OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Internasjonalen, Oslo. Huge frothy lasting espresso head. Body is opaque black and well carbonatied. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, sweet licorice, blackcurrant, acidulous apples and grassy hops. Taste is semi-dry dark malts, roast, bitter chocolate, tar, acidic fruitiness and a good amount of bittering hops. Notes of mild spices and salt. Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Lingering bitter finish. Yum!
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
this was damn freakin awesome. thick rich lots of dark blend coffee, dark chocolate, rich creamy milk chocolate, some oak smoke, marshmellow and cashew flavors. delicious.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 60, courtesy after4ever. Pours opaque black with a thick, dense, light brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, coffee. Creamy full body. Sweet taste of coffee, chocolate. Smoke, tar, resin and licorice in the finish.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 75. Dark ruddy brown color with a tall sturdy malt chocolate colored head. Someone poured some gin in my stout! Scents of juniper dominate, while roasted and toasted malts lay in waiting. Hints of grapefruit, licorice, coffee and scorched wheat mingle about in the background. Interesting but doesn’t lead me to an imperial stout experience. Full feel with just enough light eff to keep it light. Sweet malt start middle is full and bursting with tar, coffee grounds, light smoke, dark chocolate, charred wheat and dark cherries. Enough roasted malts to add some bitterness along with detected lightly pine hops flavors. If you like them roasty this one is for you. The finish is quite dry and the alcohol is now detected by the mild burn in the stomach. This would hold the table with any smoked meat fare.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours from the 500ml bottle an onyx color, the head a magnificent crown of creamy chocolate brown, as it evaporates every so slowly, the lace forms a sticky thick sheet to cover the glass. Nose rich in sweet roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a slight floral aroma also noticed, earthy and delightful to see and smell. Start has a pronounced malt presence, sweet and the hops and roasted grain add a nice bitter bite at the back, top is rich and full to the palate. Finish is merciful in its acidity, the hops sturdy in their spiciness; maybe a touch of alcohol bitterness, very dry and the aftertaste clings mightily to the palate, a fine addition to the style.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml - Brygget Mai 07 - Aroma is appealing with bakers chocolate, wheat, caramel and roasted malts. Pours black with a nice chewy brown head and great lacing. Flavor is heavy on the chocolate both up front and in the finish. Dry and powdery but in a good way. Roasted malts, alcohol and wheat mix themselves in there for an interesting brew. Palate is dry and sticky. I always like something different and this one comes through.
BigBeer45 (1300) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint 0.9 oz. Bottle, 9%alc, label - Batch NR 74, pours very black with a big creamy dark tan head, the bubbles clung together pretty
well as a team when moving on the sides of the glass, aroma of big chocolate, dark chocolate, some chocolate cake mix, roasted malt, faint cherry, berries,
rum and raisin, a woodsy aroma, dark wheat, faint coffee and alcohol in the background, burnt molasses, faint yeast earthiness, some smokiness, great
aromas, roasted malt, strong coffee bitterness, bitter chocolate, some malt sweetness, taste of dark fruit, berries and currants(?) that appear just before the
finish, faint smoky chared wood flavor, has a berry bitterness at the finish that is different and distinguishes itself from the other impy stouts I have had,
a medium hop bitterness at the finish, chocolate flavor rides with the berries from first sip to the last drop, hmm hmm good, lots of carbonation makes its light
on the palate and not as thick on the palate as some other stouts, a little over carbonated, not as sweet as the typical Impy Stout it has more bitterness
but has complex flavors to keep the palate interesting, I recommend it.
alexanderj (3381) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured black/dark brown with a medium to large light brown head. Good aroma of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and roasted malt. Had some unique components. Mouthfeel was not great, a little too much carbonation. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, wheat and nuts.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. motor oil black with frothy tan head. aroma of alcohol, chocolate, mollasses and nutty malts. very interesting mouth. chocolate and coffee. big malts, dark fruits. wheat wine characteristic as well. i like it.
BeerandBlues2 (10514) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours opaque (light tested) with an average, frothy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with very good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (dark roasted grain, toasted nut, dark chocolate), average hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (leather, earth) with notes of prunes, licorice and smoke. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. I was hoping for more mouth feel with this one; it seemed way to carbonated. The aroma also lacked some as I also expected more in-your-face malty character. Nonetheless, a really good offering.