Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours almost black and syrupy with chocolaty head. Great aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste sweet, roasty malts, chocolate, bit of coffee. Finish long but not overwhelming with slight hops and roast. Palate a bit thinner than you would think but still creamy and enjoyable.
Overall a great Imp Stout.
rondphoto (3743) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque chocolate color with big, dark head. Tastes like an alcoholic chocolate malt; very thick and rich, and very filling. One at a time would be plenty.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have had this in the bottle but waited for the tapped version to rate. Pitch black and thick looking. The smell is rather subdued for the taste that is about to come. Roasted, sweet, and malty. The chocolate and coffee kick in and on the back end. Thick and syrupy mouth feel but still very drinkable. Just so good in a luxurious way.
pushkinwow (2495) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
120z bottle from 2010. Pours a jet black with no head or lacing. Huge sweet chocolate and burnt malt nose, some coffee. Full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy, and smooth with a bitter finish the mellows and keeps on going. Tastes of is not as sweet as the aroma, chocolate is more bittersweet then milk chocolate. Canít get over the 10.5% considering there is almost no alcohol taste apart from a slight bite at the end - incredible beer - looking forward to having some older ones in the future.
Wolfenkopf (188) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is an effervescent chocolate and coffee. Deep and rich. I had to pour hard to get a head out of it, but what I did get was fluffy & the color of chocolate. The brew is infinitely black. The taste is a brilliant mocha coffee with a backbone of sweet (but not too sweet) chocolate. It hits the palate as thick as a sugar-free syrup. The aftertaste turns lightly bitter. Great stout.
johnnnniee (3604) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that doesnít visit for very long. Smells of chocolate syrup and roast, slight perfume aroma and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Taste is roasty and filled with chocolates. Hop presence is felt mid to finish as well as a bit of alcohol bite, which then gives way to a roast bitterness. Body is thick, mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, carbonation is low but adequate. Its a good Imp Stout, hoppier than I like. I wish I had more so I could lay some down.
Revisited this today as I lucked into a four pack of this in VT. Solid black with a thin tan head that subsides but never really disappears. Smells is heavy on the milk and dark chocolate with some roast and earthy hops. Taste is about the same. Hugely smooth silky creamy mouthfeel with a light level of carbonation and a medium to thick body. I donít recall liking this one as much the first time I had it, but I really enjoyed this today. My review reflects this sampling.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ours syrupy thick with deep dark notes of chocolate and coffee. It has a deep sweet finish that stays aroud for a while.
drfabulous (6178) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce from HyVee. Pitch black. Thick. Creamy head. Lots of coffee and chocolate. For some reason, never rated or never had. Beautiful stout.
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark inky black pour, very little carbonation and a wonderful rich chocolate aroma. Flavor is smoky malt, chocolate, bitter coffee, peat and strong booze and slick vanilla on the aftertaste. Solid and enjoyable imperial stout, canít believe I hadnít had this one yet.
Hair6a11 (1461) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle; Pour is viscous motor oil. First brew that Iíve seen that poured in a gloopy manner; comical, honestly. I spent hours sampling two bottles of this brew, in an attempt to not only enjoy myself but to cover the complete spectrum of the flavor profile that this brew holds. This wasnít a disappointment in any way, shape, or form - but it didnít blow me away, either. The Pour is viscous black, with a modest tannish head that doesnít retain all that well; Aromas on this brew cover the chocolate, roasted barley, coffee elements as youíd expect. Itís nice, really - The flavor profile shines, honestly. The metallic element typical of imperials was present for a millisecond and gone. Cocoa nibs, licorice, sticky sweetness, roasted barley/coffee though is what the initial tasting divulged. Some people call this brew complex, but I frankly didnít experience it like some imperials.