brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can. Severed at the Brick Store in Atlanta. Pours black and oily with a long lasting head. Tons of coffee, chocolate, and burnt/roast grains. Semi-Sweet also. The flavor is not nearly as heavy as the appearance and aroma let on. Bitter chocolate (with only a very light sweetness). Notes of fruit (cherry perhaps) and plenty of pine hops. Coffee/espresso as also a powerful presence. Makes me think of having it for breakfast. Pretty good.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It smells really nice.....has a good mid palate flavor...then like a palate cleanser...has no finish whatsoever....which sucks for a imp stout.......way overrated beer in my opinion
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours jet black with a one finger tan head and has decent lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark malts and a hint of toffee. Full bodied with a nice thick and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, dark malts, and notes of molasses with a bitter and dry finish. Awesome stout in a can.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Appearance quite interesting, as the pour seems to reveal absolutely no head but after about 5 seconds past the end of a vigorous pour comes a slowly cascading dark brown head rising out of a thick black mass. It fades quickly to a cap, but the impression of its short appearance is lasting. Fairly subdued aroma, with roasted nuts, burnt caramel, overtones of dark chocolate. Taste is redeeming to an extent: roasted malt, almost over-roasted to astringency and slightly acrid bitterness, nuttiness, quite strong tones of milk chocolate and touches of coffee, slight alcohol lingering in the finish. Bitter, roasted aftertaste. Quite incredibly thick and viscous but not at all cloying, remains fine and moderate carbonation.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
35,5 cl can. Black colour with a nice creamy head. Great smooth aroma of burned coffee, roastedness, and hints of milk chocolate. Very tasty flavour of dry roastedness, coffee, and chocolate. Ends up bitter and dry with a warm feeling from the alcohol.
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What time is it? About 10:50. 12 oz can. Poured out a deep chocolate brown, with a huge mocha colored head. The head is thick, sticky, gooey. Left a decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of chocolate brownies, cocoa powder, roasted malts, oak boards, earthy hops. Flavors are chocolate latte, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Thick mouthfeel, rich and chewy. Finished somewhat dry & minerally.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with a half-inch head of tan. Enough foam to leave some rings and strings of lacework.
The nose is chock full of RIS goodness. Fudgy chocolate, espresso, cocoa nubs, and black forest cake batter.
A mild resinous hop note is also present.
The mouthfeel is big, chewy, and thick. Creamy and drying.
Dark chocolate, kona roast, charred malt, and fudge batter fill the bill on the pallet nicely.
A slightly green hop note is underlying and barely beats the warming alcohol as it finishes. The alcohol builds a bit, and stops short of being hot. Faintly numbing on the back of the tongue and throat though.
This must be the "year of the big, bad stout", as this monster will help testify.
My only gripe is the lame can. A beer as good as this should be in a wax-sealed 750, ready for a ten-year nap on it’s side.
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ass my dead moms asshole! Strong chocolate and bready malty flavors. This beer is thick and chewy and goes down slow. The high IBU level gives a good hop presence throughout the beer. I almost like it better out of the can, it seem to have a smoother chocolate taste than off tap. Can better than tap, what the fuck? This is dank beer. It is a meal in a glass and good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!!
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours viscous black with thick mocha head- one of the best looking beers I’ve seen. Aroma of nutty yeast, roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, oatmeal, and citrus hops. Flavor contains light roasted bitterness melded with deep, dark chocolate and coffee, oatmeal, and oak. Amazing. Palate is rich and creamy but loses a point for being slightly, and I mean slightly, sticky. Nearly a perfect beer.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From can, thanks imadeadguy! : This thing pours dark as night and thicker then motor oil. Forms a half finger of brown head, that dissapates quickly. Leaves a dirty film on the glass. I love the aroma of this. Roasted malts and chocolate...those two dominate and it is truly wonderful. The taste is equally as great. It is roasty and chocolatey, with some coffee notes toward the end, and a small dose of alcohol. It is much more mellow then some of the other big Impy stouts, and for that i love it. Big thick mouthfeel, and a creamy smooth feel going down. A chocolate aftertaste. This is a real treat here.