chewy (10) - , Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark with a nice cream head that dissipated quickly. Smells of plum, espresso, dark chocolate & malt. Tastes of burnt coffee, toffee and bitter chocolate. Beer itself is a bit thin for double Stout. Bitterness lingers a bit too harshly for my liking.
hallinghansen (1684) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
# 100. Bottle. Black body, with a medium brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is dark bitter chocolate, hops and some yeast.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black with a lovely brown head and a sweet dark malt coffee aroma, quite pungent. Tastes bitter and roasty, acidic espresso notes cut through. Strong dark maltiness with just a hint of alco-burn in the finish, which is long-lasting and has lovely notes of chocolate. Carbonation is quite high for the style, and adds an edge to the acidic espresso notes which make this imperial stout not as smooth as I’d like. Overall, I really enjoyed the roastiness and coffee flavours in this beer, but I would have enjoyed a bit more body and a bit less carbonation. Nicely done, though!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown body with a tall khaki head. Sweet roasty nose of chocolate, plum, and some earthiness to it. Really smooth body, finishing with a long drawn out bitter bakers chocolate flavor. I thought this was really well done overall, big ol’ roastiness to it, one of the best stouts I’ve had in a while, although bordering on Imperial.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours a dark brown to black color with a massive tan head. Aroma is roasted and malty with notes of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, nuts, vanilla, cream, toffee, with notes of a slight booziness. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, dark ripe fruit, malty yeast, some coffee, toffee and hints of caramel. Generally medium to full body with a roasted malty finish.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: An excessively roasted stout where roastiness takes over everything and gets problematic
How: Bottle 22oz, drank when about six months old
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Basic nose of highly roasted malts. Taste is very simplistic. This beer is all about excessively roasted malts. So roasted that is even turns into vegetables astringency. Not really any chocolate, not really any coffee, maybe a little figs/dates touch. This is pushing the envelop on the hide-everything-behind-roastiness approach. Most imperial stouts are overrated on ratebeer but with this brew it is simply absurd. Seems like anything here that is black and overly roasted is considered great. Which means that according to ratebeer I’m a great cook.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Plenty of chocolate and some citrus along with biscuity and coffee like dark malt character in the nose. Opaque black body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes to a long lasting cover with some spotty lacing. Chocolate and dark malt battle throughout the flavour while a pleasant fruity ester emerges especially in the aftertaste. Bitterness from the hops and prominently from dark malts is quite pronounced and lingering. Medium body with moderate to strong carbonation that is lightly prickly on the tongue. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in Feb-09.
drfabulous (3376) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma. The way I like it. Chocolate and roasted coffee. Creamy head. Delicious. Wow. Lots of dark rich flavors here. This is very nice indeed. I have this lingering taste of chocolate in my mouth. I don’t hear people raving about this one, but they should. It is up there with some of the best stouts on the market.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomb from the keg of wood. real thick and chewy, this is going to be a good time for everyone who gets into this one.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not sure what took me so long to try this. Great aromas of burnt malts, coffee and malt balls. Poured a jet brown with a sudsy head. Flavors of burnt malts, roasted malts, dark fruit, and dark chocolate, finishing with a spicy hop note. Silky smooth, perfectly carbonated. More people need to try this, great price for a world class IMPY.