beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Unbelievably good, if you like things on the extreme end of richness. The thick, very sweet, syrupy body pushes it to the top of the pack of those beers Iíve tried in this style. (Iím waiting for Paul to share my bottle of World Wide Stout, so weíll see if my last comment holds up.) OK...pours almost lumpy, with a huge head in my wide-mouth glass. Smells like a barleywine, all fruit, alcohol, tart hops and spice, but with burnt/toasted aroma -- which makes sense, because the beer is pitch black. A burst of carbonation when you sip it (please SIP it, or pay), then a wave of sweetness, coffee, malt. This is 75 IBU? Then it must have 300 GSU (Gregís Sweetness Units), becauseto me the finish was happily, but not very, bitter, the hops just saying hello after all the malty, caramely goodness. Iím left with the sweet, roasty flavor in my mouth for many minutes after Iíve had a sip. Got it for just over $6 at the "discount" liquor store on Foster and Clark. Drank the whole 1 pint 6 oz bottle in about 30 min. Now, time for a nap.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Guiness on steriods. Dark. Rich. Strong charred flavor. Complex flavor. A bit much for regular drinking, but I nice treat every now and again.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big dark brown head over a black opaque brew.Heavy roasted malt flavor. Big mouth feel, viscous, it coated the mouth. The hops are needed for balance but the 75 IBUíS are a bit too much for my liking. It left a nice lace pattern in the glass. Canít help but compare it with the Oak Aged version. This one is not as smooth, not as mellow, a tad harsh.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Black pour, big head. Aroma is the usual dark malts with roast, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Also a huge hop presence is here. A straightforward and good example of a hopped up Imperial Stout. Bells still has the far superior one though..
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours black with a large brown head. The aroma of hops, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt is fantastic and nearyl perfect. After that great aroma the flavour is a bit of a letdown -- it has the makings of a great taste: lots of hops, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel and more but the hops used are way too harsh and the alcohol is too present. Itís pretty good but doesnít hold a candle to the Oak Aged Yeti.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with tan frothy head that fades quickly. Smells of roast, caramel, toffee, and hops. The thing that suprised me was the hidden floral notes of the hops. They really shined thru in this one and I havenít found that in any other Impy. Quite delicious and well worth drinking!!
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was black in the glass with a chocolate/coffee nose, just what you would expect from a stout. The flavor was very roasty, slightly alcoholic, with a touch of dirt. Yes, dirt. A little light on the palate for the style. Bitter finish. Not overwhelming in flavor, itís not trying to be something it isnít.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (650ml) - Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - courtesy of yours truly. Poured black, with a good dark brown head - a thing of beauty (oh, belt up, jerc! I know it wasnít perfect...). A feast for the nose - oak, other woods, resin, a mix of dark roast malts, some oils (lemon, juniper), plenty of hops, as well as fruit, raisins, alcohol. Taste - well, quite a lot of roasted, almost burnt malt, chocolate, and a virtual avalanche of different hops, fresh cream; it starts dark malt/hoppy and finishes very hoppy, almost to harshness. Mouthfeel is at least medium bodied, bitter and alcoholic. I liked it a lot, but the Oak Aged Yeti is a full cut above - this one is a little to hop-demanding and not as harmonious as I would like.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, small but creamy chocolate coloured head. (3+) Oily palate coats the glass. Lacklustre sweet malt in the aroma does little to support the dominant mild roast. Flavour is surprisingly bitter and hoppy. Malt and chocolate notes seem quite subdued compared the bitterness of the roast and hoppy bite. I am not appreciating the hop presence in the same way as in say Alpha Klaus or Bear Repulicís stout, and I am not sure why. Medium palate. Much less rounded than the Oak Aged version.
rickgordon (3846) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Sampled at plan b during the RBESG pub crawl.
Black, with a tint of red. Roasty nose, with notes of coffee, chocolate and a wonderful accompanying hop tone. Body is extremely rounded. Coffee and dark chocolate notes. Amazingly yummy.