SSSteve (3719) - - DEC 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours completely opaque black with a small brown head. looks quite thick. aroma of dark chocolate, black coffee, alcohol, hops, and maple syrup. thick, velvety palate. flavor is just like the aroma. alcohol stands out a good bit. i would prefer less hops but, yes....it’s world class.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tad too hot right now, not by much though. Alcohol mixed with some coffee and chocolate and dark malt with a pretty descent hop presence. I wanted this to be better. It was good, but not better. Have another bottle coming that I’ll give a spin in a year or two.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 #900, shared with Bikesandbeer Import Bottle via trade with Ty5592, date on plastic cork 14/08/11. I actually had a dream about this beer a few weeks ago. Pours black with half finger tan light brown head. Nose is huge and full coffee, chocolate, licorice and the faintest hops. Taste is very abrupt, with lots of forward liquorice and bitter coffee and very faint chocolate. Bittterness is pretty amazing but also pretty crazy. This is pretty damn good, but the bitterness is severe. The alc is hidden by it pretty well. Hard to say what I think. Its tasty and good but what do I think? Not so sure.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tall tan head. Nose of sweet coffee, very fresh and floral, almost like coffee ice cream. Flavors of port, coffee, chocolate, licorice, charred and almost smokey at times. Very smooth palate, very lilttle alcohol for such a big beer. This is one of those beers that is amazing without aging it and will probably be even more amazing with age.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brought to tasting by marchcow. Thanks for sharing. Poured a nearly opaque black color with ruby red highlights. Head was brown. Aroma was of light coffee and citrusy hops with black licorice and caramel accents. Full bodied with plenty of warming alcohol and moderate hop bitterness (5-6 out of 10). Tasted of roasty coffee, brown sugar, and dark chocolate liqueur. There was also a dried fruit accent. Very solid beer.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black body with a khaki colored head. The aroma was dark chocolate with some coffee. There were also sweet fruity notes of pancakes and peaches. The taste was some lightly bitter coffee with some dark chocolate. There was a definite raspberry note in the finish. The body was amazingly light and smooth for the abv. Nicely made and fairly balanced compared to many Impy Stouts I have tried. A winner.
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big dark black/brown opaque pour with a thin brown head. Huge aroma....frankly, I enjoyed the aroma more than the flavor---but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it! Reminded me of DFH WWS a bit. The last few raters hit it right...lotsa roasted malt....vanilla, chocolate, burnt malt....alcohol, woody, some dark fruits....it really works your palate out hard. Great full body.....definitely my idea of a great beer to sip over the course of an entire evening.......would love to have again.
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Penetrable but deep molasses-brown. Fine caramel-hued bubbles possess the consistency of meringue. Wispy lace dots the sides of the glass with each sip. Richly earthy and smoky espresso-like scents comprise the one-dimensional nose. Hints of charcoal, prunes, chocolate fudge, metal, resin and ash. Carbonation boasts a velvety softness. Beautifully conditioned. Malt- and coffee-derived acids gently tingle the palate as a swift kiss of alcohol provides immediate warmth. Mild tannin presence from the coffee accentuates the sharp charcoal and alcohol. The core is curiously hollow, maltwise, and entirely devoid of complementary esters and soft maltiness. Brisk notes of char and feathery touches of vanilla are seemingly all that remain to support the overbearing coffee. All other subtleties have gone by the wayside. Slightly tacky residual sweetness, unclean yeastiness and a greenly hoppy bite of resins clutch the palate with a weighty tug, further dulling the potentially bright nuances. Perceptible ashen dryness battles the oily java qualities, with neither coming out on top. Finishes noticeably metallic, yet tar- and fudge-laden with crunchy notes of smoky char and burnt cookies beneath it all. All in all, the excessive weight and number of minor flaws (dull yeast character, no bright fruitiness, "flat" resinous hoppiness, etc.) in this make it tough to choke down half a bottle. I’d love to see some softer pale malts to improve the texture and absorb the overt acidity and ashy java. Coffee fanatics are likely to go gah-gah over this. To my nose and palate, the lack of balance keeps it from becoming very enjoyable. In fact, after half a bottle, it becomes a chore to drink as the acidity (and numerous albeit subtle flaws) overwhelms everything else. Will probably go over quite well in tastings (hence the high score), but if you’re willing to spend some time with this, and have more than a few large gulps, it’s hard to find anything divine about it.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dar black with thin coffee colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, sugar cane, alcohol, oat and lots of roasted coffee. Taste of sweet and dark chocolate, toast, roasted maltiness, fig sugar cane, a strong presence of roasted coffee. Although there is a nice alcohol warmth to this beer, it is pretty smooth and creamy. Kind of sweet with a dry bitter coffee finish.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Foamy, frothy, yeasty aroma with some cherries and coffee. Frothy head. Oak, wood, leather, cream cheese, cherries. Mild palate. Not overly alcoholic in the flavors. Slight smokiness. Very drinkable.