mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. small brown mostly dissapating fizzy head into black body with sparkling present on all sides but not in a moving pattern just chillin on the glass. powerful aromas of strong coffee and chocolate, some unusual spices were present (but unsure what they were), also hops, malts, and some vinousness present in aroma. flavor is moderately sweet with some light bitterness. alcohol is noticed in the warming only. mouthfeel is thick. actually not as big as was expecting but still an awesome brew.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.5 l bottle, Proefbrouwerij version. Pitch black with small tan head. Sweetish, vinous and burnt aroma with notes of sharp and solvent alcohols, berries, coffee and licorice. Heavy roasty and bitter flavor with medical and vinous notes, coffee, dark fruits and sharp alcohols. Very long bitter and roasty finish. Over the top flavor bomb, only for slow sipping.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lively cola,malt aroma with touches of coffee and chocolate liquer alcohol. Complex malts taste ,bakers chocolate a tart fruitness, and a cold coffee bitterness that seems like it is derived from the alcohol,the wonderful Mikkeller smoothness on the palate,very subtley complex,not big bodied, the alcohol got a little harsh towards the finish. Probaly will smooth out with age. Nice stout, price a little high
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wonderful fresh hoppy, roasty, slight coffee, and chocolaty aroma. Very rich and velvety. Sweet and very roasty up front. Moving on to a robust bitterness that is interestingly balanced by a tart and sourness. Unique. Worth every penny. I have been sucked in...
greenhorn1 (850) - 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 (1141) - 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. It’s 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.