RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Pours dark brown with a thick one finger head. Aroma of chocolate, oat, toffee, and hops. Huge bitterness. Flavor inititally of dark chocolate, but the hops quickly present, and the finish is seriously bitter. Great mouth feel. A really good, huge Imperial Stout. Note: I had a second tasting on 3/27 and let it breathe for a while (15-20 minutes). The bitterness still lasts, but all that chocolatey, malty goodness presented right up front and went along for the ride. My rating is a combination of the two, but I would have given this last tasting a 4.4.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick black appearance with minimal dark brown head, hardly any lacing going on. Smells like roasted barley, espresso, dark chocolate and notes of vanilla and marzipan. Tastes of marzipan, marshmallow, roasted barley, bitter cocoa and a bit of raisin. Pretty hop-assertive and leaves a dry, lingering finish. Full, rich body, but a bit stingy carbonation. Nice Impy Stout. Overrated.
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 (2954) - 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! I’m never going to pass up a RIS in a can but this one was a little dissapointing
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - 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 didn’t 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. What’s another black stain anyway? Poured in to tulip glass. teakwood head....looks like oil, but hey it’s 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 (6701) - 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 Sheehan’s. 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 (10285) - 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 dog’ll hunt"...ya it sure does.
Naka (714) - 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.