alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black. Off white head with large bubbles. I smell roasted malts and coffee. Aroma also carries just a tiny bit of that alcohol smell. Initial tastes are similar to the smells: roasted malts. After a few swallows you can actually get some caramel, raspberries and plum. I wouldn’t recommend drinking this beer ice cold. If you’ve been storing it in the fridge, let it sit out and warm up a bit. This beer turned out to be more complex than initial tastes indicated. I like it a lot.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Pours a black colour with a small, off-white and very lacey head. First aroma impressions are molasses, coffee and fruitiness. The first sips are pretty bitter and coffeish. Then I detect chocolate, fruitiness, but it ends pretty bitter and leaves a very slighty medicine-bitter aftertaste. This biterness diminished, though, the longer the beer sat in the glass. It´s light- to mediumbodied and pretty dry. This beer has a nice complexity, and some nice flavour characteristics, but I didn´t find it anywhere as enjoyable as the Stone Russian Imperial Stout, I had the day before. Thanks, saarlander, for this beer.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black pour. Moderate amount of surprisingly light head that dissipates very quickly. Aromas of raisins, alcohol and cough syrup (somehow, not a bad thing) and a bit of dark roast. Body is much dryer than the aromas led me to expect, and very dry for an Imp Stout. Lots of roasty astringency. Taste is amazingly complex... Roasts, carmel, raisins, port, carbon. Wow! A terrific beer, and just the thing for December.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Burnt chocolate grains and molasses overtones cover the high-alc punch nicely. Low-carbonation matches the not-tto-thick yet rich texture nicely. Finishes complex, like Old Peculier--not a first-date beer.
For my money, it’s one of the best tasty little wallops in a bottle.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby/brown colour. Not that dark for a stout. Low carbonation. Treacle accented, coffee essence flavour. Burnt malt and chocolate to go with the coffee in the flavour. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice, but not outstanding. Bottled.
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is high in alchohol and chocolate. Short lived bite of hoppiness gets renewed with every sip. Very smooth but a bit on the thin side. Sits quietly in the glass with no bubbles. Muddy brown and glows ruby in the right light. Comes close to overwhelming the malts and hops at the end. A stout with presence.
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 12oz bottle. Tasted in a snifter/tulip style glass. The aromas started when I popped the cap off! Poured black with a small tan head. Tasted at 50 degrees (my cellar temp today). Nose of high quality milk chocolate, with some tart fruit, a bit of coffe, but not much. This is really fragrant! Is this a flavored beer? The chocolate flavor is pronounced with more coffe and those same fruity flavors. Some bitterness, but maybe just what is needed to fend off the apparantly assload of malt to get this up to 9%. The more I drink, the more I get more bitterness and more floral hops flavors. The beer really changes over the course of the glass. Finish is dry, fruity, kinda roasty.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Sweet malt, average hops, lots of alcohol in the aroma and taste. Well balanced. Not too wild like some other imp. stouts. Good stuff.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is of toffee and smoke. Flavor is malty, coffee, smokey, and chocolate. More bitterness than many Imperial stouts. Very good.
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A smoky sexy stout! Toffee and malt aromas. Flavors of toffee and licorice. This brew shows its 9% power in it’s finish. Right. I know you won’t have 3 or 4 of them in a session, but they demand more respect than that. I love this Impy!