blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours black with an average size fizzy light-brown head. Aroma primarily of roasted malt along with coffee, vanilla, sugar, alcohol and spices. Flavour follows the aroma but is heavy on the hops, way too much so even for me who loves the really hoppy beers. As HogTownHarry and GregClow noted I think this beer needs to be aged a while to mellow it out some. Maybe we’ll rerate it then.
GregClow (2958) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Deep black colour with a small tan head. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, dark sugar, alcohol, and a faint hint of soy sauce. Flavour of very strong, dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, lingering hops. Needs a bot of cellaring to mellow out the edges, but still a pretty damn good beer.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazel tinged ebony. Frothy khaki foam spatters intricate lacework all over the glass. Decadent nose of buttery espresso, roasted nuts, smoke, cocoa, and toasted cookies. Lightly estery with dried plum, anise, and cinnamon hints. Suedelike carbonation. Somewhat gritty. Opens with a medicinal accent and mineral heavy with a swift sweep of unripe fruitiness which delays the rich malt onset. Body is airy, and the malts are surprisingly weightless early on. Burnt malt onslaught soon awakens, imparting charcoal and burnt cookie grittiness along the way. Black cherry and dried plum roundedness dance with understated Ringwood and equalize the overall richness. Rife with decadent espresso smoothness, throughout, along with copious amounts of bittersweet chocolate that accompanies the earthiness of the roast. Finishes dry and snappy with burnt malts and lightly seared toffee. Just an all-out delight. Quite young now, but a few years should spell PERFECTION. Thanks, jah noth.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - courtesy of me. *note* - consensus was this is a young beer, I’m cellaring a bottle for a year. Poured deep brown black with a dark brown average head (5/5 for having the first decent head of the evening). Aroma was of deep roast malt, candy, vanilla, some spices and hops - somewhat vinous? Hint of table cream? Taste - wow! - coffee (strong, black), hops - very, very bitter, I liked it very much but it needs to gel a bit more. We all agreed, not quite ready, but well made and has terrific potential.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Black pour with a creamy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma had dark fruits, milk chocolate, roasted coffee and espresso, bourbon and dark chocolate. Taste was sour as someone else said with a nice espresso mouthfeel. I really liked this beer, but it is not the best Impy Stout I’ve had by any means.
zach8270 (3798) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Black oily pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Looks very thick. Very intense aroma of dark fruits, malt, alcohol and some roastiness. The flavor is lots of roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate, dark cherries and some alcohol. It gets stronger but surprisingly more smooth as it warms. Slightly bitter but fruity aftertaste.
Sregnar35 (1020) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really good impy stout. It’s got a somewhat sour flavor that was nice and a fairly creamy feel to it. Aroma was coffee and dark chocolate and the taste was similar and a bit sour.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Bottle: Black pour, nice sized head. Beautiful lacing on the glass. Huge malty aroma - soy, chocolate, caramel, some roast and coffee. Not bad, came off as a weaker version of Stone’s Imperial Stout. Alcohol was hidden well. Finished slightly bitter, but not nearly as bitter as many stouts I’ve had. For the price ($4 for a bomber) this was very nice.
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 On tap, 9/17/2005 at Redbones. Can I just say, "What OldGrowth said."? Probably not. But that’s pretty much word for word how I see it. Mostly black with some very deep chestnut brown tinges on the sides. Seemingly opaque out of the keg, with a small, foamy beige head, poorly retained, little to no lacing. Aroma of fruity, green, fresh, bitter hops. Leafy and juicy, they are quite inviting. A bit of smoke, anise, dark fruits (prunes, raisins, blackberries, grapes) in the nose. Very fruity, all told, with some graham crackers, moderate roast and sweet toffee. Flavor starts out very bitter, bitter from black malt and from the fresh hops. Some floral notes, juicy (but very bitter) fruits and low on the citrus, thank god. Charred smoked salmon anyone? Maybe not salmon, but charred wood/cedar smoke in there for sure. Caramel and toffee sweetness, a bit of grittiness to the texture is pleasing, but the body is mostly pretty oily and viscous, with very low carbonation. Respectable enough stuff, not too much of any one thing, though I could do with a little less hops bitterness. Moderate acidity grows on the palate. Flavorful and a medium-full to full body, that is fairly substantial. Alcohol well-concealed. I wonder if they will filter the bottles that are coming out soon? Probably.
OldGrowth (2865) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Horseshoe Pub. Good nose, Malty. Viney, prunes, molasses, anise, coffee, caramel. Blackish brown color, good head that faded to a ring. Biiter flavors. Like aroma, viney thing dominated. Thicker body, creamy, oily, viscous mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice brew, Thanks JGS1 for the tip.