mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - JAN 7, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottled, jet black w/ quickly dissipating head. mild malt aroma w/ a hint of alcohol, this brew enters with caramelly foretaste and ends w/ pronouced bitterness.
zach8270 (2921) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 (bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a thin tan head. Very dark and rich aroma of malts, coffee and bitter chocolate. Roasty and slightly sweet flavor with hints of nuts, roasted malts, chocolate and some dark fruits. The finish is slightly sweet with a touch of chocolate and leaves a chocolaty aftertaste. Quite good.
Scubatrip (584) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, pours a very dark color with a thick tan head. Smells of dark malts, chocolate, maybe some plum or dark berries? Tastes smooth, fruity, malty. Pretty good one.
IPFreely (1471) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Close enough to being black in color with brown highlights, medium sized tan head. This stout is certainly on the sweeter end of the spectrum with only hints of roast. Plenty of dark fruits, raisin, plum, and some milk chocolate. Medium bodied, actually a touch light, yet quite smooth and very easy to approach. You wonít see this one getting any raves but itís really not bad in the least and it is very drinkable.
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of OldGrowth. This is from the 100 Barrel Series and is session 12. Pours black with a small tna head. Nose is coffee, roasted malts, milk chocolate, and chocolate covered raspberries. Taste is surprisingly more sweet than bitter. Lots of chocolate, chocolate covered fruits, light coffee, roasted maltiness, buttered burnt toast, and dark fruits (raisins and plums). Body is light-medium with moderate carbonation. A thinner Imperial Stout, but it doesnít really detract from this. Finishes with more milk chocolate, sweetened coffee, light roasty mlts, and dark fruitiness. Bit on the thin side and a slight variation on the "standard" Imperial Stout, but still pretty good.
Sregnar35 (889) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, super fuggles imperial stout. Sweet, almost flavorless malt, with a huge fuggle aroma and taste, like that of shipyard IPA. Strange, not really an imperial stout by my book, but still different enough to at least be considered a good beer.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22 oz bottle) Pours the color of black coffee, thin tan head. Nose is roasted coffee, plums, sweet maltiness. Nice lacing. Mouthfeel smooth, slightly thinnish, very slightly sticky. Taste is initially very sweet, then kind of settles in to a rich black coffee flavor and bitterness accented by hints of cherries and plums. This is extremely drinkable. Couldnít get past that it seems a little forced in some way though. Harpoon probably didnít deliver any knockout blows here but they did make something both with some complexity and easy drinkability at the same time. Seems like a beer that might age well. A good beer.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black body, small tan head, sweet malty nose. Licorice, burnt malt, chocolate, sweet, medium bitterness.
canary dog (582) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and thick-- with a lingering roastedness bordering on smokey. Complex, but not necessarily so for the style.
OldGrowth (2107) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, rom Julioís. Good nose, sweet? Milk chocolate, marshmello, some egg and vine when cold, nutty, vanilla. Clean orangy dark brown color, ok head that faded to a foam cover. Sweet bitter flavors. Like aromas, with chocolate and caramel, pine, lite burnt molassess. confection sugar. Medium body, lite creamy oily mouthfeel, lite burnt finish that has powdery coating. Tasty beer, little sweet for an Impy, kinda has a robust porter thing going on. Very drinkable though.