Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with thick dark espresso head that thins to nothing. Intense roasted dark chocolate alcohol espresso aroma. Like drinking an intense bitter roasted bittersweet chocolate espresso alcohol milkshake. Intense bittersweet after-taste leaves you longing for the next sip but almost too bitter. Makes you want to drink a tonne of water afterwards as all moisture in your mouth evaporates away. When I saw the can for the first time, I thought you have to be kidding, looks like a soda pop can, after my first sip I knew they werenít kidding, wow, this is up there with the big boys.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Motor oil consistency, a thick black body with a brown head. Chocolate, oats, some coffee accents in the aroma. Taste is similar, with a nice dark chocolate bitterness. Smooth in the mouth, great ending.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can! pours a thick, syrupy, jet black with a 1in. dark brown head that sticks nicely to the glass. aroma is stellar with chocolate, roasted coffee, sweet oatmeal, and a little bit of caramel. flavor is outstanding (canít believe this comes from a can). starts off with hints of hops, dark chocolate, and slowly turns to bitter coffee, more oats and a bit of warmth. nicely complex with a great lasting finish. mouthfeel was extremely smooth. highly drinkable for such a thick imp stout. one of the best out there.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
can. Dark aromas, tar, huge roasty nose with sweet vanilla. Pours black with a thin tan head. Dark malt flavors, licoricce, roasted coffee, dark chocolate with hints of vanilla. A very smooth imp stout!
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can picked up at By the Bottle here in the íCouve. Black,like 5,000 mile old oil. Tan head that never makes more than a cm or 2 of showing.
Lots of nice aromas coming from my glass. Malt, roast, chocolate, all the Imperial Stout smells checked off the list.
Really sweet beer, nicely held down with the hops and roast flavors keeping it from getting too chocolaty. Smooth to drink, just a bit of heat in the aftertaste belying itís 9.4% ABV. Really Good Beer.
Best Motor Oil Iíve had in a while. Beats the hell out of Mowing the lawn this afternoon...thanks rain.
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Can courtesy of theBeerCellar. Thanks Matt! Pitch black pour w/ medium brown head. Moderate lacing. Mocha aroma with something that seemed a bit off. Bitter, creamy and mocha taste. Despite the thick look, this seemed a bit bland and watery. Seems overrated, but Iíll rerate with another can. 6/3/7/3/13/3.2
Second can from Beer Run in Charlottesville is better than the first. Creamier in texture, not as watery. More flavorful, bigger head. Still a bit off balance. 7/4/7/3/14/3.5
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can, of course. Jet black, brown at edges, deep tan going to brown head. Aroma of espresso. Flavor is a rich load of coffee goodness, a hint of chocolate, just loads of roasted notes. Spruce on the finish. Nice bitterness keeps lingering. Well done, just a touch hot. Awesome that these guys keep pumping out such high quality.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz can this beer poured thick black and oily with a large incredibly dark brown head. The aroma was a lovely mix of sweet roasty malts, sweet chocolate and light floral and fruity hops. The flavor was tangy, fruity and roasty with a strong creamy chocolate presence and a hint of coffee and floral hop. The finish was long and roasty. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Exceptional.
Chantdaddy (19) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
...sex in a can. This beer is nearly as good as a good romp in the hay. This is the blackest beer Iíve ever had, bar none. This is one of the most viscous beers Iíve ever had as well... thick, nearly syrupy. To say this stout is a malt bomb would be an understatement... they claim thereís 98 IBUís in there, but I donít taste that...the hops are there, but they are definately smoothed over with all of the malt. This brew smacks you in the face with each flavor it offers... malt, chocolate, roasted barley, oats... somehow all of the flavors are absolutely obvious, yet they all meld together very well.
Easily my favorite new stout for 2008.
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can at home. Pours in midnight black and produces a nice dark choclate head. The aroma is complex fruity and sweet with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and espresso. The flavor is immense. It is a breathtaking combination of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts toffee and many other flavors. Each sip reveals more and more of this beers complex character. Really opened up as it got warmer. The finish is rich and smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. This beer is EPIC. A must try for any beer lover. An excellent example of the style.