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 (2535) - 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.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Binnyís in Orland Park, IL: It pours a thick dark brown, almost looking black in the glass, capped by a small brown head that rapidly reduces to a film. No lace. It smells of hot wet coffee grounds, anise, bittersweet chocolate, and alcohol. A light fruitiness and pepper are added to the flavor, along with some more alcohol. Not bad.
notalush (5266) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - dark ruby, nearly black - aroma of bittersweet chocolate, berries, brown sugar, espresso - quite sweet, with quite a bit of fruity character, which made me think this was more like a foreign stout - cocoa, espresso, vanilla, cream, blueberries - some spicy alcohol on the end - very full-flavored - the sweetness gets less intense the more of it you drink, but it was still on the high side for me - still quite nice, though.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bomber Ė Gravity Beer Market Ė Olympia, WA
Aroma: Huge dark malt and chocolate aroma with some hops.
Appearance: Black in color, clear (If you can see through black)with a thin head.
Flavor: Great flavor with strong malt backing the chocolate and coffee come through nicely.
Palate: Very nice Dry finish with good overall Mouthfeel.
Overall: A big beer that was perfect for my Birthday. Liked this beer a lot. Huge Beer.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is a good one. Had this at a beer tasting thanks to...well, me. I know, Iím the man. Got the bottle at City Beer in SF. Black, thick pour with a two-finger tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, slight dark fruits, and alcohol on the finish. Incredibly tasty. Really full and satisfying mouthfeel. The highlight of the evening.
robertjm (786) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice dark chocolate colored foamy head. Dark as sin brown body with fair amount of carbonation clinging to the glass. Aroma has hints of chocolate and other malts. Ainít no hops in that bouquet!! The flavor? Now I know how Eve felt when tempted by that damn snake. Flavors explode in the mouth. Lots of sugary goodness with an alcohol chaser following quickly behind. Body is full enough to support the 11% alc, but not too thick to make it a chore to drink. Smal amount of bitterness lingering on the tongue in the aftertaste. Not enough to be a distraction. Yet another winner Iíve tasted from Lost Abbey.
joeneugs (3969) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First of all, this is one of the thickest bodied beers Iíve ever tasted. Its like used motor oil. I thought I was going to have to tap the bottle ketchup style to get it all out. Very black and dense to say the least. Nice dark brown head that setlles down to a small but creamy layer. The aroma is complex, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, fruitcake, rum. It has moderate carbonation. Very sweet flavor like chocolate, coffee, and rumcake. The sweetness is the first thing you taste on the tip of your tongue with a salty bitterness in the finish. There is a nice roasted smokey aftertaste. This is a very classic and powerful imperial stout.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark as night with a small light brown head. Good lacing in my snifter . Aroma is coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and some tannins. Medium to full bodied. Malt to a nice coffee bitterness. Nice beer