nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 Bottle from Regionals, Wellington. Vintage 2008. Bottled shared with Stew & Chris. Pours pitch black with a creamy dark brown head. Looks great in the glass. Roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, caramel, prunes, licorice and a hint of smoke. Smooth mouthfeel and more chocolaty maltiness in the finish. Miles ahead of the bottle I had earlier in the year. This one has great aging potential...will keep a bottle for this very reason.
DuffMan (6669) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2007 vintage. I approached this with modest expectations, and was completely blown away! This beer pours a thick, heavy motor oil black. Initially it appears still, then after a second or two, a dark red-brown head ominously roils its way to the surface and forms a dense crown. It looks perfect. Rich complex aromas and flavours flood the senses: figs, plums, sour cherries, leather, dark bitter chocolate, and pipe tobacco, along with more minor notes of coffee, charred wood, and anise are complimented by a heavy velour mouthfeel and a slightly tart acidity. Absolutely fantastic! Among the best of the impies Iíve had for sheer complexity and character. This isnít just a head-on collision with high alcohol and bitter coffee roast, which tend to form the foundation of many imperial stouts. It is much more than that, and sublimely enjoyable in my opinion! The best kiwi beer that I have yet tried (and that is just shy of 100 at this point).
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle 2008 vintage, courtesy of Roger Pink himself. Pours completely and utter black with a dark head. Prunes and smokey burnt malts on the nose. Taste is treacle, burnt bitter chocolate and malt sweetness. Bitterness is high, but in my opinion spot on. Medium and very appropriate carbonation. A bit of age might mellow this out but to me this is great as it is.
Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 vintage. My wifeís comment: "goodness gracious!. But she picked up smoky, burnt plum flavours, and nail polish on the nose. Lots of bitterness too. Could do with a touch more sweetness to balance the tartness, bitterness, and roast.
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours completely opaque black with a small light brown head. Distinct aroma of tar and salty cordage. Medium-bodied with a low carbonation, burned malts and tar and an underlying tartness. Ends on a burned, malty bitter note. 010209
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle, blindtasting #19. Pours pitch black with a fully gone head. Wineous, hardroasted malty aroma and tar note. Mild acidic and hardroasted malty flavoured. thick and oily. Mild hoppy note to a solid hardroasted malt, smoke and tar. Lovely body.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 2006 Vintage. Good on Mr Pink for cracking out a commercial Impy stout! Pours the blackest black with a really dark tan head that surprised me, looks really inviting! It’s light, fruity and slightly winey on the nose there’s no warning to what is to follow! Enormous flavours of coffee, smoke, chocolate followed by a really bitter finish! great flavours, palate was a surprise i guess it has thinned out a lot! a great beer but i like mine better!
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 2008 batch #1 bottle #37. Pours pitch black, black head! Aromas of burnt malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Flavour is very full. Strong smoky burnt malts, chocolate and prune sweetness off setting the strong roast malt bitterness. Wow, what a stout. Or stowt. Beautifully complex, incredibly strong and robust. A benchmark for imperial stouts.
Jimthechap (1621) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GIVE ME MORE! This beer is a favourite amongst myself and the Denny Cranes. We taste beer regularly and salute the brewing genius that is Roger Pink. This beer is dense, chocolately and the epitomy of what is to be appreciated as the Imperial Russian Stout Style.
Iíd knight you if I could Roger.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 1135. It was with some unnecceessary surprise that I glug glugged this from the bottle. Initiial dark and swampy apprearance with an expreeso crema head. It has an oily nose and port like presence. The mouthfeel is beeeeeg with some degree of tang that detracts from the fullness of body, I guess you could say it is somewhat trunkated. There is evidence of the plum pudding flavours that pachyderm a collective punch. Another elephant to lie down for a while but never forget.