nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by Arbitrator on BA.
Pours darkest brown with a light brown head and good lacing.
Aroma is lots of hops - really hoppy for a stout - along with chocolate and roasted malt.
Flavor is really great. Really nice base stout, with flavors of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and roast (but really not that roasty at all for the style). Dry hopping evident, and considerable alcohol. The 11+% is not too well hidden.
Medium-full bodied and smooth on the palate, although the booziness cuts through this a little bit.
Very drinkable as this is really a well-crafted beer. Does not stand out in any one area but is interesting and really good on the whole.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: opaque dark brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of roasted
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice dose of roasted malts
Date: October 01, 2010
Score: 3.1 to 3.3
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, big citrus
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, sweet citrus, touch of caramel, light roasted
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really nice, dank, hoppy nose; lots of citrus, some chocolate, licorice and roast as well. Taste is moderately sweet, lots of vanilla and licorice that just gets overbearing after a sip or two. The hopping is nice though. Cut the sweetness and the vanilla/licorice and this would be solid.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottled 3/6/10, rated 3/27/10. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Smells intensely hoppy, lots of flowers and pine, like a double IPA almost, with a tiny bit of alcohol burn on the nose. Taste has lots of sweetness, vanilla, alcohol and pinecone hops. Has a tinge of bitter roast on a finish largely dominated by vanilla and alcohol. If you blindfolded me I would have had trouble telling you this was an imperial stout, the hops crush everything.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to brainlair for sharing this one. Thick black pour. Lots of citrusy hops on the nose as well as roast and chocolate. Sweet roasted flavor with lots of hops. Very bitter boozy finish.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 Bomber, thanks GT2, black pour, tan head, nose and taste are bourbon, coffee, vanilla
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2010 22oz shared with DedicatedToFun. Pours pretty much jet black with a menacing deep brown head that has awesome retention and good lace. Aroma is insane fresh hops with strong spicy hops similar to a West Coast DIPA. These notes are layered atop rum soaked ladyfingers/tiramisu, Frangelico hazelnut liquor. Taste is rich caramel and toffee with no harsh roasted malt flavors. More like tiramisu soaked in Frangelico and then dark chocolate covered raspberries served atop. The alcohol is not a major factor in the taste, but it is fairly obvious this is over 10%. Really a crazy beer that is without a doubt my favorite Goose Island offering.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Mar. Pours black with a chocolate head. Aroma is hoppy with rich dark roast and chocolate. Flavor is very much the same. Mouth feel is very heavy, almost chewy, extremely creamy. Overall, this was a damned fine Impy Stout!
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours pitch black, and has an aroma full of hops and alcohol. Tastes of chocolate and hops, with a slightly boozy finish. This beer really sticks to the tongue. Overall this is a very solid beer that i enjoyed drinking while watching The Outer Limits.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bomber, bottled 02/19/10, with thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum! Pours dark brown/black with a moderate tan head. Aroma starts with the hops, with citrus and pine notes, followed by bittersweet chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, and molasses. Flavor is nicely hopped, with more pine, amongst chocolate, espresso, molasses and caramel. The hops definitely crank this up a notch, with all the solid imperial stout action complimenting nicely. Thanks Adam!