glennmastrange (2145) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of toasted, molasses, dark chocolate and strong coffee, light earth and herbs for the hops, moderate yeast smells of earth, with raisin, vanilla and alcohol in the background. The head is large, cascading after the pour, creamy/frothy, light brown, with excellent lacing and is fully lasting. Color is black. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, and lightly acidic and heavily bitter in the long finish. Palate is medium to full, creamy and has a lively carbonation. It finishes a bit chalky, lightly astringent and dry. Lots of deep flavors and aromas make this a very good choice when in the Halifax region.
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured clear deep brown with a bit too tall of a tan cap for head. The aroma was on the sweeter side, with toasted caramel paired with burnt cocoa.. with warmth, molasses oozed through right in the back of the nose.. nothing extravagant, groundbreaking, or stand-out, but it was certainly pleasant. The flavor was a touch sour throughout, leading me to believe that this was just slightly past its prime.. sweeter, roasted chocolates join singed molasses and airy coffee bitterness on the middle.. sweeter finish with drawn caramel and baker’s chocolate. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate (wish it had a bit more).. decent balance, but a light hint of sourness took away from the final impression a little. Overall a solid beer that I’d gladly try again.
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 341 ml
Appearance: dark brown into black , smallish creamy top 4-
Nose : Roasty , slightly acidic , creamy backing with some of mocha in the end . Seemed a bit flat overall.
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied , soft in style . Felt lighter than numbers suggest . Well presented roast feel , clean perhaps to smooth. Quiet muted for Imperial Stout. Revolution? Quiet opposite.
tomthompson89 (1864) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice dark pour almost oily. nose is licorice, coffee, molasses, and a little alcohol. flavor is nice dark roasted malts, choc, alcohol and coffee, dry finish, well balanced
BeerandBlues2 (9094) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz bottle received via trade with porterhouse. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, dark brown head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, toffee), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune, date, and smoke. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity.
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from porterhouse and served in Expedition IRS snifter: Pitch black with a fading head but a nice oily film. The aroma has notes of massive non-aromatic pipe tobacco and charred malt, star anise, black strap molasses, city roast plus coffee, pepper and a hint of grassy vapours. Slight phenolic action kept the aroma from being a 10.
The taste has aggressive burnt , hop and coffee-like bitterness over a layer of chocolate and sugars. Fruity and molasses twang before the slight spice and herbal finish. The mouth feel is a surprise, very much thinner than one would expect and after it sits in the glass for a while it come off almost flat. Very good nose and solid flavor but that palate just does not match up. Fix that and we have a winner here.
Gethinbeer (2070) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 From bottle. Sweet liquorice aroma. Pours a black syrup. Looses its head very quickly. Liquorice, coffee, slightly roasted chocolate malt in the flavour. Tangy finish. Overall, very good and right on my doorstep.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(341 ml bottle (produced in week 3, April ’07) from the brewery, cellared for 8 mos. after purchase) Pours very, very dark tobacco brown with a small brown head that retreats mostly to edges. Aroma is dominated by molasses along with notes of chocolate, raisins and port. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium-full, maybe a touch thin for an IS. No real lacing, just some dabs here and there. Flavor is quite chocolatey, esp. at first. Dark chocolate along with molasses and coffee. Portiness not really present in flavor. More molasses as it warms. Alcohol well-hidden. Grassiness present in finish on several quaffs, otherwise this is a pretty fine IS showing a bit of complexity.
GregClow (2814) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with jerc & mabel - their bottle. Deep, deep brown (almost black) with a wispy tan head. Big, malty aroma with notes of molasses, dark fruit and toffee. Body is lighter than I expected, but still decent. Flavour is warm and sweet, not too big, with lots of roast and coffee, and a moderately bitter finish. Drinks more like an oatmeal stout than an impy, which is pretty impressive for an 8%er. Nice!
CapFlu (4363) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours an oily opaque body with a thin brown, foamy head. Nose is heavily malted soya sauce. Flav our is slick with oily soya, roasted malt and minor cold coffee grounds. Very well balanced and nicely brewed.