snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted side by side with the 21% 2003 CA release. Mostly the same: Pours black as motor oil, minimal head that quickly vanished, never to be seen again. Boozy, dark fruit and coffee aromas. Dark chocolate and raisin flavors predominate, the alcohol is predominant.
Not quite as good as the 2003 that we had with it, itís a little too overpowering and the carbonation isnít there. Very port-like.
bhensonb (12960) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From file last updated 2010. Bottle. Pours black with slight tan head. Aroma is complicated. Full bodied. Alcohol. Treacle. Complicated flavors suggesting old things.
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a medium brown with no head. 12 years old at this point. Aroma was of port, dark fruits, chocolate, light roast. Flavor was similar, much more like an old English barleywine, dark fruit and chocolate and still really hot.
cheap (4755) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2015 This beer ROCKS! Had this at the 2014 RB Pittsburgh Summer Gathering at Horny Devilís place. Actaully it was after the equinox at the beginning of fall, but DILLIGAF. Big thanks to James & Michelle for hosting such a nice spread of quality beers and for this particular beer a GIANT thanks goes out to beerman6686. Was not expecting much but what I got was shades of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin) or OíHanlonís Thomas Hardyís Ale (2003 - 2008) - good stuff. Smelled like old, real old merlot. Big and black on the appearance with no head. Yes, a fine refined taste of well aged barley wine. A little hot on the back of the throat but that is of no consenquense. Reminds a bit of fine aged wine or sherry. Smooth and easy. Overall, a nice brew to start the tasting event off with. Yes, much better than expected. Yummy, actually.
Art (2534) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pours a dark cola color, slightly translucent. No head. Completely flat at this point. Aromas of fig raisin caramel alcohol. Taste is sweet with a ton of heat still. Reminiscent of a big barleywine. Oxidation. Decent for what it is.
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big time Booze but drinkable considering. Easily the biggest stout Iíve ever had. Felt like I drink a pint whiskey straight after this one. Gotta try it once.
Aniela (4198) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with no head. Malty, dried dark fruits, chocolate, leather, salty, vinous aroma. Malty, dried dark fruits, vinous, leather and chocolate flavour.
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Incredible sweet and boozy. Thin looking pour, fast fading head. Roasty malts and alcohol on the palate. Good, but tastes like a schanpps.
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Pours pitch black. Aroma is caramel, raisins, and alcohol. Taste is SWEET, easily the sweetest beer Iíve ever tasted, but somehow not terrible. Not a shred of bitterness, almost no roasted notes. Almost no carbonation. I would possibly sip on this again.
ben4321 (5085) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: Bottle at Paulís Blind Impy Stout Tasting, 1/5/13, Imperial Stout Rating #100
Aroma: The nose is really sugary and sweet, with some caramel, toffee, and chocolate as well
Appearance: The pour of this beer is brown-black in color with absolutely no head or lace
Flavor: The taste is also just super sweet, a little oxidation, and just more sweetness on sweetness
Palate: The body is on the thicker side, with less heat then expected, and a bunch of stickiness
Thanks Paul! It was really cool to try this 10 year old bottle, and honestly was probably one of the highlights of the tasting for me, despite the fact that it was so sweet that it bordered on being hard to drink. Iím still really glad to have had a chance to try it.
blipp (7361) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Huge thanks to Paul for busting this one out. Pours black and flat. Super sweet and sugary, with caramel candy, lighter roasted malts, and dark fruits. I actually really enjoyed this. I could knock it for being so damn sweet, but in small doses, I really like sweet beers like this.