BeerandBlues2 (11973) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the 6th Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours opaque with a large, creamy, dark brown head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel, toffee), light hops (grass), heavy yeast (leather) with notes of tar and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Ratman197 (12958) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting tyan head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, roastiness and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and light roastiness with a smooth lingering semisweet finish.
Brigadier (3510) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle
I was wary of this when I saw it at the store but I figured New Holland deserved another shot. After all it has been a while since I last sampled any of their products so perhaps things have improved. As it turns out this is actually a pretty good imperial stout once you get past how thick it is. I won’t be buying any more because my cellar is stocked with other things but if you see this on the shelf don’t worry about picking up a dud.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black body swirls in an oily pattern that leaves streaks around the rim of the glass. The nose is thick and almost suffocating with traces of charcoal and plum. The dominant component is pure dark chocolate like the variety that you would use for hot chocolate (the real stuff not Hershey’s powder). It could be more complex but it isn’t thin either.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel chokes the senses with layer after layer of melted dark bittersweet chocolate. Other than a bit of smokiness and plum that is the entirety of this beer. With a few more flavors in the mix it would be excellent; instead it is one of the more average imperial stouts. The biggest difficulty may be in finishing the bottle. Imagine trying to drink two pints of slightly diluted Hershey’s syrup. I’m glad to have tried this but I won’t be getting any more.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black, very thin tan head. Nose is nutty toffee, loads of alcohol, some chocolate & rich burnt malt. Flavor is that nutty toffee, caramel, plenty of hops & too much alcohol. A bit cloying/underattenuated.
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep and dark...so far so good. No head, save for a few tan bubbles. Aromatic, pungent, roasty, dark chocolate nose. Great coffee and bittersweet chocolate balance, dark chocolate truffles, kicked up Hershey bar and soy sauce twang end notes, with a hint of brown sugar and a double shot of chocolate syrup right out of the bottle. Some alcohol vapor on the finish but warm and welcome. The pour did not look too thick but the body is velvety, thick and rich. Finishes smooth with a cocoa coating on my tongue I can’t get over. The flaked barley creates a wonderful dimension, almost an oatmeal like degree of buttery softness. I would, however, like to see more liveliness of carbonation and a touch of bitterness. Nonetheless, well done. A keeper for sure.
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a thick oily pitch black with a tiny light brown head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, barley, black licorice and alcohol. Taste of sweet roasted malts, black licorice, barley, dark chocolate and alcohol. A big beer with a big punch.
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thick black pour that slowly releases a one finger orangish tan head. Aromas are a lovely mix of burnt malt scents that are reminsicent of peat and a little smoke, coffee and dark chocolate, soy sauce and a little touch of alcohol. Flavor is more of the same with a thick alcoholic bite to it. Molasses and soy flavors come through stronger in the taste than in the nose. Nice, but there is a little bit too much bite to the alcohol at cellar temperature.
CP (124) - USA - APR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is awesome. It has a jester on teh bottle. LOL!
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very, very dark. Lots of alcohol and burnt oak in the aroma. Little head or carbonation. Flavor of chocolate, coffee and over ripe fruit, and pretty creamy. The alcohol gets in the way a bit for me. I liked it, but probably won’t serve it.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 WOW!! What an Impy. It is hard to say that something is underrated at 96 percentile, but this one very well might be. Just a terrific and complex brew, I was very impressed. Pours a jet black, thick and doesn’t let any light through at all. Very thick and tan head. Loads and loads of coffee in the flavor. Very chewy, great mixture of malts and barley. Nice hints of chocolate, with some light fruit on the backend. Thickens as it warms, becomes even bolder. A little too boozy in spots, but that’s really the only thing holding it back. One review said this was very different, in a good way, and I couldn’t agree more. Fantastic.