DialSquare (2497) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber. deep black/brown color with a large pillowy tan head. aroma is chocolate, coffee, smoke - and an acidic element to it. taste is chocolate, caramel, nuts, lightly roasted malts and light hops. the finish is slightly bitter with the aforementioned acidic quality. medium texture.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Inky black with a sticky tan head that lasts. Texture was full and creamy with a velvety softness. Bold and rich flavors from start to finish (which lingered well into the aftertaste): toffee, sugared espresso, sweet milk, dark chocolate, fresh-roasted coffee beans, and caramel syrup. Grassy hop presence had a bold bitterness to balance things out. Some burntness and robust roastiness added depth. Very tasty ... I loved this stuff.
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from toncatcher. another thanks!.... dark brown to black pour with a frothy and fading light brown head.... aroma of smoke, roasted malt, and chocolate.... ash and smoky roasted malt, chocolate with a generally sweet flavor profile. mild carbonation and ashy finish.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured black into the glass with a nice tan head. Smell was chocolate covered malted milk balls. Yum. Taste was well rounded, rich and tasty. Big chocolate, oatmeal, molasses and a great smooth finish. Enough balancing hop to keep it drinkable. Good stuff.
Dogbrick (7567) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bob’s Bar. This beer pours an oily black color with a medium thick tan head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Nice roasted coffee and malt aroma with a touch of cocoa. Rich and chewy body, with flavors of roasted coffee, malt and chocolate. Light hops and yeast notes at times too. The finish is roasty with a burnt malt aftertaste. Overall this is an enjoyable Double Stout.
jcwattsrugger (11061) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours a rich brown head and dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt/oats-rich chocolate, slight earthy hops with some acidic. Taste is dark malt/oats-rich chocolate, earthy hops with some acidic balanced with some fruit. Occasional. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing this.
drjay44 (2565) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2014 22oz.bottle. Pours a nice mocha colored head, some lacing, rich dark brown, nose is of the usual coffee, chocolate, molasses, malt, tastes similar. Great silky mouth feel. Unfortunately the finishing taste is a little unbalanced and rather bitter. Too much boiling hops, or is it the "west coast" style?? This is a lighter take on an Imperial Stout with not quite as much fruit tones as many. This is because the dark roasted malts with heavy chocolate, bitter coffee notes are utterly dominant. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
Beerdedone (2567) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, light coffee and a hint of molasses. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied with a bitter finish
bp (784) - Queens, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a thin tan head, aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts, taste is malty, coffee, sweet chocolate up front with a nice bitter chocolate finish, silky mouthfeel. This is damn good stuff.
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is coffee, chocolate and molasses. Creamy, full body with a sharp tang. Taste is dark chocolate and Greek coffee. Dry, slightly bitter finish rounds out a fine stout. Surprised this was not an Impy.