JorisPPattyn (9379) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge rusty-beige head over black beer. Fruity and vegetable (if delicate) on typical, even lightly vinous acidic stout hints. Sweet-liquorice. In the finish definitely portwine. Banana, chocolate. Very well-bodied, alcoholwarming. Quite nice, even if I had preferred less liquorice in the flavour. Thanks to M & L V!
ClarkVV (5681) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle, drunk at the brewery on 7/8/16.
Large, well-retained, tan head tops a ebony-to-dark-mahogany body that shows very good clarity and maroon-magenta highlights on the edges.
Good salty char immediately balanced by deep fudge-tinged base malts. Requisite prune-raisin-fig what have you character that all the best Impys must have, adding complexity and respite from the rich caramel and chocolate of the malts. Roast pretty well tempered, though it does get pretty intense at times. Barrel aging done wonderfully-well, showing great restraint, as is the norm for HF. No big oak flavors and even the port is difficult to pinpoint. Vanilla, plentiful prune and raisin-like acidity and more enjoyable char-like character lingering. Alcoholic at times, but pretty well integrated with the strong house minerality/plaster-like character.
Sweet, but well-balanced with a malty, but well-attenuated texture propelled on by tight carbonation. A study in balance, as his best beers always are. Alcohol does show forth providing very minor glue-like notes. Otherwise, plentiful milk chocolate, roast, char, prunes and vanilla-caramel base malts that are quite sumptuous. Low on the wood and with no toasted oak character. Again, port character low in the beer, but I always appreciate the restraint on barrel character. Great attenuation and drinkable for its size. An all-around fantastic beer, except for the strong alcohol. So I’m kinda torn on my evaluation. I think, despite the alcohol, it was still incredibly enjoyable so I tend to give it a little leeway.
Johnsense (1322) - - JUN 18, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Properly cellared since 2013. pitch black pour, larger swized brown head. Aroma of fuge brownie, port, wood, toasted malt - very rich! roasted malt and fudge up front, port wine, bakers cocoa, woody, light smoke, cherry notes. - yep, thatès a full 10! Full bodied, zero alcohol warming, perfect carbonation.
Samact (36) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bu sur place à la brasserie. Bouteille de 2013. Le liquide se verse dans mon verre tel un sirop d’un noir obscur. Une mousse de plusieurs centimètres se forme et prend un temps fou à s’apaiser. Je ne crois pas avoir déjà vu une mousse aussi consistante et abondante. Des arômes de mélasse, de sucre, d’alcool et de chêne se dégage du verre qui tournois doucement dans ma main. En bouche, le liquide ne déçoit pas du tout. Son corps est tellement épais et sirupeux. Le liquide dégage les mêmes saveurs de mélasse, d’alcool, de sucre, de fruits rouges. Le vieillissement semble lui avoir procurer une complexité très intéressante.
GlasgowTAD (1336) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with an opulent mocha head; an aesthetic artefact in itself. Aroma is sour burgundy cherries, molasses, port, vinous, fruity, coffee. Taste register rings in vinous port notes which introduce an element of acidity which is followed by caramelly sweetness, cocoa sweetness, milk chocolate sweetness; the journey continues on into the bitter coffee themed room, oak and leather are succeeded by roast malts. Full bodied.
_angst_ (4464) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received in trade. Pours viscous pitch black with a rather big frothy and creamy mocha head that leaves lots of spotty trace in the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and fruity with roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, burnt caramel, oatmeal cookies, moist wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, white raisins, prunes, vanilla, port wine and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, heavy bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is creamy, round, tiny tart, astringent, tiny boozy and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with roasted malts, burnt caramel, charred wood, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, raisins, prunes, moist soil and port wine alcohol. Heavy complex brew. Nice malt and roast profile with the added port wine complexity. Really cool stuff... Layers upon layers!
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma holds dark fruits, fruits, port, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oranges, wood and vanilla. Solid roast, vinous barrel caracter and a light sourish touch. The flavour is medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic with port, chocolate and wood as the most notable. The mouthfeel soft and velvety with a light carbonation. Near full bodied.
tkrjukoff (4302) - SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tnx to Alex. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is lots of Port and barrel smokey raisins dark fruits coffee. Flavor is acidy vinous roasted malty fruity pungent bitter with dry bitter finnish
ctipping (1256) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Originally reviewed 1/27/2014.
Inky black. Glass-staining. Big khaki head. Hefty collar.
Chocolate covered cherry aroma. Vinous red wine. Dark roasted chocolate malts.
Doesn’t taste anywhere near as good as it smelled. Red wine. Chalky and a little metallic. Intense roasted malts. Bitter coffee. Very chocolatey.
Overcarbonated. Boozy. Oaky.
The smell is quite outstanding, but the flavor doesn’t follow suit. Really improves as it warms, though.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to oteyj, as usual, for hooking up the crazy HF shit! 375ml bottle. Oily black pour, minimal head. Just absurd nose and flavor, with gorgeous vinous port, tannic oak with hints of acidity, black plum, chocolate ganache, espresso sans bitterness.... good god. The epitome of digestif. So tasty.