Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Super thick, black-as-night, oil like liquid. Aroma is Vanilla, Chocolate and Bourbon. Barrel aging is clearly evident in this beer, and the bourbon flavors come through well. Very complex, very rich. The finish is very hot with alcohol. This would probably be much better with some aging. If it wasnít for the alcohol finish, this would warrant a much higher rating. Excellent beer, with some minor flaws.
vyvvy (3565) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one surprised me quite a bit considering I was expecting a bourbon bomb. Pours thick and oily black with a dark brown head. The aroma has heavily roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, traces of bourbon and cream - very hearty and full. Thick and full bodied that is rich and velvety with a small amount of carbonation. The taste starts with a load of very roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark fruits, anise - there is a lot going on here. The finish has a heck of an alcohol kick, but it words for this big beer. There is bourbon in the flavor, but it is not in the forefront as with many, it is more of a supporting role. Very well done imperial stout.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 After trying for quite some time to acquire this beauty, I finally managed to get 2 4-packs from my mom for the holidays. If this is worth half the hype it will be worth it. 2006 bottle. Pours as black as Iíve ever seen with barely any head. Temperature starting out around 50F. Aroma is a masterful mix of oak, vanilla, butter & thick cream, alcohol, with some chocolate & coffee. Taste is a thick mixture of chocolate, cream, wood, vanilla, and several others that I canít even distinguish yet. This is an amazingly thick & tasty roller coaster ride of a beer! My only complaint is that its a "tad" hot, but that is to be expected since its only a few months old. Iím excited to try this one as it ages!
1/23/2008: Cracked open another 2006 bottle - man has it mellowed nicely!
2/10/2008: Couldnít help myself - had to try one of my 2007 bottles. Wow - this is intense. I definitely prefer an older bottle that has cooled off a bit, but this one is still packed with intense aroma and taste. Bourbon-woodiness is very prominent and quite tasty. Wonderful as always.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Acquired through trade with brewblackhole. Pours an opaque black with high viscosity. The head is a creamy dark brown, which disappears quickly. The flavor is unimaginably complex in that there are bursts of molasses, chocolate, coffee, and ALCOHOL. The palate is very smooth, creamy, full and thick, with the consistency of oil. It finishes with a warm sensation caused by the alcohol and a very slight bitterness. This is truly an outstanding beer.
emacgee (3809) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Obtained in trade with brewblackhole (many thanks). Pours the blackest of black brews, allows absolutely no light penetration. The darkness is complete, like oil. The head is nonexistent, with brown patches showing up in places. Leaves a brown creamy film over the glass. The aroma is very sweet and very complex. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol. Absolutely complete and perfect aroma and appearance. The flavor is also extremely complex. There is so much going on in this beer that its overwhelming. Chocolate, molasses, alcohol, vanilla, oak. Amazing. The palate, is full, thick, velevety, smooth. The finish is full and warm. An amazing beer.
zsb19 (152) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours like thick black motor oil with a thin tan head the fades quickly. Aroma is sweet malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Palate is thick syrupy and velvety smooth. Upfront taste is chocolatey with a touch of coffee. Follow through is sticky sweet with tastes of oak and alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and sticky with bourbon and oak. Very complex with a lot of flavor. Very heavy stout that should be savored.
Beer4000 (4269) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark black body with rust red head. Strong aroma, alcohol, oak, roasted malt and vanilla. Complex flavor, dried fruit, coffee, wood and some vanilla. Long, sweet and warming finish. Nice stuff.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Thanks to friends. This is one of the best stouts I have had in a long time. The aroma of vanilla and smoke is out of this world.
TheSchmagler (6) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2006 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The craziest flavors I have ever tasted! One minute you get vanilla, the next you get bourbon, then chocolate, then vanilla again, then something that I have never tasted before.
It took half of the 12oz botttle for my taste buds to acclimate to this amazing beer!
Juelze (1131) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Wow, I never thought I would be able to taste this beer. Pours out like dirty motor oil with a nice dark brown head that fades quickly. You can tell in the pour that this is going to be a monster of a brew. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses and some caramel. The taste is amazing with bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, smoke, some mild fruitiness and caramel malt. The bourbon plays an important role but isnít dominating as some other "bourbon enhanced" beers. Instead it plays very nice making this a memorable stout. The mouthfeel on this is very creamy but also a bit oily. Their is a slight alcohol burn in the finish but aside from that itís very well hidden. This is one complex Impy stout and Iím glad I finally got my hands on a bottle.