Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at LCRBM. one of the best at the tasting session. aroma: pine, resin, hoppy. taste: resinous, coffee, chocolate, a little earthy/smokey, bitter and hop( all in a very powerful taste explosion, from the begin till the end). very good....
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 6 fl.oz.) One of the greatest stouts Iíve ever tasted. Powerfull bitter notes from the hops, and sweet delecious notes of chocolate and caramel/coffee. Pours completely black, with a nice lasting off-white head. Itís definately not the last time Iíve tasted this great beer!
SudsMcDuff (5941) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as black as the night itself..Big Brown head, Great lacing!!! Big cocoa smell at first... not 2 sweet..not 2 bitter, goood! has a sweet roastiness to it that leaves good bitters behind in the yap.coffee+ bitter cooking choc flavours:::Has some heat in the back of the throat, probably due to the high abv, but not noticable in the taste, masked well, but a delicous brew with a black roasted kick! .........where is this "yeti?"
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBG Low Countries 2005 Tasting Session
Brown head, excellent lace. Black body. Great nose of malts: nuts, chocolate, coffee, ... Lightly sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Somewhat acetic. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. Medium bodied. Nice Stout. Not overwhelming, but good by itís simplicity.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Bottle@Home, Feb 09, 3.8: Had this so many times by now and itís still great. But I also had so many other Imps now that I start to recognize the great from the god-like ones. And this isnít god-like, just great. Too one dimensional in the flavor. Bottle@LCRBM, Oct 05, 4.1: Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and blackcurrant. Black color, firm brown head, good lace, pours very thick. Strong flavors, sweet, strong roasted coffee, very bitter, very full and thick. Great example of the style.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich aroma of roasted barley, molassas, chocolate and coffee. Bitter roasted flavor is tempered by a dose of sweetness like molassas and brown sugar. Notable cascade hop presence as well (piney, spicy, floral) but not overdone. Very creamy palate. A pleasant surprise to find this on tap in central Illinois.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. This poured a dark mahogony with a thin brown head. Simply beautiful. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. The taste is initially malty but then more hops then I have tasted in a Imp. Stout come through to give a bitter finish. An excellent stout
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a beast compared to itís oak aged counterpart. Pours just as syrupy black, with a nice reddish head that lasts the entire glass. Nose is a little alcoholic and chocolatey. Palate is sweet roasted barley chased by a vicious bitterness. I honestly would be hard pressed to choose between the two.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazinlgy dark with a tight mahoganey head. A general assault of classic Imp. Stout, chocolate, coffee bean , roasted barely and a slightly winey 9.5%
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours opaque black with a thick, dark tan head and nice lacing. The appearance is very inviting. Aroma is well-balanced between roasted malts and spicy/piney hops with ripe fruits up front. The flavor of this Imperial Stout is wonderfully bitter with an incredibly complex medley of caramel, chocolate and coffee (roasted) malts and American hops. Full-bodied and well-carbonated (which makes this monster dangerously easy to drink). Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. Very well-made!