Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours wtih a black body topped by a medium thick, brown head and some lacing. Slightly sweet and malty with a nice roastiness and some coffee notes with an underlying chocolate note. Full bodied and a touch dry.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Opaque black in color. No head. Light, sudsy lace that slowly empties into glass. Black coffee, roasted nut, fudge. Hints of grapes and other fruity scents. Really distinguished itself via flavoring. initial chocolate nut taste followed by tangy, fruity finish. Residual coffee ground taste lingers in the throat. Solid and distinctive but not overly pleasing to me.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Dickinsonbeer. Pitch black color with a small creamy tan head that looked like the top of an espresso. Nice roasted malt aroma, with some coffee, dark chocolate and hazelnuts. Flavor was all dark roasted malts. There was some coffee and chocolate in the background, but you had to search for them. I didn’t get any of the nuttiness I got in the aroma. Full bodied, but low carbonation made it feel a bit cloying. Overall a very enjoyable impy stout, but I was hoping for a bit more.
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
JSquire, Hotstuff and I had this at a tasting party at his house last night. We had a blind 5 stout tasting and this was #1. This bottled brew from a rating party poured a head of brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind an opaque body with no visible carbonation and thick oily lacing. The aroma was vinous with dark chocolate and dark malt notes. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes ofsemi-sweet dark malt.
jsquire (3309) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black beer out of the bottle with the traditional oily trails on the glass when swirled. Creamy brown head. Enticing aroma of cocoa powder and burnt sweetened coffee. This is one of the complex imperial stouts that leads with the coffee and bitter chocolate, follows with an almost berry fruitness, and finishes with an oily green bitterness reminiscent of pine and mown grass. Really a good example of the excess of big beers.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with kyzr. Thanks Mitch!
Pours a black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and nuts. tatse is very smooth with a nice plum, raisin flavor. Slightly smokey after taste with a semi sweet finish.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours nearly black with almost no head. Aroma of rich, dark roasted chocolate and coffee with a hint of bitter hops. Taste adds more bitterness, but very nicely balanced with the rest. Taste was moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Bitter finish. Full body. Creamy and warm texture. Gets a little hotter as it warms. Drink it cold! You won’t be sorry.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared on 3/22/07 with my brother who brought it from Ohio on our recent trip to Colorado. Pours out like spent motor oil, except this was blacker. I thought i was going to have to find a thin spatula to get it all out of the bottle. Big, dark brown head that persisted nicely under some excellent lace. Deep. dark chocolate aroma laced with roasted nuts, espresso, and dark fruit. Thick, oily mouthfeel, yet somooth, rich and chewy with just enough carbonation to enhance rather thatn detract. The roasted malts provide most of the bitterness with this one, with the underlying dark caramel and chocolate sweetness providing the needed balance. This is a big, rich Impy Stout - what a treat.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK third time’s a charm, i’ve tried t orate my 1000th beer a ton. here goes. a black pour with dark dark brown head and aroma of walnuts, cashews and some marshmellows. this beer tastes liek it was roasted on a fire pit. lots of roasted malt with some marshmellow and oak and vanilla with some peanut amd cashew with some heavy dark and milk chocolate. amazing. freaking amazing. a great 1000th beer. :)
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber courtesy of OhioDad and shared with illini08, thanks for the bottle Scott. beer doesn’t get much darker than this! very, very black with a tan head. aroma was bittersweet chocolate and coffee. flavor was dark roast malts, coffee and some chocolate. dark roast was so up front, it masked what other flavors I’m sure were lurking around. thick and chewy palate with well hidden alcohol.