danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep solid black with a micro tan head. The aromas are bakerís chocolate, oatmeal, a touch of booze. The flavors are semi sweet chocolates, light doses of dried dark fruits, powdered sweet malts, heavy roasted malts build towards the middle with some dried darker roast coffee bean. This makes things seem drier then earlier. The mouth is full bodied with a thinner feel that becomes drying. Overall a solid IRS.
SSSteve (3899) - - APR 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. not opaque black with small head. roasty dark chocolate and toasted malt nose. palate is silky smooth although a bit boozy. flavor has notes of dark chocolate and bitter charred malts. no sweetness here. minimal influence from the oak barrel.
Tmoney99 (11554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate malt and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet dark chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. This beer exceeded my expectations.
pushkinwow (2184) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10.14oz bottle curtesy of Matt from Capones - thanks! Pours a dark black, no head or lacing - seems to be hazy. Malts, alcohol, some grains. Odd taste - bitter but a cloying sweetness, not bad finish but nothing to write home about.
jookos (3105) - FINLAND - APR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black, full, a bit sweet malty, but not disturbing. liquorish, a bit of coffee. heavy on the palate. not too overpowering. long, smooth, with the roasted malt clearly shining through.
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 33cl bottle from IPB. Best before September 2013. Lot A.
Appearance : Pitch black with small head.
Aroma : Roasted malt with coffee and hops. Light raisins. Quite hoppy and sweet.
Taste : Sweet roasted malt with hops. Some coffee. More coffee on the finish with hops. Light alcohol twist on the finish. Nice dark chocolate on the finish. Lengthy finish.
Palate : Really soft carbonation. Full body.
Overall : Rather sweet and round in mouth. Nice coffee and nice hops. Finish is also rather sweet. Quite drinkable considering the style and the abv. I donít get any acidity like I had in the previous rating. This is not the same batch and itís not past itís prime so Iíll give all the credit to this rating.
330ml bottle thanks to jeffo. Best before 03/2011 Lot A.
Appearance : Pitch black with small brown creamy head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Lots of coffee with chocolate. Roasted malt and resinous hops. Light licorice and spices.
Taste : Nice roasted malt with dark chocolate. Light acidity. Hops. Intense chocolate on finish with hops and coffee. Long finish. Quite warm.
Overall : Got this bottle last summer. Donít know how old it was but best before date has already passed. Nice nose and taste. Not too sure about the light acidic notes. Awesome finish. Silky mouthfeel. Nice but not sure of itís age. I will try to re-rate. Rated April 23th 2011. 7,2,8,3,16;3.6
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled the 2009 vintage. Such a good brew. Ridiculously smooth and malty. Really enjoyed the flavoring that is included in this brew. Definitely great when it has been aged.
DiarmaidBHK (3616) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with light brown head. Nice malty aroma. Mouthfeel is similar to chocolate pudding. Big chocolate and coffee notes. Finishes with great linger.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Arendsnest, Amsterdam on 1 April 2011. Very dark colour - almost black and nearly opaque. Lovely rich roasty stuff. Bitter chocolate and creamy coffee on the palate. Firm, but not too heavy, mouthfeel. Not the fullest imperial stout but a very satisfying dark and tasty brew.
Strykzone (5331) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark pour that is almost black and has a small creamy tan head that doesnít last long. A nose that is cream, dark fruit, and cocoa. Flavor begins with a surprising hop bitter and sourness with alcohol. There also grapes, soy sauce, raisins, chocolate, tar, and it is just a bit funky. This is pretty much what one expects an imperial stout to be. No disappointments at all.