HSBC (2) - Carson City, Nevada, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has a big chocolate malty taste with a nice floral aroma. It also is very smooth and non filling. An Outstanding beer!
Fatehunter (2063) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is cocoa powder, wood and roasted malt.
The taste has quite a bit of black licorice throughout, a bit of chocolate and coffee too.
The texture is thicker.
The licorice flavor overpowered the brew.
dnstone (2457) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2015
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Roasted aroma. Black color with off-white head. Overly roasty-bitter flavors. These beers are pretty underwhelming.
slowrunner77 (9226) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2015 "Aroma of malted chocolate hits you up front and center. Undertones of molasses, roasted coffee and a hint of hops. Flavor nearly exactly the same...maybe a touch of licorice in their as well. Body is not thin despite the relatively low abv for an impy. Decadent. Nice to see a local bottling something of this quality."
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Holiday Market in Cool, CA. Pours a black color with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt. Roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. Wish it had a little more body to it. Solid brew.
marcus (8698) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at West Coast Brew Fest. Pours near black with a modest tan head and a citrus aroma.There is a rich treacle and anise flavor with a dry finish.
fezzy (105) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black and oily in appearance with a fine thin creamy head; nose has a bit of floral hop to go with the expected dark malt scent. Flavor has plenty chocolate and coffee in the roasty malt base, but nicely finishing with dry hopping for excellent drinkability.
anders37 (21924) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ GABF 2013. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.
jtclockwork (13278) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of coffee, roast chocolate, toasted vanilla and roast. Medium body.
bhensonb (13616) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at California Brew fest. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma of lightly burnt malt with hop that might be floral. Med body. Flavor is the malt, a little treacle, some mixed flavors. Excellent.
oRos (1503) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at California brewers festival. Pours black with brown head. Taste is roasted malt and chocolate but it seems light not imperial