brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle into snifter. Pours dark as night with thick tan head. Smells a bit citrusy and a little hopper than most stouts. Good mouthfeel, moderate carbo. Tastes roasty with a balance of hops. Great beer however I prefer the BCS.
brokensail (13270) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: As the name would imply this beer is black as night with a moderate tan head.
S: A lot of citrusy hops (grapefruit in particular) which is an interesting contrast to the chocolate, roast, and coffee undertones of the imperial stout.
T: Quite a bit of roast, coffee, and chocolate. But, these are really masked a bit too much by the grapefruit hop flavors. That said, this is done more tactfully than Darkness 09. The alcohol presence is fairly minimized by the shear number of different flavors present in the beer.
M: The body is quite full with a moderate carbonation and smooth feel on the tongue.
D: I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time, and I was pleased by how it tasted. But, I think I would prefer this beer in 6 months to a year when the hops have died down.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle I split at a tasting. Pours solid black with a very nice brown head. Nose is very sweet with chocolate and caramel - definitely resembles a nice malty barleywine in the flavor department. Flavor is rich and sweet with toasty malt and nice citrusy hops. A hell of a beer. Definitely glad this one survived being stuffed in my luggage for the flight from Chicago to Austin...
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from 22oz bottle. Pours super dark brown with a thin mocha head that recedes to thin lace. Nose features very darkly roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, hops, and some nuttiness. The flavors are unique for a stout. On the front of the palate, the flavor is sweet with citrus hops. After, the chocolate, coffee, and nuttiness start to come through. The finish is bitter from both hops and chocolate. The body is full with average carbonation and a long finish. This beer is super smooth and well integrated. It is a little hot, showing the high alcohol. If it weren’t for this heat, I would be giving it almost a perfect score.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle date-3/06/10. Consumed May 2010. A very black beer with a very small head that fades quickly. The aroma had chocolate, loads of alcohol, very tarry. The taste had chocolate, again tarry, burnt, and the mouthfeel was very slick and oily. Even though this is a hoppy Impy and is great drank as fresh as possible, I do hope this improves with age.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what a treat. A piney resinous chocolatey stout. Even after reading reviews I found it to be much greener than I expected. Nice velvety black pour with minimal head. Aroma right off the bat of bold citrus and pine hop, some nice chocolate and light notes of coffee mixed with heavy malt. Loved it.
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy dark brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel, hops and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet roasted malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet, overly hopped, rye and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into a snifter. Pours an inky jet black with a small head which dissipates quickly. Wonderful aroma of roasted malt. Taste is just exceptionally silky and smooth, with a good amount of alcohol revealing in the aftertaste. Love it.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Sticky pine and loads of catty Simcoe hops in the nose. Plenty of influence from the sticky-icky cousin of the hop for sure. Cocoa and roast push their way through after the hops have had their fun. Opaque brown/black, foamy thin head and spots upon spots of lacing. Sweet, filling and overly hoppy. Full bodied with a pleasant bitterness. Dry hopped to the extreme and the aggressive Simcoe is easily noticed. Evergreen with dark chocolate fudge, nuts and milk."
bigtaster (802) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in snifter. Pours jet black, almost no head. Aroma of hops, lots of dark burnt malts. This flavor is intense with a huge maltyness taking over your palate after the hops hits you. This one needs a few years, it’s too much too fast, too many flavors competing against each other rather than complimenting.