gilvanblight (755) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely dark pour with a deep tan head. Slightly red in colour. Almost like a burgandy/black.
Strong scent that was evident immediately upon pouring and filled the room. Strong smokey scent with some flowery tones. A fruit I can’t place as well. Very pleasant smelling.
Thick smokey mouth. Boozy especially in the aftertaste. Low carbonation. Aftertaste lingers. Overall very pleasant spicy smokey beer that is just a touch too boozy.
One of the best I have had in a while and thus far the best this year.
Metalchopz (2073) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown colour with a nice creamy light brown head that has great retention. A cascade-effect is seen. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, mild smoke and alcohol are found as the aromas. The hop is also very present, almost minty. Very well-hidden alcohol which slightly comes out in the finish, but not burning. Smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied, almost watery (lets say "refreshing"). The taste is quite mild with lots of the characters found in the scent. Just pretty mild with not much hop and licorice in the finish. The smoke is very, very light in the mix. Still, a pretty good Impy Stout.
JanLaursen (2659) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 Extremely black beer with a very dark foamy head. Aroma of smoke and tar. Very fat texture with a flavor that is sweet and soft and long. Imagine a combination of smokehouse (or a sausage shop) and Finnish Licorice. If you like stouts, you’ll definitely have to try it.
rederic (2846) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, pitch black color, with a thick tan head, light and subtle peated, smoked, roasted, black, chocolate malt nose with some chocolatey pralines, brownie, molasses accents, with some burnt dark dried fruity notes of raisins, figs and dates, and a hint of beechwood smokiness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a smooth warmth, roasted, chocolatwe, black, wheat, slight smoked malt, chocolatey character with some dark bitter chocolate, dark coffee, burnt fruitcake, burnt toast, molasses flavours with some faint spicy licorice, roasted coffee bean, burnt beechwood undertones and some burnt bran muffin notes, leading towards a warming, dark bitter chocolate, black coffee, burnt fruitness, molasses, roasty bitterness finish.
czar (3672) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2012 pours almost black with little and disappearing head, then fades completely. aroma and taste is roastiness, tobacco, vanilla and light smokiness. full body. long lingering hoppy (and nice) finish.
thb (653) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown (not black) with average bubbly coffee head. Aromas of roasted barley, gentle smoke. Taste of coffee/smoke/tobacco/roast. Warming alcohol throughout (not so much alcohol flavour). Oily, mouthcoating mouthfeel.
oldgrowler (14) - USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty little beer, auburn-black with a transient caramel head. Malty and pleasant, despite moderate bitterness. Although the flavors aren’t especially complex, it’s very drinkable. You don’t even taste the 9.4% kick, which is why I gave it an extra point or two. Slight metallic aftertaste. Starts on a fruity note, ends on a smokey almost-meaty one. mmm!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
ml Bottle: Got in trade from Sammy; THANKS SAMMY! Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, lava rock, slight alcohol, and light smoked wood. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, dark brown head that disappeared very quickly. Lightly sparkling. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, lava rock, light smoke, slight chocolate, slight alcohol, and light smoked wood. Medium to full body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, slight chocolate, lava rock, light smoked, and smoked wood finish is dry. 9.4%ABV is slightly present in the aroma and flavor, but barely.
cyrenaica (965) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best Before Se[tember 14, 2003
I tried this beer in December 20, 2010 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a black colour with a brown generous head that reduced itself in half in no time before sticking around. The aroma is smoked wood, roasted malt, licorice, and coffee. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is smoked pork, roasted malt, coffee, and some vanilla hints. The smoke flavour lingers in the mouth.
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque black with reddish brown 1.5 inches of soapy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Big roasty aroma with some smoke. Middling mouthfeel. The taste is definite smoked malt,with chocolate, the carbonation is right there. Alcohol somewhat hidden, it does feel a little boozy in aftertaste.