BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Black with a nice tan head. Nose of light soy, vegetal roast, plums and alcohol, some modest american hops. The flavor is balanced, sweet, acidic and astringent in just the right amounts. Strong alcohol tail. Not overly complex but it’s got a solid body and malt background. Yummy molasses and vanilla notes. Good Impy!
emacgee (4404) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark black and allows some light through in the pour. Looks pretty viscous. The head is nonexistent, with some stirring produces a fizzy light light tan head. The aroma is very rich, sweet, molasses, brown sugar, roasty, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. The flavor is very rich, sweet, roasty, waxy, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, alcohol is very warm. Nice viscous mouthfeel. Finishes very warm with some roast and residual sweetness. Pretty good RIS.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was dark brown/black. The head was very thin, fizzy, and light beige. The aroma was coffee, roasty, sweet, molasses, and alcohol. The flavor was alcohol, malty, chocolate, roasty, coffee, and molasses. The palate was full-bodied with no carbonation. The finish was warm.
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle acquired via trade from dchmela. Black in the belly, mahogany around the edges, the fine caramel-colored bubbles rise slowly after an aggressive pour. Flavors of dark chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla, and campfire smoke. Alcohol shows up rather late but is there. Slippery, not creamy mouthfeel. Overall a winner. Nicely done!!! THANKS AGAIN DAVE!!!
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black beer. Loads of malt and a little sweet. Thick, rich palate, but the sweet malt flavor with the heavily roasted, almost burnt grain doesn’t work for me.
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very small, very bubbly light brown head that mostly lasted, opaque, virtually no lacing, and a black hue with a bit of a bronze tint. Nose was malty, roasty, chocolate, hint of smoke, some raisins, and some coffee. Flavor was malt, roasty, some vanilla, smokey, lightly bitter, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth and a bit oily.Very quaffable brew, easy to drink as this is a very smooth beer, very tasty, nicely done by the folks at New Holland. Worthy of a try and I would drink this beer again.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle broght over by scubarex. This poured black in color with very fine brown bubbles that faded pretty quick. The nose was filled with vanilla, milk chocolate, light bourbon, coffee and plum. In the mouth it was medium-bodied and smooth showing a candied element. It was rich and hedonistic with some of the alcohol poking out.
Drake (10695) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh. Pours thick, viscous black with no head. Toffee, caramel, grainy aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Tastes of mocha, chocolate. Nice.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - APR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark black with almost no head whatsoever, just the faintest hint of a dark brown cap. Not too much going on with the nose, rich sweet treacly malts tempered by a decent level of roasted smokiness, a mild grassy hop aroma. Very softly carbonated, starting with dark berries and toffee on the palate before a bitter espresso character takes it through to a somewhat thin finish. Alcohol is a little too upfront for a style that usually cloaks it well. Not bad, but not great.
Beaver (1469) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish-black with no head, even after a vigorous pour.
The aroma is sweet chocolate, dark fruits (plum) and some rum cakey alcohol.
The flavor is roasted fudgy chocolate and coffee with a slight tang of dark fruits. It has a big bitter roasted and tarry alcoholic finish that is a bit over the top and slightly off tasting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with no carbonation.
Overall, I really like the flavor of this, other than the finish. The lack of carbonation hurts it as well. This is close to being an awesome brew.