IrishBoy (3689) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from Garthicus, Thanks Al! Nose of coffee, licorice, chocolate, and a light hoppy note; Black as hell with a small tan head; flavor is coffee, chocolate, light hop bitterness, and a molasses note. Finish is chocolate and light hop bitterness. Compares well to a lot of America Impys but with more of an Irish Guinness-like molassesy note.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Color is opaque thin than head. Aroma is light licorice, tobacco, light alcohol, dark chocolate. Taste is somewhat alcohol, with warming, very dark chocolate, light espresso, not a whole lot of depth in it to cover of the alcohol efficiently.
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with tiny head. Nice burned aroma with coffe, chocolate, liquerice and burned rubber. Good burned flavor but unbalenced with perfurmed and bitter finish.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample provided by garthicus. Dark brown body with a small tan head. The nose is molasses, chocolate, roast and grapes. The flavor is moderately sweet with caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses and plums. Medium/full body is very soft with light carbonation and a warm finish.
FatPhil (8114) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle (Porterhouse, Dublin)
Thick black, tight bready head. Sweet dark fruit - plums and cherry - aroma, coffee and malts too. Sticky burnt taste - coffee and treacle. Some bitterness too - good complex mix, very well balanced. Quite subtle for a 10%.
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Porterhouse, Covent Garden. Black with beige head, aroma is coffee / dark fruits. Taste is sweet / coffee / chocolate / smokey. Alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this a pretty dangerous Imp Stout.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, tan creamy head. Nose held complex notes of dark dried fruits that lay on soft waves of orangey butterscotch, and touches of roasted coffee and licorice. More dried fruit flavors and hints of orange zest balance on soft molasses and coffee tones. Just a hint of hoppy bitterness late pulls this together. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Glad to have tried this. Thanks for sharing, Garthicus.
3fourths (7533) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with deep red hues at the edges. Very clear, though very dark, so I’m not sure if it’s filtered or not. Peppery, slightly oxidized, old battery nose, yes it smells a little bit like old batteries, with a metallic twang up the nose and all, it’s a little hot in the nose as well, with some liquer-like chocolate and cherry and sweet bourbon, along with a dark fruit note. Rich texture, not exactly full, but rich and resinous, oily perhaps, with a bigger dose of green apple than it should have, but primarily tasting like a chocolate liquer, lightly spicy, and again a little too boozy with a lack of body. Call me the odd man out, or maybe I was just really drunk at the time. But I drank this nearly along side the Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 5 and this one came up short. Still need to send a huge thanks to garthicus for bringing it over from Ireland for us to try.
argo0 (11123) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(50cl bottle, thanks garthicus) Small beige head atop clear red-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast/coffee, fig. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some smoke, plum. Creamy medium-full body.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, courtesy of garthicus. Thanks, Al! Pours a dark brown color; medium tan head with large-bubbled retention. Dense caramel, nougat, and viscous dried fruits in the aroma; some licorice. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tons of licorice and charred malts; on the sweet side, with dark chocolate and caramel filling out the palate; very drinkable, with well-hidden alcohol. Lengthy, dark chocolate and licorice finish. The licorice note throughout is really quite nice.