HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared by blankboy. black and oily, smallish light brown creamy head. Somewhat sweet deep roast aroma, alcohol, a bit of table cream, mint and herbal bitterness. Taste follows, a touch hot, nicely balanced though. Slick, low carbonation, quick oily alcoholic finish. Good.
Beerman6686 (6258) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a darker brown color with a lighter tan head. Aroma was of licorice, smoke, and dark burnt chocolate. Flavor was much the same, nicely smokey and a bit ashey, but not too offensive. Alcohol is hidden well too. Nice offering by Harpoon.
AirForceHops (6085) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle that I purchased @ Nikki’s Liquors, Providence, R.I. for $2.99. Vintage is 2012. Quickly dissipating tan head that died to nothing. Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruit and light vanilla. Tastes of decent amounts of roasted chocolate malts producing notes of coffee and raisins. Secondary flavors of light smokiness or burnt wood and light vanilla. Texture is on the oily side with a slick texture. ABV is masked after it’s cellared a bit like this bottle. For the price I paid for a bottle or what you will find for a 4 pack; it really is worth a try. Not going to blow your mind with flavor for the style, yet it still is a well-made imperial stout.
Patrickctenchi (5952) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours oil-black with a small, dark head.
Aroma is sweet cherry wood smoke, raw chocolate.
Flavour is very dark chocolate, thick...raisin..vanilla bean.
Tingly carbonation....a whisper of smoke and pepper.
Rich and smooth.
dmac (5479) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Joe Canals Fire Rd. Poured a sort of unimpressive super dark brown with a foamy mocha head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, marshmallows, amd dark cherry juice. Smooth body, with softer carbonation, decent heat. Flavor is similar to the aroma, dry dark chocolate, cbocolate syrup, burnt malts, burnt toast, ash dark fruits. Solid beer but sort of sweet for an Impy.
thornecb (5457) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha conglomerate head froths and recedes leaving spider lacing. Dark chocolate and pit fruit aromas. Thin with smoky chocolate upfront turning to caramel and pit fruit before the lasting hot espresso finish.
Cybercat (5055) - Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Comes out of the tap a rich, dark coffee brown with a fine-bubbled tan head that leaves generous lacing. Hearty aroma has strong chocolate, caramel and roast malt notes plus hints of caramel and fruit. Robust flavor has a core of roast malt and coffee, chocolate, earthy, woody hop and caramel notes of varying strength. Each sip seems just a little different. It is slightly sweet, but not too much. Texture seems just a teensy thin for an Imperial Stout, but otherwise quite firm and fizzy. Darkness visible, and very tasty!
SlovakSniper (5001) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750 ml. Vintage 2015) Un stout impérial presque noir avec une tête brune qui se dissipe au fil de la dégustation. Le nez m’intéresse mais ne me frappe pas avec ses parfums de bois brûlé, d’herbes piquantes, de malts chocolatés et grillés, de caramel noir, de raisins. Les saveurs de mélasse, de fruits foncés, de chocolat, de café, de pain brûlé et d’alcool légèrement poivré sont plaisantes sans être renversantes. Le corps m’apparaît comme étant de moyenne intensité. Le pétillement est ordonné au style. La texture est légèrement crémeuse. La finale est amère de malts brûlés et terreux avec une petite pincée de poivre.
sonnycheeba (4956) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap thanks to beerandblues2. Pours opaque black with average, frothy tan head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, roast malt, light woody notes and faint earthy hops. Flavor is roast malt forward with chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, dark fruit esters and light vanilla; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
kidmartinek (4631) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alright. Almost a black beer. The head.... oily tan. The aroma... roasted malt and oily alchy. Rich, chocolately and alcoholic taste. Right on par for harpoon. Its not disagreeable, which is better than I can say for most of their beers, but its not great either and being an imperial isn’t helping the cause in its own right. Maybe its the water supply or a "mediocre beer" allergy. At any rate, drink this and be moderately satisfied and completely full. The disappearing head act and no lace left behind only hurt the cause further.