BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ borefts festival 2011
Head: thin creamy, off white
Colour: dark brown
Smell: flat , sweet, malts
Taste: boozy, roasted, malts, coffee, bitter, earthy end .... not that impressive ....
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black. Brown head. Tons of roast, light cocoa. Flavor is bitter, toasty. Harsh. Not so great.
Geokkjer (7346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with tan head. Aroma of peach, roasted malt, coffee and caramel.Flavor is sweet and warming with some coffee and roasted malt.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice imperial stout
olio (9376) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2016
33 cl bottle. BBE 12/2012
Loads and loads of licorice both on the aroma and flavor, salty, still has a full-bodied and thick mouth feel, chocolate seems to have gotten a lot stronger too. This has aged very impressively.
33 cl bottle. BBE 03/2013
Originally rated on 20110123.
Pours pitch black colour with nice foamy beige head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, burnt chocolate, mild licorice and toffee, light fruits and a bit of vanilla and coffee at the end. Flavour of roasted malts, dry ashy chocolate, espresso, vanilla and notes of caramel. Full-bodied, a little alcohol on the nose and aftertaste but nothing disturbing. Very balanced and complex brew.
Mortlach (1966) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/09/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Nera, densa, impenetrabile, bel cappello di schiuma color cappuccino scuro, morbidissima e discretamente persistente. Aroma forte e un po’ invadente, vaniglia, liquirizia, cioccolato e caffè. In bocca non è ben bilanciata, ma nonostante tutto ha un bel carattere. Malti tostati, cioccolato, liquirizia. L’alcol si sente un po’ troppo, e al palato risulta un po’ grezza, troppo dolce e appiccicosa. Non la migliore imperial stout.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my Corsendonk XMAS Ale glassware: Pours a deep brown with some amber highlights topped by a small frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of molasses, d4 Candi sugar, sugar plums and fruit cake, Cavendish pipe tobacco, leather, old oak, and even a little sea salt. Pretty much no hop presence on the nose but also less alcohol than expected which is a good thing.
The taste is full bore sweet malts, dark fruits and dark sugars along with a moderate earthiness that screams old school production. Again, with the exception of some coffee like bitterness and grainy astringency there is little to counteract the heavy sweetness. Honestly I came into the tasting expecting something with a sour acidity as seen very often in Belgian styled Impy Stouts... but this has very little of that. What you are left with is a sipping nearly cloy big arse Impy and I am happy with that outcome. The mouth feel is oily, syrupy, sticky, lush and moderately warming just like an olde skool Impy should be.
Well the final verdict is this, I am happy with this and shocked honestly. I would be more than happy to drink again and next time with a fine cigar. Mikey Likey!
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy and creamy tan head, long retention with light lacing. Aroma is alcohol, prunes and raisins, oak, dark roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is licorice, dark fruits, dark and lightly bitter malt, alcohol, charcoal, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz bottle purchased at the Davis Beer Shoppe. Some roasted choco sweetness is present in the aroma initially, before some ethanol comes through. Almost a solvent-like aroma. Scantly transparent dark brown/black body with a smallish tan head that leaves decent lacing. Starts a little sweet with some chocolate, before this becomes a little roasted, and burnt in the middle. Ethanol follows this. Finishes a bit harsh and bitter, perhaps from both the ethanol and the hops. I don’t know, just not too enjoyable.
Benzai (14282) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Almost pitch black color, thick lacing brown head. Great smell; hops, roasted, lots of (dark) chocolate. Taste (dark) chocolate, lightly roasted, lightly coffee and bitter. Soft mouthfeel. Decent carbo, full body.
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Rum raisin, fig and molasses, light bitter roasty notes with some coffee and chocolate. Some phenol and light acidity, with no discernible hop aroma. Deep dark black, opaque, with thin foamy cocoa colored head with light lacing. Medium-heavy body, not quite oily, with medium carbonation and alcoholic warming. Starts rich and sweet, with tons of raisin, chocolate, fig, vanilla, and rum-like sweetness. Alcohol, light phenolics, carbonic acidity. Medium to light hop character, overshadowed by the huge malt character. Finishes sweet with mild bitterness and is surprisingly thin considering the alcohol content and associated sweetness. Very nice finish with a non-cloying after. Tasty stuff.