SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy dchmela. Bottle, 09. Black pour with brown carbonation. Vinous oak, smoke, dark fruits, whiskey oak, roasted coffee, subtle cocoa, macaroon, hints of peat near the finish. Peat and booze bring balance to the finish. Not sure if there is any peated malt in this, but it def tastes like it. Full body, rich, smooth, mildly viscous. Awesome stout. Right up there with Sloth.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to dchmela. Pours black/opaque. Big bold and very complex nose exhibiting notes of booze and ashy tobacco primarily. Also hints of roasted malts, roasted marshmallows, and coffee. Not getting a lot of the red wine, but I can smell if I try really hard. The flavor is even better than the nose. The tobacco come to the foreground. As a pleasant surprise the red wine becomes much more prominent. The booze recedes a little so that it stills lends bold semisweet flavors without diminishing the drinkability. Very creamy, very wonderful beer.
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 2008 bottle. Pours thick black, oily, with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet toffee, chocolate, with some soy and tobacco. Taste up front is coffee and bitter chocolate, going into a beef jerky, soy, tobacco, with a sweet finish and a definite alcohol kick to it.
bleeng (1513) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to zinister shared at the Houston January RB tasting. Nose of whiskey AND wine, with alcohol upfront. Taste is whiskey barrel, fruity, winey, chocolates. Very smooth and easy to drink. I would like to try this one again earlier in the night.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks from Secret Santa for this gem. Pours a 10W-30 black with dark brown sugar thin head. Very rich chocolates, both dark and milk, with petite syrah and oak nose. Finishing aromas are dark cherry and raisins. Palate is medium to light bodied, making this way to easy to drink. Flavors of dark pitted fruits, cherry, oak and roasted coffee beans. I want it to feel thicker and have a deeper, darker flavor than it teases you with.
bvc (1156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a somewhat viscous super deep rich black with a tight redish brown crema head...looks perfect in the glass. Rich nose that is right away deep roasted malt, spice bread, vanilla, chocolate, light tobacco, hints of peat and cinnamon...but a very noticeable presence of cabernet. Sweet deep malt, dark chocolate, light peat/smoke, vanilla, graham, coffee, jammy wine that walks closely to being a touch metallic...maybe due to the black patent malt? Light carbonation, but works perfectly with this one and if gives it a rich creamy and somewhat slick mouth feel. Love the blend of mix of whiskey and wine barrels. Impy stouts is the style that first pulled me into craft beer, with that beer being 06 Abyss. Since then my plate has changed and although I appreciate them, I can’t remember the last time I consumed a bomber by myself. This is one that I did...albeit was over 2 nights.
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
( 22oz bottle indicated it was bottled in August, thanks to BA piclee) Pours jet black with nice dark carbonation/head. Nose of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch. Taste of cream, dark chocolate, brown sugar with nice body and finish. Hints of smoke and tobacco in this one too. Truly a great Impy!
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to savnac. Pour is straight black with a reddish brown thick head. Aroma is rich roasted malt, vanilla, red wine, cocoa, vanilla, and faint alcohol. Flavor is also very rich with a nice roasted malt backdrop for the vanilla, red wine, and cocoa to be displayed on. This has a touch of an alcohol kick but very smooth overall. Definitely huge.
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from the Indy crew. Pours a pitch black opaque pour, a small brownish head that hits the corners well. Aromas are a bit roasty, sweet caramel, a touch of cocoa and coffee, a bit more vague. Initial is failr y roasty and bittern medium bodied, a bit hot, a touch of cocoa, a lot of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt, sweetness covered up very well. Finish roasty and bitter.
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Bottle shared by beernbourbon at the ratebeer chicago tasting- thanks a ton, VINCe! Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of molasses, bourbon, cocoa, moth balls, a little dough, and a hint of red wine barrel. Flavor is much the same with some prunes, tobacco, and chocolate thrown in for good measure. Nice body- sticky mouthfeel. A well balanced, tasty offering. Glad to have tried it.