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RATINGS: 1645   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle from styles on 12/28/07. Tried at PP bottle shop. No head. Malty sweet. Black color.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle via tetrik, thanks. Pours inky black with a brown colored head with yellow highlights. Aroma of chocolate, roast, coffee. Flavor is huge blast of roast, chocolate, toffee, coffee. Palate is full bodied, mildly carbonated, finished silky sooth and bitter. This stuff is doing awesome!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (926) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottled shared by wetherel at the PP Bottle Shop with DenverLogan, goldtwins, Sean and Ryan, thanks! Absolutely still and silky pitch black pour with stained edges. Great aroma of caramelized black malts, coffee grounds and burnt earth. Savory flavors of smoky coffee and rich chocolate espresso work out nicely. Citric finish with light oxidation and a long bitter aftertaste cap this one off very well. Chewy, soft body and flavors improved well with warmth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 bottle poured at 1/28 Houston tasting, thanks to theisti. I’ve been wanting to get a try at this Impy, but couldn’t find it, and it did not disappoint. It poured a thick, black with a thin brown head which dissipated rather quickly. The smell was luxurious with fragrant coffee and dark chocolate. Wow! Taste was like a chocolate brownie. Mmmmm!!! Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy with a dry aftertaste. What a treat! Loved this Impy!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours black with 2 finger brown head and nice lacing. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Thick creamy month-feel. Chocolate ice cream upfront with big malty finish. Thanks to my secret santa for this!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1768) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2008
2006 rating - Beer poured really dark brown, almost black. Little light passing through. Large head emerged 10 sec after the pour, but faded quickly. Flavor was really chocolatey and coffee. Almost like drinking a mocha shake...thick! Excellent…with a hop bitterness on the end. The only "down" was the prevalent alcohol flavor which made this a tad too sweet, otherwise this would have been up there with the greats. Maybe letting a bottle age a bit would help.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Thanks to theist for this beer. Poured at the 1/28 Houston tasting. Pour is as dark as oil with a great thin, dark chocolate head. Rich chocolate and coffee aromas on the nose...which hops just lingering in the background. I could already tell I would love this beer at this point. Milky dark chocolate with nice hop bitterness...almost like eating double chocolate fudge. Mouthfeel is very nice and creamy...this is dessert! Thanks for sharing Tim!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
22 oz bottle courtesy of tjthresh, 7th bottle sampled at the 1/28 Houston tasting. Pour is opaque black with a tan head that fades fast. Very nice looking beer. Aroma of big roasted coffee malt and a hop twinge - piney. There is dark chocolate in the nose as well. Taste is big dark chocolate, roasted coffee malt and a mouth-coating full bodied finish. Syrupy. Really nice, super tasty. Thanks for giving this one away Tom!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
12oz bottle from mreusch. Hell yeah! Pours like 10W-30 with a thick dark brown head. Loads of chocolate (both milk and bitter) and roasted malt on the nose. Nothing subtle about it. Silky smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, a hint of smoke, black liquorice, charred wood, blackstrap molasses and vanilla on the tongue. Full bodied. Silky smooth. This one was above and beyond my expectations. Although I am a sucker for any non coffee dominated Imperial Stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
12 oz bottle from BBB63; nose is huge in chocolate and roastiness! Opaque brownish black with a small rusty-cinnamon head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, light hop bitterness; alcohol is absolutely covered; finish is light bitterness, and more chocolate; this is a great winter warmer, but would also be a great summer ACed house beer as well!


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