JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into snifter. Huge thanks to buckeyesox for this one - I believe itís about a year old.
Pours opaque black, with a one-finger very fluffy dark brown head, settling down into a denser, but thin, brown cap that doesnít want to go away. The head is fantastic for this beer.
Nose is equally fantastic - a nice mix of espresso, rich chocolate, and vivid dark fruits, with the emphasis on the dark fruits and cocoa. The nose is just so rich but still supremely balanced and integrated.
Starts off with just a huge, delicious espresso presence right off the bat, with a secondary note of rich cocoa, and lots of licorice and dark fruit swirling around in there. Thereís a smoky tobacco quality as well. Superb in every respect.
Mouthfeel is just as fantastic - lighter than expected, with a more active carbonation thatís still soft and light on the tongue. You just donít want to stop drinking this thing. Almost no alcohol presence, fantastic mouthfeel, delicious flavor - canít say enough about this beer. Hits on all cylinders.
As a note, the alcohol starts to warm you up about halfway through, and comes out a bit more as the beer hits room temperature, but never detracts from the flavors or body of the beer. Still an A+ effort.
fidelis83 (2120) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque black with thin hints of ruby when helt to the light. The head starts off at around 2 fingers but fades to 1/4 inch or so after a while and holds pretty well there. Aroma is lots of chocholate and espresso, toffee, lots of roast, caramel sweetness, scotch, wheat like notes, salt water taffey and a decent dose of raisins and plum. Flavor is roasty, chocolate and suprisingly fruity up front. Toffee, smokey scotch notes, dried plum, hints of overripe cherry, chocolate and coffee notes continue. Toward the middle caramel, charred wood, and pine notes. Finish is sweet roast, espresso, cacao, anise, dark hot cocoa, and a healthy dose of herbal and bitter hops. This one definitely get better as it warms. Palate is medium to thick with a creamy, slightly oily feel entering, a chewey caramel center and a dry, slightly oily finish. Carbonation is soft and pleasant. Overall this is a pretty good Impy Stout but there
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a creamy tan head. Big chocolate and coffee flavors with some alcoholic fruity esters like plum and cherry notes. Some drier coffee and earthy hop notes. licorice and caramel. Solid brew.
radiomgb (2460) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black in colour with a long lasting tan head, excellent lacing. The aroma is very roasty with lots of chocolate malt, burnt malts, some smoke and sweetness. The flavour is moderately sweet, some smoke, very malty and burnt, toasty but at the same time smooth and creamy. Sweet malty mouthfeel, medium/large body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, sweet, burnt and malty
Very well balanced, no alcohol at all. This is highly drinkable. Very well done.
750ml bottle obtained in a trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Dan.
Opened on July 23, 2008.
joergen (22429) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home.
Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Roasted aroma dominated by dark chocolate with notes of hops, frsh grinded coffee, pine needles and vanilla.
Roasted flavour of dark chocolate, fresh grinded coffee and hops with vinous notes and notes of pine needles.
Dry roasted and hoppy finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with a medium sized brown head and brown oily legs. The aroma was nice and smooth with notes of smoke, chocolate, yeast and roasted malt. Bitter chocolate flavor with some sweet fruits. Lively mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish with a medium body. Very warming.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black beer with a thick creamy dark brown head. The aroma is lightly oaky. Dark cocoa and a light herbal/earthy character as well. There is a light rumminess and some chocolate flavour on the back as well. Sweet chocolate syrup over some nice dried fruit flavour. Itís lightly boozy, but it isnít terribly hot. Loads of rich dark malt and dark dried fruit complexity but without being very roasty. A touch of sweet burnt sugar on the back. Man, this stuff is damn tasty.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 Excellent aroma that can be felt from 4-5 feet away. Nice thin head forms about 5 - 10 seconds after the pour. Flavor is very complex. Mixture of smokey sweetness (licorice, earth, and a nutty aspect that make it almost chewable) followed on by a wonderful dark chocolate finish that comes in late.
This stout is by far my favorite. If you have the means, I highly recommend it.
2009 Vintage - Bomber. Pours dark black with a late-arriving finger or so of rusty brown head. Aroma is still awesome of mild coffee, cocoa chocolate, anise, and perhaps some dark fruit (a plum?). The flavor is flat outstanding. Matching the nose, it starts with the coffee, follows with the anise and plums, working in a roasted malt character along the way before settling into a "mix me with your Count Chocula instead of the milk" finish that actually just gave me a chill! Mouthfeel is excellent and fizzy (for a Impy Stout) and the booze is all felt in the warm burn going down the gullet, not in the palate. Still, my absolute favorite. For the price, thereís a lot of other crap out there that gets good press but doesnít come close to the excellent balance and character that this beer has.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (with a shoutout to gorditoabd). Pours a thick and dark black/brown with a slowly forming and thin head. Aromas are wonderfully complex. I donít know that Iíve had as much of a grapefruit/pineapple hops presence peek through over the normal stout aromas. This is definitely one of the more complex Impyís Iíve sampled. Starts out with a bit of a hops driven citrus fruit punch, transitions to a licorice middle and then ends (like 30 seconds later) with a bitter chocolate finish that is freaking outstanding.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely murky and dark. Lace cascades down the side of the glass with small bubbles. Sweet, milk chocolate nose is alluring. Chewy, creamy texture. Wonderfully rich, with elements of dark chocolate, sweetened milk, caramel, baked apples, pear skin and toasted raisins. Complementing bitterness. Bakerís chocolate lingers on the tongue. Alcohol is hidden very well, providing a mild yet cozy warmth. Notes of earth, chewy grass and fresh yeast followed.