atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with late growing compact tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, fruity hop aroma, and a burbon like alcohol aroma. Big feel and smooth flavors, roasted malts with nice smooth (but also sharp) coffee flavor and a decent amount of hop presence. On the finish a woody burbon influnced finish that lends a very nice lingering character.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahh... what a brew. Pours a dark black with a dense brown head. Aroma is filled with bitter chocolate, dark roasted grain, and a bready yeastiness. Flavor is in line with the nose and is surprisingly smooth. Not too thick, but appropriate for the style. Aftertaste has some grain bitterness and lasting hop bitterness along with a warming alcohol sensation. The second one I had was much more enjoyable than the first.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured opaque black with a thin caramel-colored that receded to the edges of the glass. Wonderful aroma consisting of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and other related roasted goodness. Beer coated the mouth well, somewhat sticky. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and a little alcohol were powerfully well-balanced. Nicely warming and bittersweet finish.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 In daylight, it pours a very thick, dark brown with the thinnest of sustained cocoa heads. The aroma is roasted malts and barley, strong coffee, and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat. The flavor is roasted and sweet malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a bit of warming alcohol. This satisfying drink has a long dry finish. This is an impy worth cellaring for a while.
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goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a thick opaque black with a small brown head. Roasted aroma is dominated by cocoa with some alcohol (not too much though for 10%) and some dark fruit. Flavor of dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and a bitter finish that lasts for a while. Very warming but the alcohol flavor is hidden very well. Full bodied thick and creamy.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oil can black with a creamy tan head. The musty-ness on this bad boy is over the top. Deep seeded notes of dark chocolate, raisens, plums and bourbon blend nicely with a cautioning 10% ABV - all working together to warm the aroma. The body is chewy, thick and quite lovable. An absolutely delicious after dinner brew. I love everything about this Imperial except for the slight ’rubbing alcohol’ taste in the finish. The ABV isn’t hidden well enough for me (maybe it’s the batch?). Everything else is damn near perfect though.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Am I missing something here? This pours out of the bottle with absolutely no carbonation... reminds me of 1996 Rogue Imperial Stout... after a bit of pestering it into the glass there’s a small film of dark brown bubbles. Palate is very thick and sticky, turning to creamy milk chocolate and a nice, roasty cream and bread flavor, burnt malts galore... smoky, sticky and close to perfect. The low carbonation definitly adds to the mouthfeel. Rich, lucious fudge, leading to a peppery yet creamy finish, complete with just the right strength of smoky, charred firewood flavor. If I had access to the beer on a regular basis it would be in my fridge at all times.
hezron (606) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz bottle from a six pack at the Dark Lord pre-release gathering. Thanks for sharing! Dark, black with a small brown head. Licorice an rasins in the aroma. Somewhat roasty flavor with oatmeal and dried fruit. Creamy/chalky on the palate.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich opaque black color, with a small filmy head of light tan. Aromatics are very roasty, burnt, malt accented with a touch of chocolate and fruit, along with the aroma hops, which are fortunately very mellow and only provide a slight hint of apricot and citrus fruits. Flavor begins with a plethora of sharp anise notes, which leads into a light array of currant and charred fruits. Chocolate covered truffles finish things out, underneath a rich roastyness and an easily perceptible hop flavor and bitterness on the finish. A bit hoppy, especially in the flavor...compared to what I generally enjoy in the style. But the malt flavor is still phenomenal and the texture and body remains very rich throughout.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and licorice. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, and bitter coffee in the finish. Light alcohol present as well. Creamy and smooth body. Very easy to drink.