antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a very thin brown head. The aroma is all coffee, with a bit of chocolate. The taste is awesome. Coffee, chocolate, a little cream, a bit of cinnamon. Not sure if you can eat it with a fork, but who wants to?
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Original Rating, December 7, 2005. Black color with no head. Lovely aroma of milk and coffee. The taste is spot on for breakfast: oats and barley with a milky finish and the ever present coffee. For me, everything just blended together in a magical brew. A great way to start your morning!
2008 Vintage, Tasted Fall of 2009. I had been hoping and kind of expecting this to age wonderfully. Black color with no head. Glorious aroma of milk, sugar, coffee, oats and a light earthy hop. See? Good call on aging it! Or... not. Light cardboardy malt and stale coffee taste. Thin bodied. Light roast. If I was going to score this one, itíd be 8/4/4/2/11, however I will leave this extra rating as a warning not to age this magnificent beer. Now excuse me while I go finish off this yearís stash.
pineypower (2305) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Jeff! Didnít have it for breakfast as I think it might be a bit intense for the first meal of the day, but afterall it is the most important meal. Nice aroma of coffee and chocolate. Pours out deep black with a gigantic tan head, head is almost too big for the beer( and yes it was in an English pint as it suggests, haha) . Very nice taste of coffee, chocolate and some sweetness due to the oatmeal. Also notes of roasted malts and some smoke? Very good beer, and I never thought Iíd say this, but I think it has the biggest coffee flavor of any beer Iíve had.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Pours Black, brown head, huge coffee aroma, huge coffee flavor, what else to say this ruled and tasted just like coffee, I loved it
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this one over. Very black. Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Just as well I like coffee. Not sure about 8.3% for breakfast, although Iím sure that feeding this to children (a depicted on the label - surprised it hasnít been banned!) would keep the little brats quiet for most of the day. I thought this was quite dry for a sweet stout. Slightly oily texture. A sumptuous and delicious beer, if a little one dimensional.
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind an opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a fair lacing. It had a chocolate malt nut brown malt raisin coffee aroma. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and finished with a strongly tingly hop end with a lingering mild coffee chocolate aftertaste. The flavor contained heavy malts hops and mild coffee chocolate nuts and roastiness.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong black coffeee with a hint of chocalate in the nose. Pours black. Despite the commercial description, I didnít see any trace of a "frothy head that never seems to fade". Flavor is pure coffee w/ a hint of chocalate, hop bitterness, and alcohol spiciness. Really good beer overall.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Small light brown head that mostly diminished, various bubble sizes, sparse lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Malty, chocolate, alcohol, roasted coffee aroma. Flavor was malty, chocolate, roasted coffee and some vinuous but not overly so at 8.3% due to the coffee taste coming through. Smooth and somewhat thick palate. Medium-full body.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate in both the aroma and flavour. Some instant coffee type flavours, but nice roasty bitterness, perhaps a touch too much coffee, which was probably the only downpoint, because i thought this was extremely tasty, and yeah, i could imagine drinking this for breakfast. If you like coffee, youíll love this beer.
kramer (4345) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via trade w/ ughsmash. Pours an oily black under a chocolate brown head that settled quickly to thin film. Good retention through the whole glass. Nose is chocolate & espresso against burnt malt. Faintly alcoholic and some vanilla notes as well. Flavor is big and bold and very roasty. Espresso, burnt toast, and chocolate. Long clinging bitter coffee finish with a little mineral character as well. Thick and oily on the palate with minimal carbonation. A great roasty Impy for those who prefer minimally hoppy versions. Possibly losing a little coffee flavor due to a little age but still really good.