hohops (518) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Appearance is pitch black, with a finger’s worth of a mocha head. Aroma- sweet candy, liquorice, smoke hints, leather, tar, a bit of toffee and molasses. Taste- roasted malt hints, liquorice, sugary sweetness, some blackcurrant, a bit of fruitcake, some coffee in the finish. Coats the mouth but slightly cloys. An interesting stout.
ludhaber (85) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is unique all right. But there are lots of unique things in this world that have taken things too far. This beer is barely drinkable. It is a real challenge. I could think of some interesting food pairings with it but as a drink on its own it’s awful. Coffee and hops bitters dominate and put this beer over the top. Even with aging I have a hard time imagining this as a good beer.
bigben873 (163) - Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is what happens if you brew soy sauce with an imperial stout. Very strong, but not appealing. - March Madness 2014
jamesie1857 (1661) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beer Hawk - Jet black body, thick firm lasting beige head. Nose is a winey, sweet balsamic vinegar, lots of fruit and a bit of smoke. Mouthfeel is great - meringue like - nice robust and oily. Taste is a strange sweet and sour mix, but in a good way, with a boozy warmth going down. Very nice and enjoyable IRS.
johnnnniee (2924) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
1999 Vintage shared at the Taster’s Choice gathering.
Thick black liquid with a faint tan head that disappears almost instantly. Sharp raspberry lactic tartness with hints of oxidation and band aid like phenols. Light ashy roasty aroma barely makes it through the other smells. The flavor follows the aroma. Light sherry and sharp fruity flavors with some wet cardboard held together with band aids. Light caramel and ashy roast flavor round it out. Medium to thin body with a thin layer of carbonation. I’ve heard its a crap shoot whether you get a nicely aged bottle of this or not. Unfortunately we drew the short straw here. I will re-rate if I find a better example of this brew.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 vintage. 275 ml bottle poured into snifter. Pours thick and pitch black with a thin, creamy deep tan head that melts away to a swirly film. Strong aroma of sweet roasted malts, toffee, coffee, and Worcester sauce. Huge roasty coffee/toffee flavor with a long and complex finish that I’m at a loss to describe. Palate is thick and chewy... this is definitely one to take your time with.
fletchfighters (1255) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2014
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
11.2 oz bottle
Motor oil pour. Pitch black. No head at all with this. Thick and syrupy looking thing.
Odd nose. Roasted malts, chocolate, balsamic vinegar, Vegemite, and lacto. Very odd and just does not suit well.
Taste was pure Vegemite and balsamic vinegar with touches of milk stout. Not good at all. High carbonation and thick body. awful
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London Aug 2013 - Black in colour. Very Malty; very roast malts, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, liquorice. Spicy; salty, soy sauce. Fruity; dark fruits, plums, raisins. Hoppy; grassy hops. Slightly oily. Very warming alcohol. Sweet very roast malty with hints of sour. Harveys say "unusually sweet & sour beer" and they are right. Enjoyed it. Interesting Impy Stout!
thegreenrooster (3533) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009. Pour is a thick crude oil black with no head at all. Aroma is berry like with some sugar, sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor is vinous with sour grapes and sweet molasses malts. Finish leaves a thick coating of the malt with the aftertaste of marzipan. This was different and weird, I have been holding on to this for a while. Good to try and pass around but don’t think I need a newer vintage.
Quack-Duck (8572) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Noble Wines Tunbridge Wells. Deep black, beige head. Lovely aroma of roasetd malts and caramel, coffee. Full-bnodied, intensivbely malty with lots of caramel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee... lingering dark malty finish. Delicious!