willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
01.21.06 Bomber, 2005. Black pour with solid tan head. The beer was less imperial than expected, quite dry and very roasty. Hints at anise, tobacco, solid notes of molasses and cocoa. Rather burnt towards the finish where I’d hoped for sweetness or resiny hops, but it made it seem unusual as if it was an imperial dry stout. In fact, that notion was easily extended to the whole picture. Thanks for the sample, Mike.
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Mostly bourbon aroma with some chocolate. Black body with tan head. Bourbon flavor with alcohol presence and texture was thin for an Impy Stout. Dry coco residue left on palate. Rather ordinary for me anyway.
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black maple. Rocky, tiny-bubbled gray-tan foam. Lovely nose of black currants bathing in port. Touch of roast, black licorice, coffee, and hazelnuts. Dry with medium spritz. Airy and firm initially. Possesses just enough softness, however, as ensuing rush of port and moist prunes uphold the body. Chalky, snappy malt spine vivifies the earthier roast twinge. Dab of nuttiness, but there’s little malt depth, otherwise. Tasty blend of brisk roast, vibrant espresso, and dark chocolate truffles is washed away by the char induced astringency and dryness. Quite gritty with some mineral heftiness and more astringency which ride alongside a plethora of fruity esters, ink, and espresso softness to lighten the hard malt frame. Finishes suggestively dry with a salty char accent as notes of black currants and molasses rise to the surface and linger. A pretty nice Imperial.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate and coffee on the nose with a strong bourbon note. Pours black with an off white head. Bourbon upfront with oak flavors and vanilla with chocolate malts, a little thin and there’s a very mild tartness. Not bad.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Black pour with off white head. Full roasty aroma, chocolate and malt. Full bodied, licorice, chocolate roast nuts. Long finish witha hop note.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Translucent muddy-brown body with a fading tan head. No noticeable viscosity. Deep and roasty with properties of rum raisin and ashtray. Comes across as fairly harsh and rough. Needs some softer, less roasty malt character to make this more complex, creamier and more palatable.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Sweet coffee oak and bourbon nose. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweet chocolate, coffee and oaky vanilla taste.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to David Noble for this taste--After aging over a year, this beer still held up nicely from bottle--Poured a deep dark, opaque black body with a nice little tan head. Complex notes of vanilla, chocolate, cream, and dark fruit. Somewhat boozy in the finish, but mostly just heaven sent!
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a nice thick creamy tan head. Aroma is mild with only some bitter chocolate and roast. Palate is well carbonated. Flavor is almost burnt. The roasted flavor has become burnt and almost offensive in the finish.
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle drank in 2005. Definitely has been one of FS’s stronger points. Pours straight black with tiny tanned hints and a dark tan head. Mediumly thick aromas of sweet burnt malts, coffee, and roast. Notes of much of the same in the flavors, with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A standard in Impy Stouts, not mind blowing, but damn good, especially when it was first being brewed.