jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2011 Pours pitch black with an awesome dark head. I love this beer. Itís so smooth and easy to enjoy and drink. Wonderful maltiness. Canít taste the 10.5% at all. Finishes dry and sweet. Really awesome.
rerated on 6/12/11 - Have you ever had a Moroccan Olive. This brew reminds me of it some much...itís so rich and malty that itís almost savory. I love it. Bumping it up a couple of points
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to adneilsen for sharing - Iíll admit that I am typically not impressed with impy stouts all that much anymore, but this reminds me why I used to love them - creamy, smooth mouthfeel/texture - nice balance of cream and chocolate sweetness and char/roast - lingering espresso finish - moderate acidity to cut the sweetness on the tail end - nicely executed.
adnielsen (9533) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Black appearance with a dark brown head. Slightly bitter, pretty thick chocolate, dark malty nose. Thick, somewhat syrupy mouth feel. Thick, espresso, chocolatey, dark, velvety malty flavor. Incredibly smooth. Slightly bitter, very tasty dark malty finish.
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is a big-boy beer. Lots of burnt stout-related tastes. Big-bodied. I actually will pass on re-purchasing but I will give the BORIS a try.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, oats, licorice and grassy hops. Black hue with a very small brown head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied, oily soft and not cloying. Overall I was surprised at how easy this brew is to drink. I was expecting a beer that was much more viscous but no so much. A very solid Impy but is needs a little more head.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy Shit, thank you Peter. This beer pours darker and more viscous than any beer I can recall. The head is large, creamy, oily and dark brown. Aroma of hops, roasted nuts and malts, chocolate, wood, mild alcohol. Taste is rich chocolate, lots of sweetness but enough bitter cocoa and hop flavor to balance it well. Thick chewy texture, very mouth coating and oily. An extremely delicious beer.
3fourths (8288) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 bottle. deep black body, short, firm dark brown head. nose is inky soy sauce, roasted barley and fudge with a fog of mildly caustic milk powder yeast. body is silky, thick and full with chunky and chewy malt support and assertive hop bitterness. sweet oatmeal and molasses early but the sweetness seems tempered by hop bitterness and malt roast. turns more towards cooked greens and wet mint hop flavor with increasing bitterness and astringency in the green finish, but still manages to leave a lingering dark chocolate and stewed cherry / plum sweetness on the palate. overall itís enjoyable as it possesses pleasant frothiness and flavor provided by well-matched acid, bitterness, sweetness and carbonation
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours jet black with a light tan head, not much retention or lacing.
The aroma is very light, not a whole there. Light coffee.
The taste is also pretty light, some coffee, a light bitter coffee.
Ernest (6417) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, dark brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate, cookie, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of vanilla, alcohol, wood.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Iím not sure how one extra percentage point over Boris earns it the "double" moniker, but I certainly would not want this to have any more booze than it has. Itís rather simple, surprisingly, but aromatically attractive and reasonably solid. The mouthfeel is less than impressive, being rather watery, thinner than its gravity would suggest, and burning in the finish. The recent batch of Boris I had was better, but this is still a decent Impy overall.
Beaver (1363) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a medium creamy dark brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate malts, roast, grains, black licorice and a little charred leather.
The flavor is sweet chocolate with a lot of roast, black licorice, and a big charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy.
Overall, a nice imperial stout. Itís big, but not over the top. Itís a little too much charry bitterness and black licorice for me. I think I liked the regular BORIS a bit better (both are better than the barrel aged IMO), but it would be fun to do a side by side.