harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was less than impressing. The aroma and the appearance were wonderful. poruing a thick and grainy moderately dark brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Think thick and rich coffee milkshake made with half and half. An almost oily presence in the mouth really take away from the enjoyment and the flavors are somewhat muted.
Tmoney99 (12208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an average light brown head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate aroma of malt and coffee. Medium body with a slick texture. Good flavor with small dry bitter finish. Good non-standard stout.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice dark brown colow with a thin head on top. Aroma is a pretty mellowed coffee and chocolate lacing on top of the usual stout malt base. Flavor is a nice sweeter chocolate, pretty mild actually. There is a slight bitterness at the end, but nothing that stands out. Towards the end of the mouthfeel this gets very smooth and creamy.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Mohohany red color. Creamy tan head. Rich coffee aroma. Sweet flavor with light coffee and chocolate tones.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love the taste of coffee, black or otherwise, but I really donít find it in here. The beer pours nicely, very dark, almost black in color, small tan head. Not a lot of aroma, but what is there is clean and a bit malty/sweet. The taste is initially sweet, then hoppy, a nice transition. I guess the sweetness makes the coffee seem sweet and thatís OK, it just isnít what I expected. It finishes hoppy, and the warming alcohol effect lingers for a moment or two. The palate is a bit sticky, not quite cloying, but my lips were sticky for a while afterwards. It reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard-type brew, and I like those, so I guess I could say I like this one too. Maybe my expectations were a bit off, but either way Iíll buy this one again when I see it!
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt. The color is a deep black with a decent tan head. A full bodied flavor of roasted malt and coffee finish can be tasted on the palate.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Toronado. Now that is some excellent stout. Pours very dark with a brown head. Aroma is of coffee and choclolate and roasted malts. It is silky smooth and not overly heavy. Flavors of cacao, coffee and roasted malts as well. Very nice.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creosote and soy sauce aroma with some resinous hops; short, dense and creamy head; sweet initially, modest black patent roastiness; somewhat fruity with notes of dark fruit; a mild, milky coffee flavor and a hint of spicey and resinous hops; acidic and slightly sour with a silky palate; finishes with a nice balancing bitterness; quite a complexity of aromas, flavors, and textures going on here. Another very solid brew from these guys.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent beverage. Nocturnal Malty hole of liquid. Brown head. Charred, smoky aromas of coffee arise. Slight prune and some cherry. Coffee lingers. Slight acidity. Roasted all to hell. Burnt toffee and vanilla. Really excellent beer.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is somewhat mild..coffee, chocolate and yes roasty, but also something hearty like baking pumpernickel. Color is black with a creamy mocha head that compresses down to thumb thickness as it sits. Decent lacing. Very bitter fore with a lot of alcohol for just a plain stout. That is more ABV than at least one Impy I can think of and almost as much as many Impyís. The coffee and chocolate notes arrive together in the finish followed by a hint of black licorice in the aftertaste. Fairly big stout that probably could be in the Impy category.