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. 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 (10284) - 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.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle via trade with DocLock - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a quarter finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant. Itís floral, light coffee, and esters and a touch of licorice as it warms. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate, and a hint of dark esters. I generally try not to use the word "complex" when describing beer, but this one fits the description. Palate is oh so slightly dry. A tad bit of bitter lingers on the tongue. There is also a bit of alcohol warming. Takes the chill off! Medium to full body. An excellent beer. Thanks Jeff
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 ounce bottle from MrBendo
Pitch black pour with a dark brown head.
The aroma is mostly coffee, but it seems to be blended with a decent amount of hops. Thereís a bit of a woody note. The roast background in light but noticeable.
Very power full flavors here. Coffee, roast, and some hops. Kind of a vanilla or marshmallow thing going on. Alcoholic finish.
Pretty thin. Dancing carbonation. Dry roasted and alcholic finish.
The flavor is really nice, right up to the point where the alcohol attacks. That, and the thin body are the major turn offs for me.