BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Pours basically opaque with a long lasting frothy beige head and outstanding lace. Big espresso vapours on the nose along with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and some dark twangy fruits, citric hops, leather, char and tobacco esters. The taste founds suit with big bitter coffee overtones and some chocolate, roast, char, and earthiness. Not really getting any of the black currents claimed on the description but more like fig cookies. Add some resiny hops and this is one BITTER Impy Stout... and almost too much even for me for I longed for the sweet chocolate that got butt violated and thrown to the curb.
Theydon_Bois (11580) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Chriso Easter tasting, 04/04/15.
Black with a decent tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is chocolate, tar, spice, dark fruit notes, liquorice.
Taste comprises soy sauce, chocolate, spice, toffee fudge, dark fruit rinds.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok impy if a little basic.
madmitch76 (17155) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4th April 2015
ChrisOs Easter Tasting. Opaque dark brown beer, good pale tan head. Airy dark malts. A touch of paint, like it was barrel aged. Mild dry dark chocolate. Light dry finish with a dark chocolate linger. A bit chewy but okay.
Scopey (8331) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at ChrisO, thanks to Fergus. It pours jet black with a decent tan head. The nose is earth roast, chocolate, mild acidity, bounty bar and salted caramel. The taste is roasted malt, earth, toast, ash, charred stuff, savoury feel and pepper with a drying finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Rather savoury... and not terribly drinkable.So-so.
The_Osprey (2794) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at ChrisO’s. Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is mostly liquorice, liquorice allsorts, molasses, light chocolate. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is light biscuity malts, thin coffee sweets, caramel. OK, light flavour. Not an impy in my book.
mR_fr0g (4745) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso easter tasting. Big viscous opaque black / dark caramel brown coloured pour with a lasting thin mid tan head. Aroma is salty caramel, dark choc, roast, little raisin. Flavour is composed of big dark choc, salty, caramel, toasted coconut, Palate is velvety, smooth on the tongue, vanilla, oak, creme caramel. Solid stuff.
rlgk (12430) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a tasting at Chris and Ruth 150404. Opaque black beer with a nice lasting beige/brownish head. Roasted chocolate and leather aroma, cocoa, hay, licorice, hay, some caramel and raisins. Roasted caramel and chocolate flavor, raisins, figs, licorice, milk chocolate, some hazel nuts, warming alcohol. Quite nice.
AirForceHops (4070) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle at World of Beer, Tampa. Pitch black with a thin off white head. Aroma is charred grain, old coffee grounds and ash. Flavor is leaning on the licorice and charred malt and burnt barley spectrum. chocolate upfront and turns into tobacco leaves, charred barley and hints of licorice. Texture has a ashy texture inside a medium to fuller body. Chalky texture. No bottle daring so... Hard to know how long it sat in the cooler or if that even matters at all.
joeneugs (3817) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml. bottle. It pours a very thick black color with a nice tan head. The aroma is thick with chocolate fudge, hints of coffee, treacle and pumpernickel bread. Maybe some light black licorice. Pretty nice as Imperial Stouts go. The flavor is rich with dark fruity fig, dates, dark bread, coffee roast, black licorice, treacle. Very complex, creamy, fruity, roasted, chocolaty and good! A good beer from Hermitage. Nice.
spacecube (1179) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, pours black with a small head. Aroma is chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla. For a imperial stout a light medium body, texture is oily with fine, lasting carbonation. Light malt sweetness with bitter notes at the finish.
slowrunner77 (6580) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"Kinda week and one dimensional for the style, though as a beer, probably there best I’ve had to date...just can’t think of the lightish sweet brew as an imperial."