pepsican (1438) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Poured as close to black as you can get with a nice brown head. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. The taste is similar, slightest bit of hops and dark fruits, mostly cherry. Burns on the way down in a good way. Thick and creamy. A good imperial.
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botle. American version. Not sure how this bottle compares to the original rare 100 numbered bottled version but I have to say that I’m really impressed.
Aroma was so intoxicating. Nice blend of hops, roast, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Taste is slightly bitter. Hoppy bite. Slight alcohol noted, roast. Wow! Normally these type of qualities do not match well. But here they are perfetly paired. Cheers to Mikkleller!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml Bottle: Sweet malty aroma. Smells of chocolate, piney hops, alcohol, tar, roasting, vanilla, and coffee. Poured pitch black in color with a large, foamy, rocky, milk-chocolate-brown head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of chocolate, piney hops, alcohol, coffee, cream, roasting, and vanilla. Medium to full body. Thin, chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Chocolate and pine hop finish. Overall, 14% ABV is well hidden. Nice amount of hops.
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
330. Not quite the wrestle-ya-to-the-ground revelation that might have been expected, but still a positively lovely little impy. Well, not "little," but you know what I mean. Big dusty nose with chalk, cherry, prune, soy, and chocolate peeking through at different times as it comes up to temp. Cellar temp was a wee bit chillier than normal here in the Pacific Northwest today, so the beer got to reveal its character gradually, for better or worse, since it was the first one I opened tonight. Not even worth trying to talk about until half an hour (and half a glass) had gone by. Surprisingly manageable body--thick, but not insanely viscous or oily or sticky. Just a nice big satisfying dollop. All those notes from the nose return--dust and chalk, cherry, prune, soy, and chocolate. Amazingly "light" on its feet for its abv, balanced and under control. No booze showing really anywhere. Long chalky soy finish. Great stuff, bordering on a world classic.
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle....pours pretty black or close to it with a hefty light brown head that dissipated after warming up....very nice aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. rich nose indeed.....flavors of rich chocolate and coffee grounds along with the slightest bitter astringency in the finish. very roasty and very well done. a little boozy as well but that was to be expected.....solid!
Ibrew2or3 (6760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of d(TheCheeseMan)snowden. Thanks Dan. Pours deep and dark with thin light brown head. In your face aroma with loads of coffee grounds with lesser amounts of burnt malts and a hint of alcohol. The flavor starts with a sense of the big ole ABV (but totally in check) followed by the big coffee noted in the nose followed by some dark chocolate and a hint of dark fruity esters. Toward the finish the coffee slowly gives way to a delicious velvety dark chocolate note. YUM.
IrishBoy (3799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Odeed! Nose of coffee, chocolate , and a little tartness; Beutiful apearing, absolutely black when lined up with the sun with a very small cinnamon tan head; flavor showed up a some tartness, a little bitterness, and light chocolate and alcohol, but not much else; After coming to 65 degrees it tasted better and the tartness pretty much diasappeared, but is this really a top 50 Impy?
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle from alldaydrinker)black body with a brown ring around the glass.with some swirling i was shone a light brown head that left some lacing on the side of the glass.nice aroma of chocolate,molasses,coffee beans,marshmellows,and cocoa.unfortunately after this it pretty much goes down south.the flavor was an unusual mix of spent coffee grinds,brett,and bitter cocoa.what happened????im sorry but its just to bitter and sour for me.
gnoff (7663) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 First rating
Bottle, thanks Marsiblursi!
Black color, tan head. Sweet, roasted and hoppy scent. Strong roasted sweet licorice taste, also rubber. First taste almost overwhelms, in a good way. Rich mouthfeel, high bitterenss.
Rerate, at a blind tasting
Bottle, 375 ml, thanks to Mats (not on Ratebeer)!
Sampled on December 17, 2010
Very dark red to black color, no head. Raissin and alcohol scent, some fusel alcohols. sweet, aclohol, raissin taste. Burning alcohol aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Stine (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black but not especially sludgy pour, producing a tepid cling of mocha foam around the edge. Burly aroma of beef soaking in port and bourbon. Burnt honey, blueberry, and alcohol leap out loudly in the middle, while pungent, vegetal, dark roasted African beans and soy sauce simmer underneath; hints of melon and burnt popcorn. Bright, electric citrus hops flash across the top and enliven it quite a bit. Taste brings a bold attack of cold-press, the type that typically conjures the damnable stain of expired grounds and soapy ashes; this, however, somehow mostly eludes that issue, gathering the healthier qualities of dark roast with spicy, earthy success. It has its share of minty zest and dry astringency, but this has more of an iron and black licorice skin character than the more typical plastic and soap. Almost soured milk, raspberry cheesecake, and sour mash bourbon lend a specific type of strange sweetness that blankets and warms the earlier acridity into something more pleasant, if certainly quite odd. Berry and currant sweetness expands boldly with warmth, and while this parlays the brutish possibilities of the raw beans even further, those never completely resign themselves; bites of mint leaf and dirty root vegetable tend to consistently creep in. Finally, the high notes of tropical hops ring with crystal clarity above everything else; altogether, aroma and flavor echo each other with little deviance. Palate is comparably light, medium to full in body, and softly carbonated. Finishes with a grisly rare meat and smoke thickness; touch of black cherry and a bit more licorice. Drying. Unique, and quite memorable.