VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Dark pour with a dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and some dark fruits. I could got some roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate that was full in the mouth. One of my favorite stouts. Canít wait to try the Oak Aged.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours an opaque murky black color with some charcoal hues and a soft foamy head of tan. Some distinct white grapefruit hop aromas greet the nostrils first, followed by some more subtle tones of white chocolate. A hint of crystallized raw sugar lingers as well, but the hop character is definitely the single most defining feature of the bouquet. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A touch on the light side for an imperial stout. Some spicy hop character is clearly present on the palate, but the roasted characters come through stronger, creating a slightly better balance in the flavor than the aroma. Dark sticky chocolates and rich coffee syrup malt flavors are nice, but the hops create a very one-dimensional sharp edge that prevents any additional malt characters from revealing themselves. A touch of alcohol burns gently in the final smack, along with some bittersweet dark chocolates. Too much high alpha hop character and not enough malt complexity for my tastes.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Pours inky black with the tiniest bit of tan head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, and...grapefruit? Even upon the first taste, the hops are immediately evident. The bitter hops lead to the roasted malts Iím accustomed to with their chocolate, coffee, and caramel tastes. The palate wasnít quite as oily as the I like and was more carbonated. When drinking it slightly cooler, the finish was assertively hoppy and somewhat lingering. As it warmed up, the hop aroma faded and the finish became more of a combination of coffee and the hops. I definitely enjoyed this more and more as I was drinking it. I appreciate this brewís attempt at malt and hop balance. Nobody wants a syrupy sugar bomb.
Derek881 (1253) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this complex beer a great deal; poured from the bottle. The beer was black and thick, almost syrupy, with a small, creamy dark tan head. The head did not last very long, and the beer was dark and cloudy. A very nicely balanced aroma consisting of malty aromas of chocolate, coffee, slight caramel, and good roastyness, maybe even a bit of citrus hops. The taste started out sweet, but then switched over to a more bitter taste with a little sourness and a dry finish with a good alcohol bite. The texture of the beer was full and wet, yet it only had light carbonation.
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle, February 2007] Deep brown almost black pour with deep brown stagnant head. Chocolate, toffee, and caramel in aroma. Mouthfeel is thick and round - a well balanced beer. Heavy malt flavorings and some chocolate. Good amount of caramel to boot which becomes more apparent in the finish.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 Figured it was a good time to try this one while nervously watching my Bears in the Super Bowl. 22 oz bomber from some time in 2006. Deep black pour with a nice creamy tan head. Sweet aroma with plenty of chocolate & coffee, plus some cream. Creamy chocolate and roasted malt taste. Nice hop backing, with a thick hoppy finish. Very good Impy stout - canít wait to try the Oak aged version!
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a truly pitch black beer with a huge, delicious, creamy and brown head. The aroma has notes of coffee, dark roasted malt and caramel. The flavour is fantastic!! It has loads o dark roasted malt, hops and before the big hoppy symphony closes the ball, there are a lot of notes: Sweetness, caramel, coffee, nougat, licorice and chocolate. Itís very complex and exciting and worthy of a high score...!
Yuri4x4 (6) - USA - JAN 30, 2007 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beautiful opaque brown coloring with a nice carmel head. Maybe I was too enamored by the look of Yeti, but the taste just didnít hit the mark. I found this beer to be too bitter, not in a good hoppy way but in a soy-sause kinda way. Head retention was non-existent. Left a tar-like coating in the glass.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color was a dark black/ brown with no light penetration. The head was a mud brown, thin, and creamy. The aroma was molasses, soy-sausce, sweet and malty. The palate was medium/ thick body, and wasnít very carbonated. The finihs was warm and waxy. This beer left a yellow film on the glass.
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think Heathen has it right. Pours a black black brew, not quite the oil consistency i like, but black nonetheless. The aroma is sweet (bueno) and then there is this hop that shows up (reminds me of 06í Storm King). The aroma also has some chocolate and slight slight roast to it, alcohol was not present for me. the flavor had a mild hop bit (not expecting), roasted flavor, coffee, and didnít have the alcohol backbone iíve come to expect from the style. The palate was the typical full, burnt, smooth and lacked any individual charm. The finish was warm (only hint of alcohol) and was a little thin. Overall, a it is up and down an imperial stout. Sadly the only unique spin they put on it is undesirable (by me anyways). Lacks the complexity and "wow" to get a great score but is still solid enough for the 4.