Gr0ve (2078) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 ml bottle. Pitch black. Tall coarse beige head that disintegrates quickly leaving only traces at the edges. Acidic nose with roasted malts and an oily alcohol impression. Fairly low carbonation level. Roasty cigarette ash malt flavours. Sweet and malty. Intense burning flavours. Very nice. To be enjoyed in small sips.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a pitch black color with tan two finger head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of wood, vanilla, smoke, ripe dark fruit, caramel, some light chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, wood, vanilla, whisky, light notes of molasses and brown sugar. Generally medium to full body with a boozy and whisky finish.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours dark brown/ black with big foamy dark tan head. Nose is whiskey to burn off nose hairs, chocolate, and some roast. Flavor is similar with a shit-ton of whiskey and the associated burning sensation. Full-bodied with lingering whiskey.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours deep dark with full bubbly rubbly dark tan head. The aroma is full force goodness with chocolate, oak, sweet whiskey, roastiness and black strap molasses. The taste is rich with chocolate coated oak, molasses and some booziness like whiskey. It moves toward dryness with some booze and a touch of roasted malts that seems to be setting the plate for rich molasses and a solid oak table of woody goodness. Tons of fun going on here.
gkost (1703) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of IBrew2or3. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is whiskey, oak, toffee, mollasses, roasted malt, dark fruits, fig, prune and some smoke. Heavy oak flavor, tons of booze!, dark ripe fruits, pungent figs, burnt grains, coffee, dark cocoa. WOW!!!
madsberg (9337) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botled. Pitch black. Fluffy black head. Pours a think and oily liquid into the glass. Roast, brown sugar, alcohol, oak and prunes dominate the aroma. Flavour of roast, sugar, oak, whiskey, sweetness and light alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Dry. Heavily roasty and quite alcoholdense end, eventhough the alcohol primarily shows as warmth on lips and palate. Not my favourite in the series, but still a fun beer.
anders37 (14753) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty whisky aroma with hints of chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with some hints of wood. Has a roasted malty dark chocolate and licorice finish with hints of whisky in the aftertaste.
MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] shared by guerde. Pours viscous black with a small tan head. Aroma is fairly sweet, lots of barrel, licorice, alcohol, vanilla, espresso, and a little smoke. Flavor is somewhat sweet, less alcohol flavor than the nose suggests, really roasty, super dark chocolate, whiskey, and a light bitterness.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog rating. Nip bottle. Aroma of molasses, soy, whiskey soaked wood. Dark, charred marshmallow. A bit of smoke. Plenty of charred malts. Dark, dark chocolate and some French Roast too. Pours oily black with a thin and fleeting dark khaki head. Flavor is big, thick, boozy and sweet. Dark chocolate. Whiskey. Molasses. A touch of soy with some smoke to round everything out. Not as full bodied as I’d like. Slightly oily with a hot, sharp finish. A decent, albeit unspectacular BA Impy. Without many flaws, but not really my cup of tea. Thanks for the treat Andy and Al!
Guerde (1113) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle, thanks Marsiblursi!) Pours a deep black with a thin dark tan head that eventually recedes. Aroma is strong of coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and raisins. The taste is very nice and quite roasty, smoky, with lots of wood and vanilla, along with chocolate, hints of dark fruit, and dark roasted coffee. The finish lingers with roasted malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full, and the carbonation is just a bit high for the style. I’m not normally a fan of the bold roasted malt profile of most of Mikkeller’s Imperial Stouts, but the excellent barrel aging has really reigned it in and made for an excellent beer. Thanks again Marsiblursi!