Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at O’brien’s...it pours with a black body topped by a thick, creamy head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a nice creamy note and lots of roasted coffee notes. Very nice. Full bodied, smooth and a touch warming.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black with an oily tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate and roasted malt. Smooth and comforting on the mouth as the coffee and chocolate move into a nice woody and toasty flavour. NIce bitter-sweet chocolate finish.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap in Carlsbad (non-cask version): Lots of roast and black patent in the aroma; heavy chocolate and coffee notes; ample, bitter roasty finish; some earthy hops and woody notes; viscous body. Good, I should have had the cask version too.
Ernest (6353) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught, Avery Strong Ale Fest 2006.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (burnt grain, chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with notes of alcohol and wood.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Hwarrrrf. A harsh Old Rasputin-like brew that was neither a joy to smell nor drink.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer appeared to be an opaque, dark brown-black color with a small, creay, off-white head. The aroma was heavily malty with notes of roasted grain and coffee, light notes of chocolate; hoppy with heavy notes (for Stout) of herbs, resin/pine and grapefruit; lightly yeasty with notes of basement, dough and sweat; moderate miscellaneous note of green olive. The flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter with a long, lightly bittersweet finish. The body was medium-to-full, the texture was velvety and the carbonation was soft.
Aubrey (3452) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep and dark brown-black with a dark tan head. Chewy texture. Rich, very chocolaty, and nicely roasted. Had a "Belgian-yeasty" quality to it that I really liked. Curiously drying in the finish. Very tasty impy.
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a nearly opaque reddish black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a hint of licorice. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled sample shared by Eric at Steves place a while ago. Luckily I found my notes for this one. I got the bottom of the bottle, so there were lots of yeasties floating around, but it was still magnificent. Deep dark black and a thin tan head and nice lace. Lots of roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and a nice sweet aroma. Very thick and sweet taste with chocolate, toffee, lots of roasted barley and balanced very well with hops, and leaves a nice clean bitter finish. Very smooth overall.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour oily, inky, opaque black into a Stone RIS snifter. Ampel brown head, mostly lasting, left good lacing. Kick ass American hop aroma blended with roast, dark chocolate and espresso. The aroma carry over to the flavor along with dried dark fruit and an eye opening bitterness. Oily slick and a touch chewy. This one reminds me a lot of Yeti, but absolutly is it own beer. Thanks for sharing Mike.
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Enjoyed with tjthresh; served in a Expedition snifter:
The pour was basically opaque with a small but lasting beige head and some oily film that has a sticky lace.
The nose detected a fresh hops, pepper, and clove tone backed by lots of chocolate and burnt malts with some prune and plum background. A light phenolic vapor and even some earthy almost woody esters.
The flavor was an outstanding mix of heavy sweet malts and bitter fruity hops with a licorice and coffee snap in full supporting roles. The finish is bitter for sure but a nice dulling smoke and spice undertone kept it under control, outstanding balance and complexity!
The palate was oily and lush yet never overbearing or alcoholic. So smooth for something so large, nice job!
This rocks, an underrated Impy, who knew!