illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy bret27 at Woodshop 5.0. Pours black with minor dark brown corners and leaves scotch-colored legs on the glass. Aroma is big on chocolate graham crackers and charred malts with wood and vanilla from the barrel aging. Flavor is deep and roasty with super-dark chocolate, iced coffee, ash, smoke, deep dark fruits, and a smooth bourbon character. Huge body and really flavorful. An asswhipper for sure.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was really excited for this one, but maybe the bottle I had just needed some more time. Lots of coffee, chocolate, toffee, tobacco, with a lot more heat than I’d like.
cgarvieuk (17310) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home ... huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for this ... oily black ... no head ... well not any left as ive been supping it with my curry ... mosasis and roast malts ... little meaty nose .... rich deep soft toffee malts ... deep roast ... littlr coffee bitterness but not much coffee ... spicy oh no thats the curry :-) .... again a little meaty and little tobacoo... nice . going a treat ... Ok TK 2 end of evening finishing the rest of the bottle... WOW this just jump out as a cut above the others ... soft and smooth ... lacks a dryness that was in the of the Black Force One ... almost quite honeyish ... upping this a pip. -> 4.3
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 (8622) - East Lansing, 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 (1579) - 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 (1180) - 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 (5780) - 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!