mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[1033-20080108] 12.7floz (w/ jerc, DuctTape, others). Faint roasted malt aroma has a bit of nail polish fruit. Black brown body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Boozy roasted plywood flavour. Medium-full body is grainy. Surprisingly disappointing, would like to re-rate in future.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Suprising nose of noble hops dominate the roast and cold coffee. Interesting. Mouthfeel is rich and oily that just borders glycerin. Palate entry reminds me of a late-harvest Zinfandel, as crazy as that sounds. And thats the way it seems to finish, albeit an earthy (by way of malt) and spicy hop finish. The alcohol is held well in check but could stand to intergrate in the cellar. Damn this was pricey, but worth tasting at least once. Worked well with the currant and hazelnut bittersweet chocolate.
BelgiskOlklub (979) - Viby J, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 37,5 cl. Average size rocky tan head that’s mostly diminishing. Heavy aroma of coffee, roasted and burnt malt. Also heavy hoppy bitter aroma. It has a full body and oily texture. Strong in alcohol - to strong in my opinion. The strength on 14 %is doing no good. Heavy bitter flavor and long bitter, burnt alcoholic finish.
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle. Poured into a big brandy snifter. The color is a bright glossy black with a swirly head of deep dark tan. The aroma is is pretty mild. I can smell some bitter coffee and dark chocolate; just a touch of alcohol. The flavor is a match of the aroma. A smooth blend of bitter coffee and dark roasted chocolate. There is a bitter nature to this stout, but at the same time I can’t say the flavors aren’t well blended and smooth on the delivery. The 14% alcohol is nowhere to be seen. The body is there, but I wouldn’t have guessed 14%, I would have guessed 8 or 9. That fact alone is impressive. I guess I’m undecided on this beer. The quality is more than evident, but where is the standout that makes it a top-notch beer?
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours out thick like motor oil, nice brown head and intense aroma. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is very filling and complex. Coffee up front goes into a nice chocolate with some notes of dark fruits and slight earthy notes with some roasted malt lingering around in the background. Very nice!
adrian910ss (2434) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black with a thick foamy light brown head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of bitter coffee beans, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste of freshly roasted coffee, malt and bitter dark chocolate. alcohol well hidden. A very nice imperial stout.
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(375ml bottle) Large brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, chocolate, anise/cherry, light smoke, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, some smoke/burnt, alcohol, grapefruit, fig. Low carbonation, full body. Definitely has some nice qualities, but the alcohol presence is too strong for me to enjoy the beer fully -- at 9% I’d probably enjoy this much more.
jazzmaster (22) - DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml . Opaque black with a medium, mostly lasting head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted barley. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, hops, and alcohol. Smooth full body but with a slightly rough bitterness
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle enjoyed with shp555 and douglas88 at my place. So this is the second batch but man, this was tasty. Thick and rich. Like biting into a coffee and chocolate confection. Has a bit of bitterness which nicely complimented the richness.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 Bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Lacing on glass is pretty heavy. Aroma of roasted coffe and chocolate, with some unID’d bitter/sour notes. Taste is also of coffee and chocolate, with some fruit and hops. The most fruit I’ve ever taste in a RIS. Finish has some other flavors that are hard to pickup, bitter, salt, citrus(?). A lot going on here. Mouthfeel is slick and sticky. A very nice stout. Not as hot as I expected for 14%. Really nice and unique for the impy stout group.