HogTownHarry (6108) - 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, Iím 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 Iíve had by any means.
zach8270 (3472) - 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 (972) - 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. Itís 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 (2391) - 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 Stoneís Imperial Stout. Alcohol was hidden well. Finished slightly bitter, but not nearly as bitter as many stouts Iíve had. For the price ($4 for a bomber) this was very nice.
ClarkVV (3892) - 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 thatís 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 (2667) - 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.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to shippos for sending me a growler of this goodness. Seems they donít bottle it, but they should. It pours an extremely dark color with a small head that fades quickly, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Pours sort of like dirty motor oil - very thick, very dark. Nice. The aroma is very nice as well. Lots of dark, sweet malts with molasses. The flavor is right on with this one. Lots of roasted malts. Lots of chocolate notes. Quite a bit of coffee. Very thick and complex. Love the flavor here. Some alcohol is present in the flavor, but itís well masked. One of the better/best Impy Stouts Iíve had. Mouthfeel is pretty thick - big on the body. Drinkability is very good. Wonderful beer here.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was the last beer i had at the beer house...after trying to drink as many beers in about a thirty minute time, it started to catch up to me....so my rate may be a bit asque...and im not going to talk with a brogg just because i had bit of the dragons breath, mates. it came to me with a dark syrupy stare and had the nose of coffee, flee socks, and sweet rock candy sugar. it stood far away but the flavor was quit aparent alcohol that was in your face, espresso, choc malt, slow sipping beer. iím gonna get me a wench next.
Sammy (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
smooth. Very dark, and courtesy of the sample room of the brewery, with Marcus my host. The bottle version is filtered more finely. Coffee, roasted malts, some acidity,creamy chocolately mouthfeel,