IrishBoy (3820) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bonus bomber from Miketd! Thick oily black with a msall cinnamon tan head. Very perfumey (floral hops and alcohol mixed I guess) with coffee. Flavor is sweet coffee, smokiness, very light bitterness, and cough syrup alcohol. Very different than any other impy I’ve had.
SHANER4 (478) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 22oz. - Poured black with thin mocha brown head.
Aroma - cittrus/lime hop scent mixed with dark chocolate, charred wood and finishes with pine aroma.
Flavor - smokey charred wood, dark chocolate, licorice and citrus hops. Excellent rich flavor going on with good alcohol content.
Palate - heavy mouthfeel with thick oily textuture. Finish is dry and bitter with smokey charred wood aftertaste.
Overall - reminds me of Stone RIS with better texture and fuller body. Has great hop taste and alcohol burn is perfect!
nolankowal (926) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber 2010. Super thick pour, black as hell with a mocha head...pretty much looks like BCS, which is a good thing. Aroma of pine, bready malt, caramel, licorice, and dark chocolate. Flavors of roasted bready malt, bitter pine and light citrus, caramel, dark chocolate. Big body, thick and sweet with a nice bitterness that cuts through it. Lasting bitter finish. Overall, very tasty stuff, I like the hopped up Impys, the bitterness cuts through what could be cloying sweetness. Biggest complaint is the bomber size. Totally impractical as a 12 oz would be plenty even for two people.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with little head. Aromas of hops, chocolate, roasted malts and a wisp of oak. Taste is really unique, impressions of a dark IPA. Hops with roasted malts. Mouthfeel is really wonderful. Finishes with a slow bitter that works well with the malts. Nice beer.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark roast, licorice and herbal hop aroma. Quite piney, hoppy flavor layered over more rich licorice and dark chocolate. Very tasty.
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2010 Pours a nice jet black with a mild head. This is one the best beers in the world. Has a nice malty base with chocolate and coffee overtures but its the hops that make this beer one of the best. If you can find this one buy it you won’t be disappointed.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
thanks to tarheels for this fresh beaut! pours black with a brown head, fairly small, would have like a lil more there. aroma is great, tons of fresh citrusy, pineapplish, earthy hops everywhere! yum! the taste is to match, just great, starts with a strong punch of hops to reckon with any iipa, then fades very nicely into a deep, sweet stout that you would expect. this beer is awesome, on par with other dark hop bombs like 09 darkness and alpha claus fresh. the hop profile is very nice, the base beer is of course great, and the hops allow an extra dimension temp wise too, this beer offers something slightly chilled.
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at RBWG 2010. This is good. Sweet chocolatey stout characteristics but loaded with wonderful fresh hop flavor as well. Love it!
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is big roast but bigger hops, sharp citrus cuts through the murkiness of deep carmelization. appearance is opaque with film head and little lacing. flavor is stinging bitter citrus smashing a hole in a cloud of darkness. doesnt exactly mesh at times but as the session goes on the palate adjusts and it certainly fulfills my daily requirement of hops.
bookman10 (630) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very thick, dark, oily black with little to no head (in my experience). Very complex set of flavors, including some chocolate, some coffee, and even something that almost verges on a grape soda-like flavor. A very sweet stout (almost too much so) but with excellent, silky mouth feel and a smooth finish. Worth a try, says Carl Kolchak!