beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick black with a smooth brown head. Lots of rich chocolate roast in the nose with a nice hop presence. Very thick body with just a touch of alcohol present, but aging will take care oif that. A bit of a mocha coffee flavor near the finish and some sweet licorice taste. This was a really nice imperial stout that will improve a lot with age.
zathrus13 (1683) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and hops. Flavors are coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and hops. There is some bitterness, and the body is towards the heavy side. Thanks to wohlfs for this one.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay, this stuff is just awesome. Absolutely black with a medium sized brown oily head with some large centrally located bubbles. The nose is malt/hopsish with bitter chocolate and alcohol. The taste is malty with very bitter chocolate. lots of alcohol and bitter. WOW good stuff.
DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with bkelley68, thanks Brian!) Pours a dark brown, translucent when held to light, and definitely not black or fully opaque. This is a nice flavored beer, not bashful by any stretch of the imagination. Roasty, mildly sweet, somewhat earthy and strong, moderately bitter. Medium to full bodied, coating the mouth nicely. The strong alcohol isn’t readily apparent. Aromatic, malty nose, somewhat sweet, fairly earthy, strong and pungent, but not particularly roasty. Tan head is small on the pour and fades to a thin halo surrounding some sporadic, wispy topping. Really good, and I ended up drinking most of the bottle before I even got started rating it!
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a perfect 1/4 inch mocha head if it stuck around just a little longer it might get a 5 for apperance. Aroma is of bitter chocolate, coffee, biscuit, slight hoppiness underneath the malt. Flavor is slightly syrupy sweet chocolate mixed with bitter coffee and an underlying hoppy bitterness that balances in the finish. Palate is slightly syrupy but just thin enough to be pleasant. Excellent imperial.
heemer77 (5075) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a bottle into a Stone RIS glass. The body is black as night and the head is a light orange and brown color. The aroma is massive with caramel, coffee and chocolate. There is also a little bit of warmed peaches. The taste is fairly surprisingly thin coffee with milk chocolate. This coats the mouth and lingers. Actually, this is nicely balanced. I had been becoming weary of the massively hopped impy stouts, and this shows me that the style still has plenty of room for some subtlety.
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 (6967) - 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 (5321) - 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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