maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottled. A big black beer with a quickly dissipating off-white head. The aroma is quite sweet for a stout with some perfumy notes. The taste is also sweet but there are good licquorice notes. A very tasty clean beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.6 and 3.4. Average becomes 3.6
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black beer with a deep dark brown head. Aroma of dark licorice, leather and sweet dark fruit. Lots of plums and treacle. Heavy, rich dark chocolate and heavy char. Roasty flavour with a rich sweet dark chocolate flavour. Rich character and a lingering rich sweet raisiny character. Excellent example of the style.
MoritzF (8677) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle, best before Nov. 2005) Almost black coloured with a big brown foam. Roasted malt aroma with burnt caramel, dark cacao and dried plums. Bittersweet flavour, full bodied, smooth carbonated. Moderarately sweet initial taste with roasted malt, chocolate, crusts of german Schwarzbrot, caramel and liquorice. Warming alcohol in the bitter and nutty finish, thus it is quite well integrated. Very complex and quaffable Stout.
leaparsons (8576) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As black as night! Dry mouthfeel with liqourice tang. Good roast notes and not too sweet. Very nice.
Meilby (8546) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours pitch black with a light tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
crossovert (8484) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. A nice Foreign extra stout. It pours a dar brownish black with a foamy tan head. It is big and roasty with a nice sweetness.
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Am I rate-whoring for a new country, or am I trying another new stout? Can it be both? This stout pours deep brown, but with a bit of light through the body, and a large dark tan head. Smells like the quintessential foriegn stout, if you can define such a thing: roasted grains and light smoke, some dry malts, some almost-hot alcohol or bite of some other sort. Semi-thick, very roasty and robust, very sharp on the palate with a bite of alcohol, smoke and toasted grains. I’m into this one, it’s definitely worthy of the praise I’ve heard.
shrubber85 (8317) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Opaque black-brown color with slight head. Cappuccino and smoky malt flavor. Very nice flavor but just a bit on the lighter side
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ashes and dark chocolate bathe sumptuously under the rich, compact head.
Roasted malt and bitter coffee beans bring me to admit I was expecting a much sweeter Foreign Stout. Excellent! Charred dark chocolate and lactic undertones roam in the smooth and wealthy mouthfeel, where alcohol is well-hidden and all is geared towards soothing and comforting.
A long purr.
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to JPDIPSO for this one. The pour was obsidian with a 2-finger tan head. Big chocoff in the aroma, plus a roasty malty aroma, nuts, and cabernet. The flavors were roasty malt coupled with chocoff, cabernet. Dense palate and complex, with great balance. This is an elite stout, and yes, it should be an Impy IMHO. Regardless, it’s great.