MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample Hotshots Feb Indy tasting - Aroma is dry and full of oats, black licorice, dark roasted coffee and burnt chocolate malt. Pours black with a medium brown head and great lacing. Flavor is stronger than aroma. Lots of chocolate, dry oatmeal, alcohol and a hint of dark fruits. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but not really any hop flavor per se. Palate is dry and ashy. Another winner from Oskar Blues.
LinusStick (2870) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice Impy but not as good as I was expecting. Aroma was nice huge. Nice dark chocolate and coffee. Pour was a deep black with no head. Taste was good. Strong coffee and chocolate taste with a nice bitter roasted malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel was a little thin for an impy, though it hides the alky perfectly. Delicious and drinkable impy.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
OK I was hoping this was going to be my first five beer ( I was giving it a .6 boost because the packaging is just cool)I just cant be loving this with its harsh bitter flavor,The pour was perfect exactly as pictured thick creamy head that a quarter will float on, aromas of dark chocolate , roast malts yes cocoa but this is where I get off the commercial description, the flavor is very bitter burnt and acrid I was hoping for some residual sweetness too balance some of this black malt bitterness, I didnt find any but I will rerate as soon as Arctic Liquors starts stocking this! Iím never going to pass up a RIS in a can but this one was a little dissapointing
ABUSEDGOAT (2413) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, moderate tan head with decent lacing and retention. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roast, moderate hops, some darker fruit notes. Chocolate character really shines. Medium to full body, light alcohol in the finish. Enjoyable, but it still didnít come off as a 4.1+ impy stout.
barleycorn1 (10) - Catonsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Popped a can of this open and it splooged all over my jiffy lube uniform. Whatís another black stain anyway? Poured in to tulip glass. teakwood head....looks like oil, but hey itís a stout...malty...chocco...beans...hidden beneath is a behemouth alcoholic grizzly bear ready to shred open your tent and feast...this beer is a man eater...
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can with Chuck from TJ Sheehanís. Dark oil like pour with nice khaki head. Aroma full of roated malts, coffee & chocolate. Slight burn along with coffe & bittersweet choclate. Very nice beer & looking for more
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can @ Ølbaren. Pours a very nice pitch black colour with a dark brown long lasting creamy head. Roasty sweet chocolate and coffee aroma. Great mouthfeel. The flavour has a nice roasty maltiness, dark chocolate, some dark fruits, coffee and a bit of alcohol. Lovely roasty chocolate finish. "This dogíll hunt"...ya it sure does.
Naka (707) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared w/ exec board courtesy of foureyedgeek. Black with a really dark brown head. Looks like a Hershey bar on top of the beer. Strong roasted nose. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of cinnamon. Dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, some coffee and burning flavor. Definitely beyond Arabica roast. Mouthfeel like used motor oil.
Funknmilla (692) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2010 12 oz can....pours black with a dark brown sugar head....dark roasted malt singed to perfection....coffee and chocolate permeate the senses...lacing sticks to the receptacle in an animal print design (leopard-like)....creamy full body...dark chocolate...dark cocoa, bitter flavors as I taste a shot of espresso....a silkiness to this creation I like it a lot...:)))).......Its even creamier in 2010!!
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like used engine oil, thick, & black. Very slight tan head didnt last long. Aroma is of faint burnt coffee & chocolate. The flavor is rich, big and lucious. Alcohol is high but isnt overwhelming present in the taste. Huge mouth feel, nice viscosity. Really nice Imp. Stout. Not the best by any stretch.