BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ME LIKE...ME THINK ALL FOUNDERS GOOD...ME WANT MORE!!! This beer undoubtedly brought out the savage in me. Pours a black past midnight, visually the equivalent of crude oil with only a paper-thin khaki head. Robust flavor and aroma; both carrying rich belgian chocolate, roasted kona coffee, toffee and caramel. The alcohol is hidden extremely well by the juggling of flavors. UGH!!!
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 On Tap @ Rich O’s Publick House (Probably a little vintage, maybe ’06 or ’07?) as part of their Gravity Head Festival. I have been waiting to try this since I visited Founders last year. Let it be known that it did not disappoint, actually I have never been disappointed with any of Founders’ brews. Oily black/brown with a nice, but small tan head. Aroma was of chocolate, malt, coffee, and definite caramel. Taste was much the same, very well balanced and no alcoholic bite at all - very nicely disguised. A slight bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was actually a bit thinner than I expected - but still medium thick-bodied. Excellent.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at the second Doubletree tasting, provided by theisti. Thanks! Pours a sans light black with an olive green head and an aroma of coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor is creamy, thick chocolate coffee and brownee. Feels like chunky brownee batter on the tongue. Utterly fantastic. MUST HAVE MORE.
alobar (2753) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black and syrupy with a copper-colored head. Complex aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Rich, complex taste-chocolate, caramel, roasted malts. Full body with a hint of alcohol. Awesome!
nolankowal (926) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle cracked by ogglethorp. Oilly black pour with a tan head. Aroma of bready caramel malt, dark chocolate, light vinous elements, boozey fruits, and some roastiness. Flavors were similar, chocolate, roasted caramel malt, boozey dark fruits. Thick body, bready/bittersweet/roasty with a roasty/bittersweet/light vinous finish. Age has been good to this one.
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
05 bottle thanks to drewbeerme. Poured a thick black color with a moderate tan head that diminished to a ring. Aroma of chocolate, some roastiness, and a hint of caramel. Smooth chocolate malt entry, caramel, and hints of spice and slight fruity undertones. Smooth, a little alcohol detectable, but it doesn’t detract from the beer. Really nice, thanks Drew.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from styles on 12/28/07. Tried at PP bottle shop. No head. Malty sweet. Black color.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
hapjydeuce (931) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!