429) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jacksonville bottle. Pours jet black with a big brown head and lacing that lasts forever. Big aroma of caramel and dark malt. Huge flavor of molasses and finishes with espresso bitterness. Very nice.