Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice dark brown color,small tan head that lasted for a short time then faded to a light lace.Good roasty aroma,with chocolate and mild coffee tones and a mild sweet side coming through as well.Chocolatey flavor with a decent but not over powering coffee and roasty flavor.it started out as bitter sweet and finished off at a nice mellow bitter chocolate and coffee.This is one hell of a smooth nicely done brew,and i wish i had a few 6’ers of this for later indulgence and ageing.Thanks go to Jsquire for sending another fine brew my way.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black, deep brown highlights, with a small tannish dishwater head. Cocoa, soy, and light alcohol on the nose. Flavor is quite large, heavily burnt malts, soy, light cocoa, prunes, with a bit of licorice mixed in. Hop emergence through the middle, that becomes quite pronounced at the finish. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit of cocoa/coffee in there as well. Mouthfeel is solid, flavors are abundant, lacing is rather good, and the finish lasts. This is one rock solid Impy. Thanks goes out to jsquire for the trade.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black and solid as a coal miner's boot heel, the head was a gorgeous frappe of cedar-toned cocoa with bubbly black eyes as big as bambi's. aroma muscles up with a caldron of sticky red fruits-- blackened by a maniacal cajun chef--until they're reduced nearly to the state of fossil fuels. i'm certain that a scientist could render enough volatile compounds from this beer to power a home-made rocket-- one that could penetrate the exosphere. moreover, the aroma has hazelnuts, straw and burnt carob amid it's cocoa-tinged brandy aroma. the flavor however, attempts a difficult merger of creamy, sweet, liquid fudge with lingeringly bitter grapefruit juice. the resiny-black pipe tobacco flavor and alcohol conceal most of the discord, and the buzz arrives authoritatively to arrest further negativity: we happily accept the evidence that a burnt orange peel can be most amusingly engaging.
jtw (1057) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
solid black with very little head. aroma is chocolate and anise/licorice, slightly alcoholic. extremely roasty body with some dark chocolate notes, somewhat smoky and a presence of alcohol. nice and thick palate, and finishes very smooth with some lingering bitterness. extremely complex and intense--i'm impressed!
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
ours dark as midnight with a slight brown head. Fantastic roasted smell with accompanying initial flavor. The roasted malt flavor gives way to notes of coffee and mocha. Slight hints of alcohol start to nudge in but are quickly pushed aside by a delicious smoked finish. The drinkability is exceptional for a beer this big. Very enjoyable and you definitely get your money's worth.
Crash (526) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black appearance with head that is frothy but, doesn't stay around. It has a malty and slightly grain smell. It has a rich sweet chocolate taste with a slight bitter taste at the end.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Peoria Int'l Beer Festival. Very, very dark, with a generous, brown head. Yummy malty aroma has hints of citric tanginess. Full bodied and delicious.
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 Head is initially small, frothy, brown, fully diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, caramel), with notes of tar, vanilla, and smoke. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, oily/velvety texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A fairly plain rendition (second rating and still not finding anything interesting).
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Incredibly dark, brown head. Up front roasted malt aroma, some licorice and molasses, in other words fairly sweet. Full roasted flavor, not quite as sweet, touch of alcohol. Smooth, but a bit thin for an imperial. Nice though, thanks Rudolf.
hershiser2 (1146) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Paid $1.69 for a 12-oz single.
Dark as hell! Looks like the oil that drips out of my car and onto my driveway. Small, fuzzy head. I put a flashlight up to the glass just to see if ANYTHING came through... NOTHING!
Smells a little like burnt soup (you know, you forgot to stir it, and the bottom of the pot burns it on). Smells a bit like a handful of pennies too.
THICK and rich and bitter. This thing is a meal in itself. Bitter, tangy, straight chocolate, and a bit of licorice. I understand an Imperial Stout is a big beer-, but this one is big, but not... I dunno, what's the word?... overly complex, maybe?
Nice & drinkable if you're into a VERY rich beer. This isn't for yellow beer folks.