BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Black in the glass with a small tan head that left some lacing. Small particles detected. The smell was of milk chocolate like a milk shake, with some coffee and molasses background. The flavor was coffee and chocolate that ended with a very light bitter feel. Medium to full body that went down very smooth. Very nice!
CamdenD (1092) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a bit "transparent" compared to other impy stouts; in the glass itís plenty dark, but on the pour, well, maybe iím just spoiled looking at Hercule and Great Divide too much. Nice, very nice, sticky chewy mouthfeel to this baby -- all and all a very passable imperial full or barbeque and understated alcohol. The 10.4 is well under the radar. bottle (10/04)
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very carbonated bottle. Dark red/brown with a big tan head with good lacing. Lots of roast, cookie dough, with chocolate and oak notes. Very creamy in texture with a silky finish. Good beer.
Ughsmash (7122) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep brown, almost black pour with very little tan head around the edges. Lots of high-Alpha hops in the aroma with a solid roasted coffee and chocolate presence. Chocolate, coffee, and other roasted goodness follow the hops across the palate. Alcohol only slightly noticable on the back of the palate and was slightly warming going down. Very smooth mouthfeel with some oily notes from the hops. Could have used a bit more thickness.. as Iím used to with the style, but very solid brew all around.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. (paid way too much for it at the flying saucer...ouch.) pours a nice inky black but not quite as vicious looking as I would prefer for an I.S. nice looking tan head. very sweet malt that dominates the flavor (sweetness) leaving much to be desired in complexiveness. Good hop bite at the end to even out the brew. unfortunately this beer doesnít even begin to touch the great divide Yeti.
jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super dark with a chocolate head, foamy and rocky. Really nice aroma with a coffee, chocolate, and toffee accents. Super sweet nose, as well. Bitter through and through. There is some sweet chocolate toffee flavors. This is a pretty good ImpStout. Chewy.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thinnest pour known to stouts. Transparent caramel brown with a few wisps for the head. Aroma is alcohol, tin and a little chocolate, but overall, thereís nothing compelling me to taste it. Luckily, flavor pans out more positively. Mocha espresso, dark chocolate bark and black cherries flavors. Some expressive tendencies of currants and molasses mixed with sour milk. Syrupy body. Balance seems to be off, but I canít place it. Warming fudge brownie finish transitions to a bad tongue chafing. Just because you can brew it doesnít mean you should.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Whew! Pours thick with nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is red wine with slight plum flavor. Taste is a stale combination of barley wine and out-dated fruit with cheap chocolate thrown it the mix. Not good.
Tejas (869) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Deep dark amber with little to no head, which I guess is to be expected with 10.4% ABV. First of all this is one BIG bastard of a beer. Aroma is raisony and a little alcohol. Flavor is a big wallop of chocolate & some alcohol but not so much so that you feel the burn. Maybe a little cherry too? This one could really use some roastiness & thicker body to balance out the overwhelming sweetness.. I expect that from Imp. Stouts. Glad I tried it but overall, there are better out there that Iíd reach for first.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the first Impy Iíve had that doesnít pour oil can black - but rather with moderate amounts of tan/crimson hues on the edges of the tulip. Could this be a sign of interesting things to come? The aroma is unique as well - really earthy notes mix well with hints of fresh baked cookies and cookie dough. The body is absolutely scrumptious. Iím first hit with a wall of mocha, then roastiness, then bitterness. 1, 2, 3....bham! The body is so complex, yet each flavor stands perfectly on its own. Silky smooth mouthfeel completes this new perfect beer. (Maybe the Oaked Aged version IS the perfect version!)