cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Upgrade March í05. Superb, just superb. Definitely greater smoky character on this than the other samples of great Impys Iíve had as of late. Certainly complexity going on, when the smokiness is countered by tartness in the finish. Unimpeachable appearance, and aroma is indicative of whatís in the flavor. Even the mouthfeel seems to balance thickness with lightness. An expertly crafted beverage for expert entusiasts.
Iím now somewhat more familiar with the kinds of Imperial Stouts out there, ranging so far from a Sam Smithís to a Bellís Expedition. This is more similar to a Bellís Expedition (but I love Sam Smithís more at this point). That was my thought at first, anyway. This doesnít quite have the all-around robustness of a Bellís Expedition, though. But by the same token, the Bellís Expedition is more overpowering and hence is more limited in its drinkability than this. This is pretty excellent stuff even if not quite the eccentric masterpiece that Bellís Expedition is. Aroma is pretty mild by comparison. Like Bellís, the alcohol comes in rather overpowering and noticeable in the bite in the throat upon swallowing it. I donít get the kind of complexity as in Bellís (is it apparent yet that Iím judging the quality by the standard of Bellís?), though the mouthfeel provides a similar kind of silkiness before that throat bite kicks in (this is how they both differ from Sam Smithís). I have íImperial Stoutí entered as my favorite style, but they differ enough that now I dunno for sure. If not Imperials, then (well-done) Doppelbocks are my faves, so maybe that gives some idea where Iím coming from.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid strong stout. Pours thick and black like a good ip should. At 8.9% the alcohol is masked very well with strong tones of roast coffee and burnt chocolate, taste goes on forever. Great beer for a cold night in a nice dark pub.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good stuff. Very complex maltiness masks the alcohol a bit. Moderate bitterness to boot. Very thick and syrupy on the palate - like drinking molasses. The bottle I tried had almost no head to speak of. The label is also cool - Iím not sure why.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fantastic stout. Alcohol is well hidden. Flavors just seem to roll on forever. Finished well as I donít like sweet. One could drink damaging amouts of this. Hmm.. Gives me an idea, 3 - 4 - 5?
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As far as imperials go, this is a good beer. But after having Bellís Expedition stout, everything else seems inferior.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Imperialís are my favorite style and this is a solid beer - but why so much hops?!?
Dark motor oil like appearance. Huge nose of pine. Complex flavors galore - burnt chocolate, java, winey notes. Very nice finish that lasts for minutes!! But alas it is out of balance when the hops take over the malt characters - yet still, some of the boldest flavors I have had in an IP.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Thick black with a nice tan bubbly and creamy top, aroma was first and foremost strong coffee, with chocolate and raisins and authentic black licorice sneaking in too...bittersweet cocoa start, with licorice, bitterness, and warming alcohol...high carbonation...tummy warmer with bitter head slaps
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer rocks. The nose is one of alcohol and espresso. Very intense beer with a shade and consistency as black and thick as Mississippi mud. Pleasantly surprised by the dry finish.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Rerate - Nov. 1, 2005 - 3 years old.
Gets even better with age. Beautiful complexity in both the nose and the body. Awesome!!
Original Rating - July 3, 2002
Very dark ruby red color, big creamy light brown head. Full, fresh aroma of chocolate, coffee and alcohol - not necessarily in that order. Body doesnít dissapoint. Very complex, big roasted notes, finishes smooth and very bitter. Lovely.
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! This beer will knock your socks off and if your not careful other items of clothing as well. Use with caution as it does have very high alcohol content. I really like the pow kazam wammo flavor. Itís very big and bold. But the aftertaste is a bit overly sweet and boozy for my liking, especially as the beer warms up. A friend of mine whoís a big Doppelbock fan really liked it. As an Irish Stout fan, I found a bit too heavy for most situations. Still it was quite appropriate as a reward after a cold blustery afternoon of hard outdoor labor. BTW, I think this is a wonderfully clever label and idea for a beer. I give them extra points for marketing.