Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all this is my first rating. I had to start off with something fitting of a #1
Pours an opaque black with a thin mocha head. The palate is a silky smooth coating of my tongue.Taste of coffee lots of roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate.Smell is cherries coffee and candied sugars. A very tasty imperial stout and will be looking for more of this!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Thanks Dan! The pour is a deep, melted dark chocolate color that appears black at first glance. A foamy tan head settles slowly to a swirly, thin film with a prominent edge. Random spots of lacing dot the glass. Upon the first whiff, an avalanche of coffee and bakerís chocolate explode into the nasal passages. This monster is as roasty as it gets. Dark fruits are present in the background, but they get slapped around by the intensely strong coffee and chocolate. Moving to the flavor, things get a bit more complex, yet the intensity does not subside. Again, freshly crushed Columbian coffee beans and bitter, biting chocolate take top billing. Upon further inspection, however, caramel, nougat, and vanilla force their way through the roast. The only major flaw this beer displays, and it is forgivable given its age, is a rather intense, vodka-esque heat. This beer practically sears the throat on the way down. The mouthfeel is big, full, and smooth. To sum everything up into one word, this beer is ROASTY! Itís like Peche Mortel or Beer Geek Breakfast on steroids, though its held back a bit by its intensity and lack of balance. Still, this is clearly an excellent beer that will no doubt be world-class once its few flaws have been aged away.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz bottle (green bottle). Pours pitch black with a 1 cm head that is mostly diminishing, bubbly, and brown. Aroma of coffee, licorice, and a hint of caramel and maybe plums. Initial flavors include dark fruits, coffee, and a little brown sugar. Flavor ends with hops and alcohol along with lesser amounts of the initial flavors. Medium body, light carbination, with a lasting aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol content, would guess around 8%. Glad I tried it, but I think it may be a little over rated. Looks and smells better than it tastes. And what is with the green bottle?
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy jsquire: Pours black with no head. Strong coffee, chocolate, molasses and brown sugar permeate the nose. Very warming, silky mouth feel. This is one of the finest tasting brews Iíve ever had. Flavors of raisins, plums, chocolate, espresso and cherries all combine to form the equivalent of ecstasy in a bottle. Amazing stuff.
SSSteve (3832) - - 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....itís 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 Iíll give a spin in a year or two.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - 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 (5109) - 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.