sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by puddintane: Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma, floral and citrus hops with some sweet pale malty notes. Flavor, citrus and floral notes, slight bitterness, very sweet caramel notes.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Dickinsonbeer. Hazy amber/light brow in color with a small head. Aroma: citrus, floral, with alot of caramel malts and a light touch of alcohol. A touch of yeast also. Taste is alot of caramel, light to moderately boozy, with citrus and pine flavor and bitterness that does a decent job of balancing the caramel malt backbone. However, the hops are not in forefront, which is what I like in a IIPA. Taste also had some bready yeast. Finishes with lingering caramel sweetness, alcohol, and a moderate hop bitterness. Tasted more like a barleywine than an IIPA to me.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from ucusty. Murky amber with a dense off white head. Sweet malt and orange nose, some earthy notes, a bit of pine, rather fruity. Very earthy flavor, a bit of pine in the back, caramel. Nose is far more interesting than the flavor, but still a nice beer. Borders in a barleywine.
brnandersen (1905) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 650 ml. bottle. Slightly hazy golden colour with a dense, white head. Fruity aroma with floral hops, citrus, a herbal, spicy note and caramel malts. Medium body with soft carbonation. Finishes dry and herbal bitter.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First rating for this beer! Poured at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville. Pours a clear copper color, with a thick, foamy light tan head. looks pretty nice. Smells of big hops, with some definite malty characters surrounding it. Seems to be balanced so far. The taste is actually big on the malt flavors. Almost creamy, with the big hops making their presence known as well. Pretty complex and interesting. Not awesome, by any means, but pretty solid.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus bomber from the generous NachlamSie. Thanks! Nice bottle cap of a Scottish dude with bagpipes...keeper. Pours with a small head of small bubbles that fades to an awesome microbubble veil on the surface. Amber color becomes cloudy only after I pour the yeast goodies in from the bottom of the bottle. Nice hoppy aroma. Sweet and delicious with the alchohol well hidden. Hop bitterness is mild and hop aroma is above average. The hops used are really wonderful. Not so much west coast grapefruit hops, but a little different fruit. What’s with all of these sad 3.5 faces? I thought it was very good! 4.1!
bubbleflubber (1826) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very lucky to have a friend snag several extremely limited edition releases of this year’s batch. The inconsistency of hops available and grown by the Highland Brewing Company is likely for the variety of rating scores... it varies from year to year, and a different "version" emits every year. Fortunately, this year, the batch was quite good. The pour is a deep orange-nut, with a very nice eggshell froth that diminishes to a soapy cap. Pineapple and pine are predominate in the nose. Tropical citrus and caramel/toffee are quite smooth, backed with a spiced hop... just a touch of alcohol peppers lightly on the end of the pull. This is extremely well-integrated, but my only concern is that the body is a little lighter than the traditional Impy IPA. Very, very smooth, however, with medium carbonation levels. My impression is that the beginning and ending of the pull are done nicely, just sagging slightly in the middle.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
murky bronze in color with a creamy whit head that laves no traces on the glass as it settles.aroma is of cotton candy,oranges,caramel malts,and juicy fruit gum.the flavor boasts much of the same.this really tastes more like a barley wine to me.i wonder how old this bottle is?
Westmeister (1750) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Well, since I was not a big fan of the non-imperial version, I was not very optimistic. Expectations were exceeded. Taste was very clean maltiness, light citrus, some pine and just a hint of booze. Very nice.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from elmatador00 - thanks!! Amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is sweet and citrusy/piney with lots of malty/bready sugar. Taste has a good amount of citrus and floral hops and lots of big bready-sweet malts. Nice mouthfeel overall. Good brew, but way too malty to be among the best in the style. I enjoyed it (and not to piss on anyone who likes the maltier DIPAs) but I would rather have a good barleywine if I want this much malt with my hops. Still very good for what it is.