OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black, thick with a small dark-tan head. Roasty chocolate aroma, lots of smoky licorice, a bit of black cherry.
The flavor...ah, the flavor. This one doesn’t make it s living by being big; it makes its living by perfect balance. Not that it’s a small or subtle beer, just that the perfection lies in the way that roasty chocolates are balanced by dry hops, the way the fruit tones come through in the middle melding with espresso and mild anise flavors. It’s truly superb. Indeed, what a wonder!
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was dark chocolate and deep espresso roast melded with raisins and prunes of dark dried fruits. Caramel and a grassy hop presence were notable along with a strong presence of roasted barley. The beer poured pitch black with a dark brown head which lasted for days and laced the glass from top to bottom. The flavor was smooth chocolate and espresso coffee with caramel, raisins, and a nice grassy hop note to tie it all together. The bittering from hops and grain was well done and the malt worked well to balance the dark grains and the hops. The finish was dry with lasting impressions of dark grains, roasted and chocolate, caramel, and grassy hop flavor and bittering. The body was full, but not quite viscous, and with a moderate level of carbonation was quite creamy on the palate. Alcohol was notable in the warming which occurred post consumption. A really nice Imperial Stout, smooth and silky with restrained alcohol! 16.9 ounce bottle.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impressive looking blackish pour with a nice, thick but fading tan head. Aroma has some well roasted, smoky dark malts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol detectable. Flavor is smoky and well roasted (to say the least). Coffee that is thick and viscous and heavy dark chocolate are what this reminds me of. Some dark fruit and a hint of alcohol too. Nice mouthfeel - full bodied and really nice. Really good Impy Stout!
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Firemoose15 via trade. Thanks again Mel! An essentially black viscous glob falls out of the bottle and creates a thick, creamy two-finger tall brown head. Some spotty lacing. The aroma was chocolate, smoked meat, cherry and plum. As it opened up more chocolate mixed with campfire and outright charred wood came into play. The flavor was chocolate, smoke, light hints of cherry and some hint at pine hops. The mouthfeel is exceptional and the finish is nice.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark and heavy brown pour. Settles black as glossy coal. Huge, immensely thick roasty brown topping caps it like a crown with a creamy smooth and frothy sponge. Dwells upon the liquid for a good stretch and leaves massive chucks of lacing in cob webby stitchings.
Favorably roasted and large nose here. Lots of "Expedition"- like qualities with deep dark roasted tang, espresso, dry chocolate, burnt prune, smoked plum, and cooked cherry skins. Slightly large smokey ascents and prevalent burntness of cookie edges, cake, and really dark vanilla notes. Great spicyness of x-mas breads and ginger cookies too. Damn nice and straight up exceptional Impy nose!
Taste makes due with a spectacular array of fun roasty stuff. Dark deceptive, deep, and tangy with smoked dark fruit skins and spicey holiday breads. Smmmoooth...lasting deepness of well developed and rounded roastyness with a bit of espresso touching the burnt notes. Kinda like a silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit bread or cake. A bit fudgey, a bit doughy, great hints to smoked/burnt stuff and loads of lasting taste and complexity. Yum, yum, yum, yum, Yum! Last third or so really turns into a silky chocolate dream.
Strong medium body, smooth, creamy, fluffy with a bit of texture to it. Chocolate toned sweetness, mild dark fruity tanged, and burnt fudgey cookie/cake all over the place. The finish is quite and chocolatey. The only real drag of the beer is that it really doesn’t have a finishing quality, but damn if it doesn’t make ya come back for more!
Ummm...you can label this brew as the best beer form Norway! Not that I’ve had a bunch from my native land, but from what I have had, this takes the silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit cake! Too bad its so spendy...but well worth the adventure.
I could see having a bunch of these after cross country skiing or snow shoeing the big hills of anywhere. Norway representin’ y’all!
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Pours out a deep, inky brown, with a sticky mocha colored head. Aromas are of licorice, roasted malts, charcoal, espresso beans. Flavors include alcohol, burnt sugar, black patent (read charcoal) malt. Thick body, decent mouthfeel. Overall, an OK beer. I’ve had better RIS though.
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared... Pours a deep dark color with a chocolatey head. The aroma is of sweet chocolate and creamy coffee. Tasting, the flavor is rich and malty sweet with just a touch of toasted biterness. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Very sweet finish with plenty of alcohol warmth.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was extremely dark brown/black. The head was very dark brown. The aroma was sweet malt, roast, coffee, molasses, and some vanilla. The flavor was bacon. It had a very strong meaty flavor with roasty undertones and hops. The palate was smooth and the finish was warm.
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours oil black with a nice viscosity. Produces a thin creamy dark brown head. Sweet rich aroma, molasses, soy sauce, . Very roasty flavor, alcohol definitely apparent, meaty, dark roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, mild hop bite and waxyness at the back of the mouth. Warming mouthfeel, nice waxyness with a smooth carbonation. Wasn’t quite what I like in the style as far as the flavor goes. Nice pour and mouthfeel but has much more of a hop profile and harsh roast than I like.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Pours very dark with a full light brown creamy head. Aroma is very nice with roasted coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. Flavor is nice with more dark, roast notes, molasses, roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate. Not much in the way of hops here. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a nice, soft and silky feel. Not characteristic of the style, but still nice and smooth. Finishes with chocolate and more roasted notes.