puboflyons (2152) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#360 of brew no. 1162. The pour is very dark brown with ruby red hues glistening in the light. Nice frothy brown head. Not as black as I expected for an Impy Stout. Smoky aromas on the nose to start followed by an enticing maltiness and mellow alcohol bite. The body is heavy and creamy. Warming on the tongue. The taste is comfortably bitter but there is not a lot of chocolate sensations happening. The bottle costs about $20. This is worth trying but it might be cheaper to try it on tap at the pub itself. And I do not think this beer is widely available outside of NH.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle #542 thanks to Scottie.
Pours black with a big fluffy tan head that recedes slowly to a thin cap and leaves some sparse lacing.
Aroma is very chocolaty with cocoa powder and milk chocolate mixed with roasted black malts. Not much in the way of hops.
The taste is also sweet up front with chocolate malts, coffee and some earthy hops. But the difference in the taste is that the finish is much more bitter and roasty than anything I was expecting from the nose.
The mouthfeel is very, very smooth with a dry, roasty finish.
This is a decent RIS that’s heavy on the chocolate and dark roasted malts and very dry in the finish. All in all, I’m glad I got to sample something from this brewery and I look forward to others.
johnnnniee (2315) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overly expensive 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a solid black with no light penetration. smallish tan head dissipates quickly to a ring around the top of the glass. Smells of roast caramel, toffee, and chocolate, spicy perfumy hops, touches of alcohol and a slight smoky phenolic in there as well. Taste is roasty and smoky, mix up with some chocolate, caramel, and spicy hops. The body on this one starts off really thick, but somehow finishes quite dry on the palette with a lingering smoky roasty-ness. Low level of carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is not the worst stout I’ve set to my lips, but certainly not worth the 20 dollar price tag. The body could be a little thicker, and I think the smoke is too strong and detracts more than it enhances this brew. One and done for me.
thornecb (4416) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Moat. Pours mahogany-tinged black into a shaker. No head, but mocha hugs rim. Burnt chocolate aromas. Dry and sweet with chocolate upfront and a lasting espresso finish. Served too cold.