gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours deep black with a dark brown fizzy head. smells heavily of roasted malts with some spice. taste starts thick and chocolatey, with a little coffee. the finish starts out with a little hop, then becomes a sweet toffee flavor
Stine (1733) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, thanks to Tim. Slightly glassy when poured, and opaque black when sitting. Aroma brings a quiet and rich presentation of toasted vanilla, rock candy, chocolate milk, and sweetened coffee. Flavor gives some dark toffee, black pepper, whiskey; a bold chocolate and vegetal hop flavor of broccoli and steamed carrot. Tinny bourbon and molasses sweetness with black cherry skins; seeming quite acrid at first, but developing a burly citrus hop and malt sweetness. Palate if full and aggressive; pomegrantate tartness and some sweet alcohol of a rum extraction in the finish. Still a bit abrasive, but pleasant for the most part.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle with a big thanks to stine. Big Impy aroma of roasted malt and charred vanilla bean. Light coffee aroma, some wet wood, dark chocolate and charred caramel. Pours a thick, dark brown, nearly black with a thick khaki head. Unique take on the Impy style for sure. There’s a different yeast component to this beer that’s not found in other US Impy’s. A slight tartness behind the chocolate, charred caramel, vanilla and roasted malt. Bordering on full bodied bodied with a little more carbonation than I prefer in my impy’s. A nice take on the style, though. Thanks Eben!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a very large brown head. Nice aroma with a bit of chocolate and maybe a tad bit of coffee. Big palate, very chewy. Flavour is good with chocolate coffee, some astringent malts with a bit of pine hop.
jsquire (3970) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with an attactive bubble cascade out of the bottle. The cascade generated a foamy brown head that hung around in whisps and drifts. Nose of chocolate, coffee and cereal grains. Think mouthfeel. Tons of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a pleasan alcohol warmth. Really thick, chewy imperial stout.
ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours an onyx black body topped by a tall, dark tan head.
Smell: Aroma heavy on the roast, and boozey, too. Notes of burnt wood, dark caramel, chocolate, a puff of smoke and, once allowed to warm a bit, a medley of dried fruits.
Taste: There’s an intense charred, smokey roastiness upfront followed by a sweet dark chocolate taste to make it bearable. Tastes of caramel syrup, fire-scorced marshmallows, and a bit of fruit. Mild oak character. Medium earthy bitterness that recedes as you approach the finish. A touch of oak and yeast (and booze) for the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: This stout is top notch, Midnight Sun!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: Tasting, Pre-Sex
Appearance: very dark brown, fine tan head, bits of lace,
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a nice sweet estery fruityness,
Overall: rich chocolate, nice fruity sweetness, touch of dark chocolate bitterness, fruity esters really bring out the rich chocolate, light bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
decaturstevo (5696) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Captaincougar for sharing this rarity at the Foothills gathering. Jet black pour with sweet malt toasted malt aroma. A slight phenol flavor. Hard malt flavor with a very pleasant bitter. A bit foamy but overall full palate. Very unusual beer the abv and malt combine to make it hard to figure out. Thanks Tom.
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by captaincougar at the footsex gathering. Pours dark dark black with a small tan head. Nose is slightly smokey, with some chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of roasted malt and a hint of booze. Big flavors of chocolate, wood, smoke, and booze with a hint of belgian yeast in the finish. Pretty darn good and I wish I would have had this at a time when I wasn’t being bombarded with amazing beers. But I really can’t complain too much about that! Thanks for sharing Tom!
egajdzis (5780) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep, opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon, dried fruits, and roast. Taste of chocolate, roast, smoke, wood, bourbon, and vanilla, with a bit of fruitiness, and some alcohol in the finish.