jimhilt (2341) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a one finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is roasted chocolate, dry chocolate finish. Thin, not malty enough and low ABV (7%) for a RIS. $5.49 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.
Rasmus40 (8919) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. 210412
ken1 (720) - DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good stout with a nice roasted flavor and good bitterness. The color is very dark almost black with a creamy head.
obguthr (3317) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Licorice, tar, tobacco, and fudge nose, pretty strong. black, thick, beige head. Light body considering the robust aroma. Licorice and fudge flavor. tobacco throughout. Finishes with tar. Will not have broad appeal, but I really dug it, just a little thin.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
11.2 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is quite strange. It is a bit salty with some mild smokiness and some metallic roastiness. This is pretty difficult to enjoy. Opaque black body with a moderate tan head and not too much in the way of lacing. Starts salty, cloying, and mildly roasted. Lots of mineral body here. Becomes a little floral, before a roasty and somewhat coffee flavoring comes through towards the end. Kind of swampy and thin. Not such a great example of the style.
craftycarl21 (2087) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Churchkey. Oily black pour, small tan head. Nose and flavor are marked with some nice roasted malt, coffee, touches of milk and bitter chocolate, and some plum and fig dark fruit tones. Soft, pretty light on the body for an impy, which fits the 7.5%. Not bad.
douglas88 (5171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Hamiltons. Not a big Impy, but decent. Pours a pure black color with a small white head. The aroma is a milky roast, light coffee. A mellow stout with roasted malts, sweet milky coffee, vanilla. Pretty nice.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Birch. Thick as oil and super viscous. Drinks with many of the expected character of an imperial stout, but the fundamental flavor is hard to pin down ... one of my buddies claimed he detected some whiskey. I tend to label it more as a prune or dark fruit. What’s different in this is that there’s absolutely no alcohol kick or warmth ... means this finishes with less than the oomph that you might want. (#4554, 3/13/2012)
kindacold (197) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with no head. Mild sweet smell. Tastes sweet and malty, with distinct chocolate flavor and spicy hop finish. Bubbly mouthfeel with relatively clean finish.
kramer (4377) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Very dark, almost pitch black pour with a one finger frothy dark brown head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is a bit acrid and burnt with some heavy coffee burnt caramel. The flavor is kinda similar, just a little too roasty and burnt for it’s own good. There’s a missing level of sweetness here that could help balance things out. Just not one for me. Medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. No perceptible alcohol except for a bit of a warming sensation on the finish. Meh.