alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can; poured a dark black with a small brown head. A lot of beers say they pour like oil; this one really did. Thick and sludgy. Aroma was good; chocolate, oats, toffee with a decent amount of hops. Really good mouthfeel; both thick and smooth. Flavor was both very hoppy and roasted malt heavy. I picke up the same chalkiness that I tasred in the barrel aged version. It came and went, which was strange. It was pretty good, but to me it just didnít taste great.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Can courtesy of mreusch (Thanks Matt!) Pours out like used motor oil with a dark tan head that I coaxed out by pouring vigorously into the glass. Nose is strongly coffee, with some milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla. This beer tastes as much like a mocha as any Iíve ever had. Nice coffee and chocolate influences, with a bit of roasted malt that all blends together beautifully. Finish is subtly bitter and clean. Great brew.
carl4beer (521) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz can. popped the can and the pouring experience was unique. pressure in teh can seemed low, and when pouring it seemed almost flat. like pouring motor oil. other beers may pour like this, but the can makes it seem more so. the hard pour produce a beautiful brown head. aroma is huge roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, and a hint of anise. mouthful is smooth creamy and full of well blended flavors of chocolate, coffee, dried fruit. nice mild bitter finnish. wow... very nice!
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like motor oil(just like the name) Malt,coffee, and oat to the nose. Flavors of malt, chocolate, and some hops. Really thick strong finish, almost a little overpowering. Mmmm this one was really a slow sipper.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz can courtesy of ucusty. Man this was a pleasent suprise when I end of this trade. Chocolate aroma and roast. Black oil body with dark tan head and decent lacing. Flavor cold had a bitterness to it but as beer warmed man thick creamy chocolate flavor abound. Mild dryness to this one as other Impy Stouts for me left me dry and wanting water cleanser. Smooth and alcohol well hidden on the palate. Great brew.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 2200!! Can (355ml) courtesy of kp -- thanks again Keith! This is exciting, Iíve really been looking forward to trying this. Pours completely black, like oil, with a large lasting foamy brown head and nice lacing on the glass -- it looks awesome. Aroma: Boy oh boy that smells nice. The first thing I notice is roasted malt and rich dark chocolate followed by some coffee, dark fruit, oatmeal and hops. I just keep smelling, and smelling some more. Iím pleasantly surprised to find the flavour is even better! Like the aroma, lots of roasted malt and rich dark chocolate along with plenty of leafy hops, some coffee, dark fruit and even some sweetness and finally, a nice, long bitter finish. The alcoholís present but quite well hidden considering the high abv. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel, man thatís thick, but goes down smooth. A big, complex, easy-drinking, delicious Impy Stout -- I need more!!!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Fatheads in Pittsburgh. Pours a deep black with thick dark brown-plum head. Aroma of chocolate, balsamic reduction, and dark roasted malts. Full bodied, with a nice smooth and oily texture. Flavor of dark unsweetened chocolate, burnt coffee, and molasses that transitions to a very bitter finish. Bitterness is also joined by some slight tang and astringency, the sum of which I found slightly unpleasant. I am not a fan of overhopped stouts.
NMC01 (69) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummi! Black, heavy stout with brown, sticky foam. Powerful taste of black coffee, dark chocolate and wonderfully hopped finish. The alcohol percentage is noticeable.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours pitch black with big tan head. The aroma roasted malts, coffee hops. Taste has some sweet chocolate and caramel but dominated by the hop bitterness. This is a thick chewy sort of beer and took a while to drink. The aftertaste lingers. Not the most subtle but really good. To good to come from a can.
oh6gdx (19934) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Canned (thanks ante!). Pretty much pitchblack colourwith small brown head. Aroma is really smoked and roasted malts along with chocolate, some vanilla, cocoa, coffee and burnt wood. Flavour is the same with some dark dry fruits, mild spices and quite hoppy. Bitter finish. Differs from the impy stout masses.