JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a frothy brown head which is very unusual for both an Imp and any thing aged in wood. Very dark brown color. Aroma has all the Imp usual suspects, coffee, chocolate, roast, viney, sweet with a touch of pine & vanilla added in. Flavor has a dryness maybe from the wood, but it almost seems more like a dry hop type bitterness. Lingering dryness/piney flavor on the finish. Very good beer.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2/5/2005 - birthday #38 - shared with Chris (FBR). Here’s a reason not to rate a beer - becuase your’e just really enjoying it too much - I’’ll have to grab another bottle or 2 and re-rate and re-rate! Jet black body with a thick Ovaltine colored head. Aroma is extremely hoppy, chocolate, coffee. Taste is not necessarily complex - it’s more like a parfait - layer upoin layer of flavors - dark chocolate, Starbucks espresso, sharp fresh cut wood, hops, perfectly biting hops, dark fruits, and then more coffee. Although the palate is robust and full flavored, it never felt too thick - just very very smooth. Worth revisiting.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is not just a beer, it looks like beer demi-glace. The color of a black hole - it’s sucking my brains out. The beer meringue climbs, climaxes with tan peaks and brown roots. Smells of vanilla, mint and, and s-beer-oy sauce. So thick, and concentrated.
The espresso of beer. Thank you Brian, you’re making incredible beers. Jees....it’s so damn good. Sweet and dark without being burnt. Flourless chocolate torte with thick cocoa garnish. Carmelized kirsch-soaked cherries. Yummy candied wood. Are there hops in here? Like every bite is covered with pine sprinkles. Alright, I just did it, I touched myself. Yes, right there, on the g-spot. Yummy, furry imperial stout.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma doesnt tell much about being oak aged, it smells storng of alcohol and grassy hops. I had to let this warm up a bit beacuse it was a bit to harsh, just too hoppy to notice any aging. When its nice and warmed it has a very nice palate, rather hoppy in the taste, but subdued. Reminds me of Burton Baton, hoppy in the taste, but soft on the tongue. The aftertaste is a thick malty one that is quite good. I don’t get much of the vanilla flavor as I’d expect, but it is a fine variation on an already quality beer.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap@Papago. Pours a deep dark color. Has a coffee and slight vanilla aroma, very coffee-like. Wood tones are very present in the flavor. Gives a smooth then somewhat tangy sweet character. Malt base is just right. Hop profile gives it a bitterness thats soft and dry. A nice beer.
pineypower (2538) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Got excited cause it said oak aged.....Pours out a deep black with slight lacing brown head. The aroma tells of coffee and oak. The taste is amazingly complex with a nice coffee taste well balanced with hops and a slight oak flavor on the finish. One huge beer
fermentations (4) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very coffee like with notes of chocolate and little bitterness. Oak notes come through, but overall very drinkable. Coats your mouth and flavor lingers long after you are finished drinking. Impressive!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shockingly, surprisingly good - or is that just my foul-mood-need-a-kick-ass-beer persona talking? Big roasted bitter coffee flavors and screaming pine hops underneath a NOT subtle wood presence. The hoppiness of Stone 6th Anniv. and the massive coffee (better than any coffee I’ve had?) eclipsing Bell’s, Lakefront, who else? A pumped up Bear Repub. Black perhaps? Man the wood is absolutley tangible here in the flavor profile. Blows my little mind. Pine resin, earth and coffee grounds in the aroma, with a dab of milky chocolate. I did not expect this. THe head is wonderful, chocolately brown and clingy, the palate not too thick but definitely meaty. Wow.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a really nice stout from GD. Beautiful color and a great head. Nice nose and full, roasty, chocolatey flavors.
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serious head...hangs around like some kind of soay shaken froth. Great malty flaor well balanced with what I guess is Oak chips...but unique to my palate.