MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A creamy head covers the near-opaque blackness.
-Roasted malts and light berry fruitiness conjure up but a frail aroma.
-A fruity prevalence dominates the flavor spectrum, offering lots of blackberries and grapes.
-Body is well-carbonated, but finally complacent.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some roastiness and dark chocolate lies under the fruitiness.
-The oatmeal character of the date squares recall hearty cooking.
-Another high gravity beer from New Glarus which dissimulates its alcohol strength very well.
-Definitely a malty Impy, as hops are way back playing the tympani.
Bottle; no date.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer offers a hearty aroma of malt that has infusions of coffee and cocoa lingering in the background. This beer is dark black in color and develops a good sized mocha colored head when poured. This thick beer perks the taste buds with a healthy chocolate nut taste. This beer has enough courtesy to let the flavor linger nicely as it smoothly fades away.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I have been storing this one for over a year, kind of think it wasnít worth the wait. Poured a dark brown, black. With a thick tan head. First taste has a almost watery feel to it. Not as much of a taste as I thought there would be as I was prepped for the hoppy stout. Instead it seemed weak and unfulfilling.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with Duane and Phil - Thanks to both of you! - Pours black witha creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the snifter in spiderweb form. Aromas of roasted malts, big caramel, a touch of chocolate and some coffee. Flavor is a blend coffee, chocolate and other roasted flavors. Some notes of toffee as well and a touch of raisin. Palate is a little lighter than the usual impy, but I thought also a little smoother than some Iíve had with a pretty nice mouthfeel. I found this a very drinkable and enjoyable, just a step below the big boys but still a nice brew..
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown, not quite black pour....small tannish head. Moderately roasty sweet malty nose, some slight coffee aroma. Flavor is roasted malt, some chocolate, caramel maybe, and dark fruitiness like raisins, etc. . Thinner than I like my impy stouts. Not the worst IS Iíve had, but far far from the top.
pineypower (2689) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Grainbelt via trade. Pours out rather thin with a small tannish head and a black body. Aroma is roasty. Flavor is caramel, roasted malts and some chocolate here and there. Very drinkable brew, but the mouthfeel was rather thin, which for me doesnít go with an imperial stout. None the less it was a solid brew
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. deep dark brown in color with a little tan head. Aroma is caramel like and roasty. Flavor is malty and roasty. Coffee like roasty flavor. Raisiny notes. Medium bodied. Finish is sweet. Nice beer. Drinkable.
ClarkVV (4068) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Canít remember who I got this one from, but thanks. Consumed on 11/23/2005. Pours that gold-amber color we all know and love from New Glarus (alot of their beers look very similar). Foamy white head is still quite lively, while the beer is, of course, filtered and clear, little to no lacing from the beige head. Aroma of toffee. Yep, just toffee. Only moderate roast, more of a toasted grain note, sweet and simple, lightly sugary. Flavor is caramel sweetness, very high, with a light mix of light roast and toffee. One of the most uncomplex beers Iíve ever had. I donít even think we could finish the 12 oz bottle between 3 people. Just syrupy sweet caramel and sticky toffee, very sugary. No hop notes. No alcohol, fizzy carbonation is still quite high. Raisiny, almost sweet, sugary dates grow on the palate as well. Like a thick dose of caramel sugar and little else. Cloying.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of StewardofGondor in trade. Pours very watery with wispy tan head. Aroma and flavor very muted. Watered down coffee and roasted grain. A little taken aback, as I tend to enjoy most of the NG stuff.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks rich for this one to end the day. Aroma not much to speak of really. Pour was nice and black with tan head. Flavor surprisingly wasnít much to speak of either. A nice malt with a tinge of coffee. Palate was good also. Overall this was ok but really not much to say.