lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Crosling. Pours black with decent tan head. Was really looking forward to this beer but I wasnít impressed. Aroma of roast and baking chocolate that is surprisingly bitter. Slightly perceptible flavors of wood, brown sugar and roastiness get over-powered by a big hop character and alcohol. I think this was probably a fresh bottle... perhaps it needs a couple years for the hops to settle down a bit. Maybe Iíll try to obtain another to age for a couple years and rerate.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber courtesy of WeeHeavySD, thanks Jon. very dark pour with a tan edge and a small khaki head, settling to a thin ring of lace. aroma is very chocolatey. flavor is dark chocolate, charred wood and roasted malts. just a bit of a bite on the finish, but still a very enjoyable Impy. Stout. Iím pretty sure this is a fresh bottle, itíd be interesting to sample this at one and two years of age.
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Bomber. The label looks different than the one pictured here. There was no head on this beer at all. Pours very thick, nearly like the Old Viscosity. Aroma has a coffee chocolate note as does the flavor. A good but not great stout.
iowaherkeye (2695) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber, no date--though I have every reason to believe itís an í06 bottle. Pours a deep brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma of bakerís chocolate, chocolate chip cookies (without the chocolate--I know it doesnít make sense), roasted malts, vinous, char, and a bit of wood. Taste is pretty roasty and woody hoppy, aromas mostly the same as the flavors as it winds down to vinuous towards the end. This has quite a bit of alcohol hotness to it--not as bad as Old Viscocity though. Unless you need to age all of their high gravity beers for a year, they arenít doing something right. Dry astringent slightly bitter finish. Full bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
CT V shared by leopold stoch. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate , sweetness, bronw sugar, and roastiness with some hops. Flavor was a little too sweet which prevented the alcohol from coming through. Pretty good overall.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by LeopoldStoch at C-bus tasting 5. Thanks Brandon! Hot and malty aroma comes from a black body with a slight brown head. Full palate. Hot taste with lots of malt and some bittersweet chocolate. Probably needs to age a bit so it can mellow.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Columbus Tasting V.Roasted malt and alcohol in the aroma.Pours black with a tan head.Chocolate and alcohol in the flavor.Full mouthfeel with a sweet finish.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V: Black with almost no head. Aroma, chocolate, some hints of alcohol, roasted malts. Flavor, more roasted malts, and some alcohol, chocolate. Just a bit on the hot side, but still very solid.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Naven for a bottle of this. A very good impy stout. It would probably be really good if I could have been patient enough to let it age and mellow some before drinking it. , but none the less it was a really fine brew that just was hindered a little bit from being so fresh and hot...it kinda distracted from some flavors and other subtleties from standing out. Overall it was still very enjoyable.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2006. Holy Smokes what an intense beer. Pours pithc black with a small head. Very intense aromas of roasted malts cacao. Flavors of toffee, roasted malts, cocoa and a slight smokiness.
Very full mouthfeel with a bitter finish.
Did I mention that this is intense?