Habanero (3307) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Pours black with a large beige head. Nose of coffee burned malt. Sweet flavour with dark malt, cacao and coffee. Full bodied. Oily texture.
Soft and slightly bitter finish.
A nice brew but not as excellent as expectet.
ChainGangGuy (4556) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a black body topped by a thin, short-lived tan head.
Smell: Ashen aroma of spent coffee grounds with some supporting notes of dark malts and semi-sweet chocolate.
Taste: Moderately sweet dark malts yield to a blast of roasty coffee and earthy bitterness. Hint of anise. The coffee flavor starts to take on a distinct burnt quality. Ashy finish. The alcohol is well hidden, I will give it that.
Mouthfeel: A bit beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Instead of chiming in with a half-snotty remark, let’s just say it’s "alright" and leave it at that.
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 341 ml bottle from a trade with hogtownhary. pours black with a mid sized tan head. perfect impy stout appearance. aromas are all coffee. nothing else at all. flavours are a full frontal coffee attack with good impy stout underneath. if i had cellared this a little i think i would have really enjoyed it but it was all coffee for me at this age. ill have to get more and try it again when its older. 7/5/8/3/15-3.8////////////////////bottle from volo. 06/06/09. pours black with a small tan head. aromas of coffee, alcohol and hops. complex imp stout flavour with the coffee really shining. more mellow then my first bottle. i great one i under-rated my first try. 8/5/8/4/16-4.1
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bgburdman at c-bus 9. I kinda forgot I had this one. Pours inky black, with a dense, dark tan head. Aroma is coffee, ash, roast, chocolate. Flavor is again roast, coffee, chocolate, ash, earth. Palate is full bodied, medium to mild carbonation, finished bitter. Very nice.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many thanks to Robinvboyer for the trade! Pours a pitch black with a nice thick brown head and great lacing! Aroma is ash, earthy, slightly metallic with a nice fresh coffee-bean note. Oh god oh god, the taste!!! Clearly, coffee and imperial stout go together even better than coffee and regular stout. There is SO much to love here - well-blended dark malts, thick and sweet without any unpleasant astringent character but without any glaringly sweet malt additions to throw the taste. Top this off with rich, fresh coffee - no, espresso - and a warm, bitter, balanced finish that leads to excessive smiling and deep sighs. The body is thick and coats the mouth and throat so you can enjoy it a long, long time.
Thanks again, Robin for coming through with a real winner! Thanks also to my friend Nick who was kind enough to pick up another for me in Montréal so I don’t have to weep bitter tears into the dregs, knowing this one is not my last!
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks a lot pantanap. The color was dark brown/black. The aroma was dark roast coffee, strong malt, and some hops. The flavor was coffee, roast, and waxy/bitter hops. The palate was smooth. The finish was coffee.
emacgee (4404) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks pantanap. Pours a beautiful black brew with a nice one finger creamy brown head. The aroma is very nice roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate lightly sweet, chocolate. The flavor is very big, upfront coffee, roasty, bittersweet bakers chocolate, nice bitter waxy coffee, probably some from the hops too, no alcohol apparent. Waxy bitter palate with a full and nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Goes down roasty.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Newest batch - Pours a nice looking black color with a tan head. Aroma is roasty, creamy, chocolatey - and most of all packs a coffee wallop. Flavor is big and roasty with lots of tasty coffee, some cream, and a bit of chocolate. Full bodied with a nice finish - very good, but not one of the "top" Imperial stouts, nor coffee stouts in general IMHO. I’ll take a Founder’s Breakfast any day over this, though this is good (though not all that much value for the $)
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear dark black color with a large, frothy - creamy - rocky, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, nutty, dark storn coffee, coffee bean dusty, dust, light alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration and a dry dust finish. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy - oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. Very nice ;o)) (120308)
Svesse (6967) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, Ölbaren, Copenhagen, 28 March 2008) Pitch black colour with a frothy, lasting, brown head. Roasted, malty nose with loads of freshly ground, heavil roasted coffee. Roasted, malty taste with the same loads of coffee, hints of chocolate and cocoa and a lovely coffee bitterness in the finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, hardly any traces of alcohol (but mind you, it’s 9,5%). Ok, it might be a bit one dimensional, but the mixture of the stout and the coffee is quite brilliant, it really comes together in perfect harmony. Truely a world class beer! Love it!