MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours thick and dark with a big tan head. Aromas are spectacular: peat and smoke, espresso, chocolate, etc. Flavor is very smooth, but has an edge to it from the alcohol, which also gives a bit of warmth. Tastes of silky chocolate with some earthy notes and dark fruit. Darn good, but I noted a bit of an aftertaste funkiness that I can’t place, but didn’t leave me with that nice glow that some of my favorites in this category do.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with Ughsmash - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick dark tan head. Light lacing and carbonation. Aroma is roasted malt, esters, and herbal hops. Flavor is bitter sweet choclate and dark esters. Mouthfeel is soft with a slight lingering chocolate aftertaste. Medium to full body. A very nice RIS. Thanks Jason.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Bottle thanks to the SMASH! Yum. Delightful nose of roasted malt, bitter espresso chocolate, touch of vanilla. Flavor was solid as well! Dark chocolate and espresso coupled with a bitter sweet twang. A subtle berry aspect in the background. Quite large, sticky, oily mouthfeel. Full bodied eh? Like usual, I’m a sucker for impy’s. Go figure - I like it! And just in case ya get bored over there, feel free to send more!
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I received this bottle courtesy of Skyview. This was a great beer. Pours very dark with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and sugar/sweetness with chocolate. Taste similar to aroma with a bit of molasses in there as well. For 9.5% you really cannot taste the alcohol. Very nice beer.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from iowaherkeye (thanks!). Had this one with dessert on Christmas. Poured black with small tan head. The aroma on this one was most certainly different than other imperials I’ve had; way more fruit in there. I was on the fence about if it was a good thing or not. I’m a man who like experimenting, so I say good on them. Along with the dark fruit came some roast and chocolate. The taste was rather odd as well. In addition to dark fruits and chocolate, there was a sort of sour/soy sauce element as well. It wasn’t enough to throw the brew off too much, which was nice. Pretty creamy on the tongue and finished more chocolaty and roasty.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to ogglethorp for this one. Pours a deep black with a larger creamy/foamy deep tan head that left lacing. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, touch of vanilla, some light alcohol Flavor of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, a touch of smoke, creamy coffee and lightly roasted malt and light alcohol. Very well done imperial stout!
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sampled at YEHA. Poured a dark brown body with thin head. Aroma is roast, chocolate. Flavor is rich chocolate, roast, bitter. At times the flavor seemed to be all over the place. Would like to see how this ages.
mcox90 (1873) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle from Dragonstout. Pours a deep,dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Not much in the way of lacing. Nose is of dark fruits, molasses, chocolate. Very little carbonation. Flavors of dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries and molasses dominate the beer. The 9.5% abv is very well hidden. The brew leaves you with a warm glowing finish. Lived up to the hype and expectation.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-20-07 shared with lb4lb thanks to the generosity of miketd!
Roasted smoky mocha aroma. Big black body with a thick creamy head and great lacing. I get hints of fruit in the taste - alcohol is masked very well. Tastes of rich black cherry dark chocolate cake. Nice, creamy, heavy, thick and smooth - so wonderful! Perfect job with the balance of the higher alcohol and it still maintains good flavor. More sweet than I imagined it would be but very good and would have again. As it warms, it becomes even smokier in the smell and taste.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out jet black with a huge cocoa head that dies slow and laces big. Smells of chocolate covered fruit, dried plums, coffee and cocoa. Taste is big chocolate, some dark fruit and coffee but all out of sorts. These flavors usually are perfect together but they all seem off. Turned off by the chalky finish. Full in the mouth and the ABV is well hidden. A victim of hype.