JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with a thick tan/brown head. The aroma is pretty earthy and a little bit of molasses as well. There’s a fairly salty umami character in this one. Salted licorice and an earthy bitterness. Roasty but quite smooth. Clean bitterness with just a touch of light herbal flavour on the back. It’s pretty interesting - it doesn’t have the typical medium malts that you see in imperial stouts, so the malt profile is pretty straightforward, because of this it’s pretty unique. No chocolate or coffee or the sort of brown malts that are usually used, but a clean salty roastiness. I enjoy it - even though I recognize it’s not going to be setting the benchmark for impy stouts.
robforbes (2171) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a jet black with a large khaki head and great lacing.
smell is of cocoa, some coffee, some licorice, and roasted malt.
taste is of bakers chocolate, a little coffee, some licorice, malt, and some hops in the back. ends dry and slightly bitter.
DerWeg (1583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfect espresso pour with a mild coffee-roast aroma showing hint of grassy hop, toffee, hay. Taste is complex and full with a lot going on… up front powerful hop dryness - not harsh but flavourful - makes for plenty of lemony fresh roasted espresso tang going on over a decent blanket of toffee, dark fruit and malt sweetness. Palate verges near parching dry but never tips over too far, alcohol is non-existent to palate. No acridity or bullying toughness here, for all the big well-put-together flavours the beer is actually fragile and poised. The elegant lemony hops might be ruined by near term aging, which is kind of a fragile flaw for a RIS - would it just fall apart? Long dry finish is grassy hop and mineral. Though there’s about enough malt body this is certainly a dry Impy, better than the extreme opposite. Enjoyable.
7 5 8 3 15 = 3.8
DeanF (2342) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black body that does well to its name; not a whole lot of carbonation though. Very sweet with a sour finish, great mix of the heavy barley notes with some sour ale hints.
Spab (3296) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 litre bottle from LCBO. Pours an oily near black colour with tight brown head. Aroma is very roasty with coffee, molasses and herbal note. Flavour is rich dark roasty malts with coffee and molasses very prominent and some herbal bitterness. Light, fine carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Certainly a big beer.
kevinsenn (1952) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big 1L bottle from LCBO. Pours thick black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee and molasses, with dark fruit hints. Taste is smooth and roasty, with a big bitter finish. Great body. I enjoyed this more than the mediocre ratings (for an imperial stout) led me to believe I woud. Nice.
TheJester (2450) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 litre bottle, just like in the picture. Cap and swingtop! Black; small, brown, sticky head. Heavy beer, with not a lot of complexity. Good though. Not too heavily carbonated. Nice amount of roast flavour. Not a lot of bitterness, from hops, booze, or roast malt.
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1L bottle from the lcbo
Very nice winter warmer
The aroma is rather subdued for an imperial soft burnt malts
But the taste is just lovely silky and smooth
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Alibi Room, Vancouver. Pours with a tan head, opaque. Rich, malty, smoky aroma. Thick, creamy body. Slightly resinous finish is very complex and unfolds well. Should have taken a bottle home.
Gerbeer (3028) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours black with light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and light chocolate. Smooth, full, and slightly sweet. Flavors of light coffee and rich dark chocolate with lots of roasted malts. Very nice