phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with a light brown head. Some creaminess, a nice flavor. A solid stout, felt a little thinner than some of the better imperial.
Quick3Beers (633) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black, from a bottle, thin hot-chocolate colored head, almost no lacing. Flavor of baking chocolate, maybe a little raspberry. Hit of bitterness toward the end. Very good beer.
puboflyons (2786) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 650 ml. bottle.The pour is dark brown to black. Good sweet malt character on the nose. Some cellar mustiness. The aroma is also sweet and caramel like. The body is medium. The taste is also sweet with a low alcohol bite. That’s a good thing.
Earlier Rating: 2/1/2015 Total Score: 4
From the 650 ml. bottle dated 2014. The pour is deep dark jet black with a modest tan head on top. I pick up more of a milk chocolate character before all else but no alcohol considering the 10% ABV. The body is around medium. The taste has a kind of milk chocolate flavor with dark roasted malts and a slightly dry finish.
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite black pour with very little brown head. Aroma is mostly roast malt with a faint smokiness. Flavors are of cocoa with a mild sweetness, very roasty, and slight hint of ripe fruit. Very balanced and clean finish make this super drinkable for the style. Alcohol is well-hidden.
trapped (1783) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Draught 55. Inky dark brown with small tan foamy head, mocha aroma, medium carbonation, bitterish mocha taste with alcohol undertones, medium bitter finish. Well masked alcohol content.
r464 (2168) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Very dark with a thin tan head. Comes on very full. Roasty malt, cocoa, cherry, raisin. A bit of toast and a slight tartness. Not creamy, but some thickness to it.
Bulk_Carrier (3174) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample glass at Two Brothers Tavern, Middlebury, VT.
This was poured into one of those pilsener looking sample glasses (yes, so take with grain of salt to an extent), here’s the rest.
The appearance was a black color with a thin glaze of a cap of a tan head. Quickly dissipated, no lacing.
The smell had a good amount of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, black licorice, roasty coffee beans, and a delicate amount of dark fruits.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors. Roasty tones make a decent effort and slide through the dark fruits to blend into the aftertaste, decent. Semi-sticky fruity to licorice finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Weird that a 10%-er has a slightly crushable feel to it and its on tap, hmm...leaves me wondering.
Overall, well, its not a bad RIS, just comes across a bit lighter than expected. Good aroma and flavor, could come back to it for that.
plaugher (294) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml into a snifter. Pours an opaque mocha-black with a sparse white head. Nose of dark fruit, chocolate, a bit of coffee. Slight sweetness, with a definite warming note. (Perhaps the end of August is the wrong time?) Light carbonation, but thick and viscous on the palate. Unsurprisingly, boozy. Should have saved it until December or January.
Drake (11437) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from State Line. Near black, thin creamy tan head. Fair retention. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, hints of leather. The taste is cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, mild roast and green hops. Thin-medium bodied. Solid.
dmac (5092) - 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.
metalhead0043 (203) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Triangle Wine for 3 bucks. Dated 2012. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is fruit, sweet chocolate, some coffee. Taste is fruit and chocolate up front as well with a lasting chocolate flavor on the back end. Some coffee in there as well. Texture is slightly thick, not quite on par with some of my favorites though. Easy to drink, not much alcohol burn to it. Overall a decent imperial stout.