greenhorn1 (832) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from BottleTrek.com. Pours like oil with a brown frothy head that dissipates into a few wishpy clouds. Big aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Flavor is similiar with addition of roasted malts and even some citrus notes in the back. Smooth, almost velvet like, mouthfeel. You can hardly detect the alcohol, but it does sneak up quickly. This is a copmlex brew and will be even better with age.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was strong coffee and woodsy, earthy, grassy and minty hops when first poured. Roasted grains and espresso coffee were notable along with a caramel presence. The beer poured into the glass pitch black with a very slight ruby highlight when held to light. The head was brown, tight bubbled, tall and frothy with a lasting presence which laced the glass. The flavor was nicely malty with caramel and chocolate coupled to a nice roasted barley character of espresso coffee. The grassiness of the aroma carried over into the flavor and the caramel moved forward out of the background. The flavor was also lightly minty and the bitterness was well done in conjunction with the malt. The finish was dry with lasting grassy hop flavor and chocolate/coffee into the aftertaste. The body was just below full and despite a fairly low level of carbonation the beer was creamy on the palate. The alcohol was restrained despite being substantial and really only showed its cards in the warming that occurred post consumption. A very nice RIS! 12.7 ounce corked and bailed bottle.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black motor oil with a chocolate head that is sticky and lacy. Smells like chocolate covered fruit with some expresso. Taste is hot, lots of chocolate, dark fruit and a bitter hop finish. Thick in the mouth with a nice smooth finish. A sipper and needs some age. This has a bite that will tame with a year and generous flavors that need some time to mingle.
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black color with deep brown head. Aroma is kind of a let down with big nose of alcohol and citrus hop flavors. I really had to struggle to find a slight hint of chocolate or coffee. Taste is citrus hops, faint chocolate and alcohol. WTF? I was expecting more in an imperial stout brewed with COFFEE! The carbonation is mild leading to a creamy mouthfeel, and the alcohol is well hidden. Itís not bad, but just not what I was expecting with all the fanfare and price behind it.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black with a diminishing mocha head, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is alcohol, citrus, liquorice, and hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is rather bitter up front and finishes with a little alcohol burn and some coffee/chocolate. I find this to be an easy drinking Impy Stout, especially on the finish. I wish it had a bit less bitterness and more chocolate/coffee complexities. Aging this would probably do it more justice.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottlle. Black body, dark tan head, coffee and chocolate in the nose. Very bitter, alcoholic, severely overrated.
faroeviking (10286) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Labeled. Bottled on August 14th 07. Danish rating # 989. Pours a totally pitch black colour with a huge well lasting bubbly and creamy brown head leaving a good lacing. Sweetish aroma of alcohol indeed with lots of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and some liquorice. Very good mouthfeel. The flavour is bitter sweet with lots of roasted malt and chocolate along with bitter coffee, some smoke, alcohol, hops, dark fruits and liquorice. Bitter, roasty, dry and softly alcoholic finish. Woooooooooo, what a brew. IĀLll get myself some more of this brew to store.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice substantial dark tan head. aroma of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. at first, taste is extremely sweet, and the alcohol comes on heavy, as does substantial hop bitterness. Unbalanced and not very pleasing. The finish is awesome, chocolate bar and freshly roasted coffee, but unfortunately, occurs too late to make this something special.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a mostly receding mocha head. Aroma of coffee, sweet roasted malt, and ethanol. Taste is sweet roasted malt, vinous, chocolate, and alcohol. Mild coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied with lush carbonation. If you’re a lightweight like me, one bottle should suffice! Actually.. One bottle might have been too much!!!
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mild malt aroma, sweet coffee with spritz on front of palate from carbonation. very fronted with light finish. fresh and sticky to the palate thru to aftertaste. mild sweet spice presence, and yeastie backgrounds for a coffee stout, good.