muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits in Halifax, NS (May 2007) drunk around cellar temperature from a Maudite glass. Bottled 3rd week of April, I assume 2007. Inky and completely opaque, with a bit under a centimeter of dark tan head that settles quickly into a lasting dollop of cream, leaving sheets of lacing as the liquid drops....fairly mild aroma, itís got the goods (coffee, chocolate, perhaps some grape and a hint of rosemary) but isnít expressive enough until it warms signifantly....very smooth, middle-of-the-road character on the tongue, enough bitter/burnt character at the finish and enough richness in the espresso-chocolate flavors to let you know what youíre drinking, but just not enough potency in any direction for greatness; not really bitter, not really sweet, not really sweet, not really grapy, not really alcoholic, not really exciting....somewhat strong carbonation and a fairly dull, rather cardboardy finish; like all of Propellerís beers, reasonably well made and like most, just nothing to write home about or worry that you canít get outside of Halifax.
Boutip (5581) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter chocolate and subtle coffee is interesting but a tad weak. Taste of light bitter chocolate and coffee is more subtle then expected with some medium roasted malt. Body is oily and even a bit watery; I was expecting a fuller body as well as more of a creamy texture. Overall, while this is an interesting IS I thought it lack some complexity and the body was a bit too watery. I wonder if a got a bad bottle considering the high rating that this beer received or maybe I donít appreciate the style as much as others.
jason (1813) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to OKBeer for sending me this one. Pours a lighter black body with thin head, nice look. Aroma is of weak chocolate, roasted malt, slightly sour. Flavor is a sugary bitter blend of milk chocolate and malt, light hops. Light mouthfeel.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a medium-sized frothy mocha head receding to a lasting ring. Very pleasant aroma consisting of dark fruits - raisin, grapes, cheesy yeast, molasses, and caramel. Very rich chocolately flavour. Medium to full body. Some toffee wafer flavours in the middle and roast malt bitterness. Finishes oily and bitter.
An excellent Imperial Stout.
piscator34 (2261) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of stewed fruit, some caramel malt, licorice, and a bit of milk chocolate. Flavors of plum, raisin, more stewed fruit, and a bit of roasted malt. Medium bodied with a bit of a short finish. Some similarities between this and Samuel Smithís Impy. Too many fruity esters for me, and not really enough hops or roasted malt. Still, itís a not a bad attempt at the style, and itís nice to see a Canadian brewery give it a go.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, Jerc, and GregClow, courtesy of Jerc. Black, nice chocolaty brown head. Interesting aroma - oily, coffee, sweet - too bad it is mild. Really really good taste - roast, bitter, oily. Lovely roast linger. Huge flavour. Good stuff, certainly one of the best Canadian Impyís that I have had.
blankboy (7051) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 bottles shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of jerc. Pours a very dark brown with an average size diminishing creamy light-brown head. Very nice aroma of roasted caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavour of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, coffee and some alcohol. Medium bodied. This is really good!
Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black core, coffee head. Molasses, caramel, roast barley aroma. Alcohol, sweet coffee/chocolate malt. Chewey. Very true to style, and not for the faint of heart. Bieropholie/MacAuslan blend? Or did OKBeer already say that? Needs a new label.
brufrog (15) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very Good example of the style
Chocolate, fruit in nose, bitter chocolate on The palate, with a touch of coffee
Very Dry, full body that holds alcohol well
Well balanced. Good stuff!
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Okbeer straight from Halifax. The pours out an excellent color and head for the style. Exceptional looking impy stout. Aroma is mostly muted coffee. Didnít get much else, other than a fruity like smell?? Has a nice solid mouthfeel- lively roasted malts with some other sweet tastes- amost like smores -chocolate and marshmellows. Hops are there but in a supporting role. The roast in the malts shows up more on the finish. Thereís still some sort of fruity flavour Iím picking up that I canít place.
Its great to see a Canadian brewery taking a stab at this style of beer- so big kudos to this east coast brewery. A very enjoyable impy stout and it would be nice to see more canadian takes on this great style of beer.