pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 11-17-07 bottle and again 1-6-08 at tasting.
Black thick pour with a creamy tan head - pours like a chocolate fountain. Heavy imperial stout aroma - rich chocolate, roasted honey aroma. Hints of gingerbread and banana nut muffins in there too. Complex smell and very interesting to the nose. Taste is a thick sweet chocolate flavor. Nice semi-sweet finish and an ideal mouthfeel. Feels like melting chocolate on the tongue. Alcohol is present as it warms - almost overpowers the rich flavors that were present before. My rating was much higher before the presence of the alcohol became overly obvious in the smell and taste.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In my humble estimation, this is not what an imperial stout should generally aspire to be, rather this transcends imperial stout, beautifully crafted. Pours as dark as a beer can, oily with a dead on imperial stout tan head, thinning to something dense and modest quickly. I didn’t notice it at first, but my girlfriend pointed out the really startling smoke in the nose of this beer. I thought it was charcoal, but now I think smoke is an even bigger player. Dark bitter chocolate. Alcohol, sweet round malt. Really just heavenly balance of bitterness from the roast and maybe some big piny hops with that ROAST! Thick full mouthfeel. Almost like oil. Really hard not to give this a five from feel, the hell with it, I’m doing it. This is almost a milkshake! A big sweet creamy beer up front with plenty of wonderful character. Big roast. Big alcohol. The two counter a big massive malt backbone. A bit of acidity, some significant bittersweet chocolate, pine, char, and a long lingering char bitterness at that! And again, that smoke, it’s there and it comes on more with the finish. A campfire in my mouth, with a dash of bacon and chocolate. That sounds unpleasant, but I can’t imagine anything more enjoyable right now. I have been moved. As it warms, more anise comes out, as well as more roast. Neither of which is a bad thing.
nearbeer (4723) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 ml. Opaque black with a four finger head that lasts. Charred wood, cocoa and slight citrus? aroma. Big, slightly sweetened chocolate-coffee and molasses front turns to a more roasted, bitter, and mildly acidic version of the same flavors. Just the right (slight) alcohol touch on the end. Medium-heavy palate is silky smooth and sufficiently dry on the finish to make this a pricey, but excellent, 2-to-3 pint session stout.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Color is jet black with a small frothy chocolate head. Aroma is bitter dark chocolate, coffee and a wiff of alcohol. Flavor starts rich and roasty with black coffee followed by bakers chocolate, bitter sweet with a touch of licorice in the finish. Medium-full body is slick and oily with soft carbonation.
pforei (338) - USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black color with brown head. One of the darkest heads I’ve ever seen. Dark malt aroma mostly of chocolate, salty black olive, licorice, and a little dark fruit. Chocolate/olive/licorice dominates the taste. More roasted, bitter, woody, or hoppy notes would add to complexity. Mid to full bodied with subdued palate.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Mcbackus. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Has rich flavor of coffee, wood, chocolate, and cherries. Finishes heavy bodied, coffee flavor stays on the palate. Alcohol is present, with mild carbonation and warming in the belly.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nogne’s Impy Stout pours black, and by black I mean black. If it’s directly backlit there’s only a faint mahogany highlight shining through the bottom of the glass. A khaki head grew on the pour to a modest one finger of creamy foam before settling into a nice crown with a fat ring around the glass. Leaves some nice to look at spread out spiderwebbed lacing as I sip.
I don’t know what to think of the aroma. A good dose of roastiness along with a lactic cream quality make for an enjoyable smeller. There’s something funny in there though. Not funny bad just funny I didn’t expect it and have never really encountered it before. There’s a lively orange and lime zest middle to the aroma and it’s leaving me confused but interested. After maybe 15 minutes of breathing the crazy zestiness seems to die down and mingle but never completely fades. There’s also an alcohol spiciness on the backend.
Now I don’t know what I was picking up in the aroma but none of the citrus is there in the flavor. Is my nose broken? It’s a possibility. Nice overall balance of roastiness, creaminess, a mild coffee bitterness, and some bakers chocolate. There is some, very faint, pine bitterness with a bigger rounder coffee ground bitterness on the finish. Quality RIS.
Mouthfeel is good but if I had to pick something out it could use just a little more body. The body does have some stick to it as it coats the tongue but it’s just not chewy enough.
Although this has a healthy abv. it’s pretty easy to put away. It is a sipper but the smoothness of the body really keeps this going down easy.
This is a quality Impy Stout but there are better examples out there. It’s definately worth a try and I’m sure I’ll pick some more up in the future.
ChetLemmons (87) - orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
found @ knightly spirits. very, very dark and thick, with nice brown frothy head. coffee and mocha aroma, with a hint of cream. robust coffee flavor, medium to heavy body. not the best stout ever, but has a lot of character, and has proven tough to find. a little too pricey for my wallet, but not too bad.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yet another rating discovered amidst the odds and ends. I believe the bottle was courtesy after4ever. Thanks again, Tom! Pours an opaque black with a lacy tan head. Full, coffee and chocolate aroma. Creamy, medium body. Bittersweet chocolate and licorice taste with a light espresso finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2539) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very black pour, small head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is roast with rich darker fruits and dark chocolate. Medium to heavy body, some alcohol in the finish, moderate to low bitterness. Enjoyable but didn’t come off like a 4+/5 impy stout.