acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from dra19. Pours black as night with thin brownish head. Aroma of Oreos with a hint of urine. In the mouth, the first impression is of overpowering sweetness, though thankfully later swallows weren’t so one-sided. After my tongue had acclimated to the sweetness, I was able to taste the more interesting parts of this brew, coffee, chocolate, roasted whatever. The finish is dominated by alcohol. I guess I can see what others like in this brew, but I wasn’t my speed.
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Year old bottle from ____. Tasted at Churchill’s with Ivan, Tim, Aaron, and Dave. Big dark tan head of small bubbles. Medium body. Mellow caramel sweetness with only a slight roastiness, which I like. Taste is a little of burnt caramels. Nice.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks eagle. Poured a dark black with tan head. Aroma was of chocloate and a little bitter coffee. Flavor was overwelmed by the chocolate, some coffee in there. Good beer.
NachlamSie (3278) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 bomber big thanks goes out to Tronraner for this one. The pour is super black with a tall dark tan head that slowly fades away to a thin, whispy layer. Lacing is awesome. The nose is powerfully rich with deep layers in the aroma. It’s quite fruity only in the way of cherries and coconut with strong coffee ice cream, a bag of oats, and nuts. The flavor shows that weird interaction of hops and malts that comes through in this style sometimes. Makes me think roasted pineapple, but without any of the bitterness. The malty flavors are showcased here, however, with rich suggestions of coffee, cherries, chocolate, and tons of oats. This is absolutely enjoyable. I can’t believe how nutty and grainy the flavor is, yet the bittersweet character is more than enough to round things out in a fabulously balanced package. Top notch imperial stout!
[June 21, 2008]
Bomber. This is black, viscous oil with a dark head to boot. This was a little too cold at first, but I could still find plenty of roasted, bittersweet character in the aroma with ints of ash, oatmeal, nuthsells, mocha, and espresso. BORIS is good stuff cold, but obviously allowing it to warm closer to room temp really lets the flavor shine. Delightful chocolate syrup hints become much stronger, yet never approach being cloying as a complex palate of oatmeal, charred wood, ashtray, and espresso keep thing rich, bittersweet, and full-bodied. This is considerably good beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of dra19, shared with NachlamSie. Pours ultra black with dark reddish tan head. The aroma is strong, grainy, and resembles a candy bar: chocolate, almonds, granola, some dried fruit. The flavor is along the same lines. Dried berries and semi-sweet chocolate start it off, then a smooth graininess that tastes so much like a granola bar. Some roasty coffee notes come after that, and then a piney bitterness sets in toward the finish. Dry, somewhat alcoholic aftertaste. The whole experience reminds me of hiking for some reason. This is incredibly tasty, and I feel nourished for drinking it.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 22 oz bottle from LeopoldStotch, I believe. Thanks dude. Black, oil like pour. Aroma of dark roasted malt. Almost burnt like. Flavor is Extremely malty, with a very light hop finish. Nice thick syrupy texture. Pretty standard, but still a good imperial Stout.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have I made a serious error thinking I could drink a bomber of this myself? I’ve already dripped a stain of dark brown liquid on the "V" key of my Mac’s pristine white keyboard... Pours like tar with a thick, black body impervious to light under a short yet thick brownish head. Powerful chocolate syrup aroma with dark fruits and alcohol, cherries, Cocoa Puffs. Thick and syrupy in the mouth, it is a challenge to treat this as a liquid as my mouth assumes it’s eating, not drinking. Deep chocolaty flavor with deeper roasted malt. Pitted fruit and hop bitterings finish and linger. Alcohol apparent. A heavy hitter with a deceptively sweet facade. I finish the challenge but I know I’ll regret it in the morning. Hoo, mama.
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marcus (9138) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from trade with Pantanap. This black ale poured with a decent tan head that sticks to the glass. There is a pleasant roasted malt aroma. The flavor is, indeed, very intense with elements of chocolate, espresso, cereal and some alcohol. The body is thick and rich and the finish is slightly chalky and dry. I enjoyed this one to the last drop.
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Huge (coffee) roast and syrupy chocolate aroma fills the room. Sweetish with some lesser notes of lactose and wood. Really high quality roasted malt. Pitch pour with a typically gorgeous light brown head, full and creamy and rocky and creeping up the sides of the glass; has some legs, too. Obese velvety body, only lightly crisp, with sultry, thick chocolate overtones. Roast is really only established in the dry aftertaste, after the chocolate wave has washed over the tongue. Touch of alcohol seeping into the taste, but only lightly numbing, and a subtle acidity. Lightly plummy with deep-background berry and slippery oats. Constant vanilla lingers long after. Hops are really only complementary here (i.e., seemingly dominated by the malt), yet there’s a citric sweetness toward the back end and a measure of balance struck despite the crushingly robust flavor. Decadent, sticky-lipped love!
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 Bottle one of two, courtesy crizay and nolankowal. Up against Speedway, DL07, DFHWWS06, and Expedition in a horizontal. Finished #3, nice job! Appearance typical for an Impy Stout. Aroma was milk chocolate more than anything else. Flavor was milk chocolate, light roast, dry coffee beans. Overall, somewhat sweet, little sticky, but enough carbonation to keep from being cloying. A nice brew, enjoyable. HF is a nice brewery. Re-rate, 1/10, came across quite nice, cocoa and chocolate notes very nice, oatmeal dryness still present but not enough, faint coffee in the finish. Numbers staying the same, perhaps they dserve a slight boost upward, but not significantly enough to split hairs.