ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick dark poor with a very nice chocolaty head. Aroma is big with a lots of malt, and strong tones for carmel, hops and alcohol. The flavor is richly malty with a big hop presence. Roasted carmel and chocolate tones are a little too hidden by the hoppieness. There are hints of dark fruit that could be a little more pronounced. Nice rich finish and a warming alcohol presence.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark coffee color with strong chocolate aroma. Some sweetness along with the roasty feel. Finishes with the right amount of alcohol and just enough bitterness. Nice Stout!
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This is a truly awesome beer. After starting to wonder whether I actually like impys this brought me right back. Fantastic aroma of dark chocolate and roasted nuts laced with alcohol. Just lightly sweet, with a balanced resinousness giving a oily smooth silky mouthfeel. Rich dark chocolate going on. Finishes with just enough alcohol to raise the choco-malitness once more and finish with a silky bitterness. Just fantastic. Double bravo.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from brickskeller. aroma: roast, some higher alcohols. flavor: starts hugely roasty, caramel, finishes pretty dry, with hops dominating a still noticable alcohol taste. not bad, but the booze isnít hidden well enough for my tastes.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Label looks old-school and understated. Very dark, rich, tasty brew. Roasted toffee flavor and a subtle sweetness balanced with a good alcohol presence. Overall, a delicious imperial stout. Thanks CaptainCougar!
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer very much! Nice dark-opaque coffee color with a bit of a bitter-sweet. Loaded with hops and balanced well with a cherry-chocolate like flavor. Very nice!
tomciccateri (978) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A great rendition, with the mellow roasted aroma and full mouthfeel concealing the big hop presence. A very rich but well-balanced flavor profile where you sense the alcohol long after the lasting chocolatty finish fades.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter, large tark tan head, aroma of sweet chocolate and toffee. Taste of roasty malts, chocoalte and coffee, more hop bitterness than most imperials. Apart from the hop bitterness, this is not as intense of a brew as expected.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great IMPY this is. I canít say enough besides itís so well balanced that itís easy to knock off a few bombers and not really notice it until youíre on the floor. Kudoís to Great Divide for a great stout and great overall beer.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting, smack you in the back of the head kind of stout. Tons of hops in an imperial stout. Totally a different animal for me. Like coffee and chocolate aftertones, but the majority is hops.