rayg1 (567) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thick light brown head. Aroma is rich, full of dark roasted malts and a very powerful smell of dark fruits and tiny bit of chocolate. Taste is a great blend of roasted, nutty, and Earth flavors mixed with a touch of bitter chocolate. Next, a sweet kick of plums, dates, and blueberries at the end. Interesting that a Impy Stout can be so roasty and fruity at the same time and certainly one of the sweeter, if not the sweetest imperial stouts I’ve had. This stuff is really good, my only problem is the mouthfeel is a little thin.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown/black with a big thick dark brown head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt and a little chocolate and coffee. Finish is burnt and sticky and very warming.
altonbrownd (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 60 / Dec. 2006. 50cl bottle from BierKoning. Wow. A very dark and excellent Imperial stout. Viscious aroma. Dark brown hues. Oatmeal, chocolate, toffee and bread flavours. Flavour is very rich, textured. I love it. Would love to try it on tap someday.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, GBBF. Brown-leaning black, small layer of rust head. Deep rummy chocolate aroma, iodine, vanilla. Lovely minernal chocolate flavor with a big wall of dark bread and roast. Wonderful blue cheese fumey note on the exhale that further endears me to this out of the ordinary Imp. Fantastic.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of jasonp. Thanks, Jason! Pours a dark brown color; slightly oily; minimal, light tan head. Dark chocolate and slightly vegetal aroma; some roasted coffee. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: oily, charred coffee and dark chocolate; very roasted, nutty presence in the mouth; light carbonation, with plenty of density and depth. Lengthy, dry coffee and bitter chocolate finish.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Bottle@Home, Dec 07, 4.0: Sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee and prune. Black color, brown head, good lace. Sweet, coffee, roasted, fruity, bitter finish. Sparkling at first but sandy mouthfeel finish. Flavorful and went very well with a herbal goat cheese. Glad to see that the previous festival rating was close to this one at home. Bottle@GBBF07, Aug 07, 4.1: Sweet coffe aroma with black berries and a hint of cherry. Black color, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, black berries, light roasted, soft mouthfeel, little sticky. Well balanced not overwhelming imperial stout.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
Bottle at GBBF. Awesome balck as hell body with a well behaved tan head. Hoppy and milky aroma with plenty of dark malt and an odd hint of peach. Flavour is a lovely hoppy imperial stout with dark tangy malt, delicate smoke, a little coffee and liquorice and a dry bitter finish. Mighty tasty but not a world beater.
Tmoney99 (11084) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and dark fruit and woody smoke aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Solid dark roasted flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex beer that when well with a good cook out.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can smell wood, coffee, alcohol, smoke, and it smells as though the beer was roasted. Decent smell, but lacks a sweet smell, but it is not barrel aged, so I can’t expect that too much. A nice pitch black appearance that is pleasing to the eye, Not as thick of a pour as I was hoping for. The beer has a very roasted taste. I can taste wood, coffe, and a nice burnt flavor. I can taste a hint of vanilla, but it does not stand out much. The beer is pretty good. A nice smooth palate. Very smooth, and decent. I appreciate this beer especially for the roast.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, picked up at Peace Street Market in Raleigh. Very dark brown/almost black with a thick beige head. Dusty light mocha nose with a hint of chocolate. Espresso-like roastiness, somewhat astringent dark malt along with some spice, bittersweet dark chocolate and a burnt edge. Medium bodied with light carbonation.