rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Beers of the World. black body, tan head. Nose is grapey with cocoa, toffee, caramel, green apple and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, acrid burnt malt, red wine, alcohol, dry cocoa. Bitterness, burnt malt & very dark toffee in the finish.
Cybercat (3268) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a solid near-black with a thick, frothy, rather persistent light tan head. Aroma is smoky with tones of toffee, molasses and coffee. Thick, rich flavor has unsweet chocolate, toffee and nutty components as well as hints of quality coffee and molasses with just a whisper of sweetness. Edgy, fizzy texture leaves behind a nice strong and rather persistent tingle.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a opaque, burnt brown with a very thin, dark beige film for a head. Aroma was interesting: sweet, fruit (maybe pomegranate?), tea, roasted barley, mild tart, faint booze. Taste: Roasted malts, sweet, fruit (maybe pomegranate), notes of tea. Long finish of roasted barley & malts, fresh fruits - all with a mild bitterness. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Overall a good beer: some depth, nice balance - not really what I would call a IRS… more of good Porter.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a sweet caramel nose with a touch of plum and raisin fruitiness along with some roast and dark chocolate. Starts with average fullness for the style and some sugary dark caramel sweetness with a hint of dark fruity complexity before a mild bittering hop presence and a dark chocolate finish. Could be a little fuller and more complex, but still an enjoyable and fairly drinkable brew.
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured black with a small head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering bitter aftertaste.
fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nearly black, ruddy brown with a 1 finger chunky beige head that has good retention. Aroma is roast, dark fruit, ferment, raw walnuts, a touch of pine and chocolate. Flavor is roast, very sweet malt, dark fruit, and light nutty notes. Palate is medium bodied a little oily and moderately carbonated. Way sweet and somewhat lacking in complexity for an impy stout, but not bad.
Ron (2491) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Why am I drinking a Imperial Stout on a hot summer day? I am sitting in a cool air conditioned house reminding me of those cold winter nights when I really appreciated a nice stout. This one pours dark brown with thin tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor mainly of dark fruits and malt. Small amount of chocolate. Thin as Imperials go, but decent.
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is dissapointing. Very weak with just a small amount of the roasted malt. Flavor is a little better. A decent helping of chocolate with a minor helping of coffee and roasted malt at the end. This is very weak for the style on the other hand this could be an Impy stout for beginners looking to slowly get into the style.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers of the World. Not sure why I picked this one up but whatever. Pours an opaque black body with a thin light brown head. No lacing. Aroma is really funky medicinal notes, with some background of caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee malts and booze. Flavor is pretty nice sweet caramel with a slight background of that typical IS roasted bitterness. Medium to thin bodied. Some alcohol, somewhat cloying. Solid beer, mediocre imperial stout.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Thanks to Blue Lou for this confusing yet enjoyable stout. Amber brown in color, filmy tan head and spots of lace. Aroma of anise, noble hops, maple syrup, and faint chocolate. Medium bodied, roasty and bitter. Black licorice, buttered toast and noble hops are there as well. Thin and on the sweet side, almost seems like a heavy bock beer, still a decent drink."