JK (5330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has the aroma of a rich coffee porter, with coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Thick and heavy, almost purple in color. Roasted malt flavor with more coffee. Nice palate, sort of English in style with very low carbonation and a light port character, as well as considerable hops. I really liked this.
Guerde (1246) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, thanks Akevitt) Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and slight hops. Strong roasted coffee flavor, that yields to a somewhat bitter finish, and it also has a very thick mouthfeel.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A black stout with a large attractive beige head. The aroma has roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. There are fruity berries also. The taste is full bodied. Roasty, strong alcohol and very bitter. There is some creaminess in there also. Intriguing, but I’m not positive it works that well.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich black body. Creamy tan head. Notes of toffee and smoke. Roasty malts and a hint of gnarly alcohol heat. Sweet and robust at first, but finishes dry and has some nice complexities such as hints of nuts and dark berries.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black... heavy malt beer. A nice dark brown head. A very heavy roast flavor. Almost crunchy.
cgarvieuk (18524) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Bottle at home ... deep black,slight smokey malt but not much;deep rich roast malt ;lots of coffee and roast malts.... 3.8
bottle at home batch 60 ... bbf DEC 2010... deep roast malts nose ... still over fizzy ... meaty malts ... big fruits ... rich and dark ... light coffee ... great roast ... awsome .. considering its age .. actually just awsome 4.0
Miksu (5030) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.5 l bottle. Black color with creamy tan head. Roasted aroma with coffee, charcoal and some unpleasant alcohols. The taste is initially sweet but soon becomes dry with acrid, bitter and nutty roastedness.
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a solid black with a thick creamy brown head. The wheat protein must have contributed to the head because it is more prolific than I have ever seen in an impy. The aroma is sweet, rich, roasty, chocolate, coffee. The sweetness is a little different from most impys. Its more like a light sugar/honeysuckle sweet than the rich dark sugar sweet. The flavor is rich and fairly simple. Not very complex but it does wat it does well. Roasty, chocolate, coffee. Not an amazing imperial stout but one you should have under your belt I feel.
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a 500ml bottle from Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a near opaque dark brown brew with a slow dissolving light tan head that has good lacing and retention. Aroma of dark roasted malt, some chocolate, molasses, black licorice and a touch of sour red grapes. Taste is full bodied, thick, chewy, with flavors of dark chocolate, red berries, with dark toasted malt. Not much in hop flavor or character. Finish is slightly acidic from its high alcohol with a dark berry aftertate. Definitely a decent winter warmer.
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is less amazing than I imagined. The aroma has a nice pear fruitiness with the roastiness and hops. There’s the ashy flavor that’s often present in coffee stouts, but I haven’t heard about coffee in this one. I really hope there isn’t because I’ve got to go to bed after LSU wins tonight. The flavor is surprisingly thin. There’s the bitterness from hops and burned malts, but not a lot of other flavors to balance it out. There is an amazing, luxuriously creamy head on this thing, however.