adam42381 (380) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 On tap at the brewery. Poured into an 8 ounce tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a near-black coffee color with a 1 finger dark tan head which dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.
Smell: Coffee and roasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel.
Taste: Strong coffee taste up front with hints of caramel and malt. Nice dark chocolate aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, nice and creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Very high considering its high ABV.
Overall: Excellent representation of the style. This is one to seek out. One of the best Imperial Stouts I’ve ever had the privilege of drinking.
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The climax of this brewery! After tasting, I will always be looking for this brew every February! Very dark almost black in color with obvious chocolate and coffee aromas! Very delicious brew that I highly recommend to everyone!
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark dark pour with thick tan head. I actually found this one a little disappointing. For all the hype that it’s gotten, I just didn’t think there was much there. It was thinner and less flavorful than most big impys that I drink on a regular basis.
biggsbowler (370) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles - Pours a very dark brown. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and anise. The taste is a bitter, dark chocolate plus coffee and some dark fruit. The body is a little thin. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Great beer! The aroma was light but roasted malts was present. Flavor was great, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roastiness.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a darn good imp stout...did not get a ton of choc on the taste....more on the aroma......great stuff......wish they made more than 500 bottles!
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught. Pours dark black with a rather thin brown head. Aroma is more sweet coffee than chocolate, but there is still plenty of chocolate to go around. I guess I just expected a chocolate overload. Anyway, the aroma also has some nice oaky/earthy notes, and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor was largely the same, with a strong alcohol warming finish remarkable mouthfeel too.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 192 of 600 (2009 vintage I believe)
Appearance: Pours a murky ink like black with a 1 finger dark brown crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves a tiny ring of lace. Simple but sexy.
Smell: Wow I can smell this one from a mile away. Roasted malt and chocolate all the way. Not too much bitterness so I wouldn’t compare it to dark chocolate. More like bittersweet chocolate.
Taste: Really smooth balanced flavor. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and maybe some dark fruit but not much fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Lush and silky smooth despite the "on the lite side of full bodied" nature of this brew.
Drinkability: Tastes great, little to no alcohol presence, but thicker mouthfeel and high abv.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-26-2009
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 A dazzling display of strong espresso coffee with a nice estery fruit contribution of raisin and prunes. The beer was pitch black with a low well lasting head which lasted to lace the gulden draak chalice the beer was served in. The flavor was strong espresso coffee, chocolate, milky and dark, with a fruity presence that hinted of dark dried cherries. Some alcohol presence was notable in the flavor, but overall it was restrained. The body was full, but not viscous, and had a creamy texture on the palate. A darn nice beer, some alcohol throughout, but mostly smooth and devoid of harshness. A dangerous brew at 10% ABV and being that smooth. Pint at Flying Saucer in Charlotte.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Foolish of me to only buy 3 growlers. Dark Khaki head forms and holds a rich lace down the side of the glass. Aromas of black strap molassas, espresso, and cacao powder all over the nose with just a kiss of roasted fig. The entry is a flood of sweet and roasted malts that balance themselves quite nicely. A light hop bitterness can be found, but overall this seductive, earthy, chocolate dances through. Doesn’t finish too sweet or too harshly. I really can’t get over this velvety mouthfeel, creamy and slick. The slight oilyness of the beer really helps the outfit match. Sad this won’t be around forever.