yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours deep black with minimal beige head.
Deep roasted aroma with lots of dark malt, burnt toast, and roasted coffee bean.
Taste is smoke and roasted coffee bean bitterness with very little malt sweetness to balance. It has almost an instant coffee quality to it. Alcohol heat is also present.
This beer is actually pretty light in body with a long dry finish.
It’s nothing to write home about. Certainly not in my wheelhouse, though I am not a coffee drinker. If you like coffee, maybe give it a shot?
wchesser (706) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extra from cpetrone84. Thanks, Chris! Bottle said enjoy by 8/22/10, so presume this was the ’09? Has held up well...still enjoyable in June ’13! Nice coffee, vanilla, and chocolate notes. Deep black. Bit thinner than I like my imperials, but nice mouthfeel...on the sweeter side, but nice bitter dark roast bitterness...maybe hops have faded? Not too complex, but enjoyable all the same!
jhogan4 (246) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a cup. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is sweet malts and chocolate. Taste is sweet with chocolate, a little anise, malt, very slight coffee. Medium mouthfeel, slightly thin. Good.
Westchesterco (296) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aperence black with tan head Aroma of coffee taste of string coffee and a mild but lingering palate.
Theydon_Bois (3401) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, thanks to an IP trade with Michael C, 12/05/13.
Light black, extremely dark mahogony brown in the light, with a dirty tan head that soon clears to a swirl and thin edgework.
Nose is roast malt, dark fruits, berry fruits, molasses, treacle toffee, tar, brown sugars, light chocolate.
Taste comprises roast malts, dark fruits, light booze, licqourice, treacle tart, leather, brown sugars, chocolate backnote.
Full end of medium bodied with well pitched fine carbonation keeping this 9%er very drinkable.
Decent Impy stout but not top draw, alcohol is well balanced.
charule (301) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Doublewide. Years 2009 and 2012. Poured dark brown black with creamy tan head. Choco aroma. Creamy choco flavor. Minor alcohol taste. Good. Numbers from 2009 version
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Dfonorow (716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black with a finger-wide tan head, good lacing. Aroma is expected - roasted malts, coffee, slight smoke. Flavor is much of the same but with sweet caramel and chocolate notes. A bit on the cloying side, sticky, good carbonation level.
JPDurden24 (1119) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, tan head. Roasty and chocolatey, and some bitterness is present in the flavor. It’s an enjoyable imperial stout.
TaktikMTL (4835) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 bouteilles de 12 oz partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Apparence: Odeur de chocolat avec une pointe de céréales grillées. Saveur: La couleur est noire opaque. Apparence: Goût de chocolat avec une pointe de céréales grillées et de fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #4676)
Phatdog1 (127) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle (4/20/2012) poured into a snifter. Seemed to pour lighter than expected for the style. Half inch thick khacky head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, burnt sugar and some booze off in the distance. Immediately sweet on the tongue which fades into dark fruit, most noticeably raisin. Chewy malt finish with a tinge of hops lingering. A bit thinner than expected for an imperial, but tasty none the less!
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shoutman (2) - Livingston, Montana, USA - APR 9, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It doesn’t seem imperial, but it is a marvelous stout with chocolate and roasted character to spare. Forget about style, because this beer is incredibly enjoyable.