Marsiblursi (2975) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2011 (Bottle thanks to hopscotch, OSLO, and Guerde) Pours extremely black with a small brown head. The aroma is heavily roasted but smooth and oily with a balanced sweetness and some burned hints. Tones of dark chocolate ice cream, molasses, dark caramel, vinous/dark fruity, notes of mild coffee beans, dark bread, some tar, liquorice, a whisper of smoke, rum raisins, almonds, vanilla and some hints of floral and citric hops in the background. A tiny touch of canned pears, blueberries and currant. The flavour is medium to heavily roasted with tones of chocolate ice cream, molasses, caramel, vanilla, light smoke, hints of dark fruits, dark cherries, some coffee and currant. Hints of ginger, mint, blueberries and tar. The mouthfeel is thick, oily, sticky but yet very smooth. Sweet with a light bitterness to back it up. Molasses, dark chocolate, dark bread and brown sugar lingers. Full bodied. A fantastic IMP. Second rating: (Bottle, 3 years old) Pours black. The aroma is oxidized with notes of wet cardboard, black olives, sweat, cocoa, asphalt and coffee. Some old hops in the background. Syrup and molasses. Overripe bark berries. The flavour is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with almost no acidic notes. Molasses, dark syrup, cold tart coffee and soy/salt liquorice. The mouthfeel is bit tart, light oily and a bit flat. Medium bodied. This is better fresh. 7/4/7/3/14
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown in color with a nice cascading head from the bottom of the glass. Head quickly diminishes and leaves nice webbing on the inside of the glass.
Smell is dark cocoa and some very dark, ripe fruits. Taste is wonderful. All the roastiness I come to love in my imperial stouts. Not a noticable hop presence, which is a plus as well. Very good roasted coffee in the taste as well.
My only knock is that it is a tad thin on the mouthfeel. If this were to bulk up a bit it would be world class.
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with loads of sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cloying notes with some light notes of black chocolate and coffee. Full body with oily texture and good retention and no apparent alcohol. I think I am going against the grain on this one but I just can’t like these super sweet imperial stout; I prefer them when they are more balance with coffee and black chocolate.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Drew for this one. Dark black pour stands up a small creamy brown head that quickly fades. The aroma is coffee and chocolate and licorice. The flavor is sweet, contains a slight lactic sourness, shows coffee and chocolate roastedness.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via Mys Swap 3.0. Pours black with a nice compact tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is sweet burnt caramel and fruity coffee, plum, fig, with lots of fruity esters and a bit of soy and licorice in the aftertaste. Body is medium/full, carbonation is medium/moderate. A damned fine Imp stout!
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a black with brownish head. Aroma was lots of smoke and ash. Flavor was much the same lots of ash in there which i didn’t enjoy. The beer did nothing to seperate itself from others.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown/black body with faint brown head. A little soy amid the dry chocolate malt aroma. Faint vanilla in the smooth chocolate and oatmeal body. Thanks to Skyview for sharing!
hapjydeuce (921) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, big thanks to pantanap for sending this through trade. Extremely dark pour, with an oily appearance; minimal brown head ending up with some swirls. Instantaneous aroma that exhibits a plethora of vanilla bean, molasses, dark chocolate and espresso, very nice! The flavor follows up faithfully with a strong roasted malt front with inner complexities of black cherry, raisin and currant. Full-bodied and smooth on the tongue. A bit of a tang in the finish that almost became a bit like soy-sauce, but maintainable. Lasting bitterness that lends a very pleasing tone of more chocolate and dark fruit. Tasty tasty.
robinvboyer (2826) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from the cheese man!
thick black pour. Nice brown head, good retention. Nose is very matly, with some chocolate, and quite a bit of alcohol. Flavour is very roasty, some nice coffee, and chocolate notes. Medium body, a tad chewy, a decent bitter finish. A good impy, but not excellent.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 Re-rate, bottle from Daknole, tasted at home
Looks inky and very dark brown in my Cigar City snifter. Aroma is, well, burnt fruit, with some tarry molasses notes...rich and I can see why people dig it. Flavour is sweet, palate relatively simple with oversweetened harsh espresso. Molasses-like finish. Overall, this brew is simplistic, hitting a few basic impy notes, and doing so with at least a modicum of style. However, it lacks dimension and nuance relative to the superior examples. 4-7-6-2-11 =3.0
First rate, Brouwer’s
Dark, tarry appearance. Somewhat thin body is tarry, oily, with black malt notes. Chewy, very much burnt fruit on the nose. Late heat. Really, it’s a starter impy, where they’ve held back on the good stuff quite a bit. 6-4-5-2-10 = 2.7