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 (1336) - 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 (3423) - 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 (1371) - 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 (10833) - 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.
dchmela (2848) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out black with a huge white head that slowly dissipates. Slight chocolate malt aroma, maybe too cold to get a good aroma. Taste is BIG dry chocolate malt with a thick mouthfeel. Just a hint of wheat in the taste also, wow this just keeps coming at you! Very interesting.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first sip I thought maybe I wouldn’t be able to drink this. Way too over the top was my first impression . But the finish on this brew is just fantastic. Flavour is your typical heavy dark chocolate stout, and once your mouth gets over that initial shock, the rest is pure heaven. I was sad when the bottle was gone.
Beerdedone (2981) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled. Batch NR-73 Pours black with a two finger tan head. Aroma of wheat, roastedness, molasses, and some chocolate. Very smooth flavor of coffee, molasses, bitter chocolate, and dark fruits with a lightly warming finish. AWESOME STOUT
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body: Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3 Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 4 Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head: None(1)->Large(5) : 3 Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 2 Lasting: 3 Lacing : 3 Nitro : XX
Intensity : 3
Yeast : 2 Bread : 2 Apple : XX Tropical Fruits : XX Ink : XX Tar : XX Olives : XX DMS : XX
Malt : 4 Biscuity : XX Burnt Toast : 2 Caramel : XX Nuts : XX Pumpernickel : XX Cereals : 3 Coffee : 3 Dark Chocolate : 4 Vanilla : XX Grapes : XX Blackberries : XX Cherries : XX
Hops : 3 Noble(1)->American(5) : 1 Leafy : XX Floral : 2 Lemon/Lime : XX Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX Herbal : 2 Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes : Earth : 3 Wood : XX Mint : XX Smoke : XX Soy : XX Bourbon : XX Anise : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2 Sourness : XX Lactic : XX Bitterness : 3 Complex : 3 Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3 Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2 Clean : XX Sharp : XX Watery : XX Oily : XX Chalk : XX Astringent : XX Alcohol : 2 Mineral : XX Oxidation : XX Metallic : XX
Comments: Well-balanced, not too hard, yet dark and quite complex, if in subtlety. No acidity and no citric aspects. Plain brilliant execution.