mtdewa1 (183) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Dark pour, thick tan head. Hints of chocolate clove and banana. Smooth aftertaste. Little bite, good beer.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Vi/Ken. Pours a deep amber mahogany body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is dominated by spice - mostly cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of cinnamon, roasted chocolate malt, and lots of estery Belgian yeast character. Not a fan of this one.
Welley_Alves (207) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ótima Imperial Russian Stout americana envelhecida em barris de Carvalho. Cor negra, com espuma bem formada e escura. No nariz, sente-se o malte torrado, bem como o enriquecimento no Carvalho. Desce com bom corpo, com amargor proveniente tanto dos lúpulos americanos como do malte torrado, bem equilibrado. Notas de chocolate e cafe amargo. Final com álcool bem inserido. Ótima breja!
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1guywith_aboat (91) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch Black with brown around the edges. Small tan head. Spicy aroma of burnt wood. Very roasted. Taste is very robust and a little spice and wood come through on the finish. Its good.
Braudog (5356) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark of course. The head is a bit thin for the style, loose bubbles of tan foam. The aroma is rife with ripe, dark fruit. This drinks with a quite sweet front, enough that it borders on sour. Licorice, raisin, and maybe a bit of thin coffee is here. I don’t get any "roasted chocolate" at all, nor is this anywhere as robust as I’d expect from the description. But the 9% isn’t at all evident, either. (#5087, 6/30/2013)
brenn79 (1332) - Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. bottle, aged for approximately 9 months- Pours black with red highlights and a one finger light tan head that slowly reduces. Aroma is more sour ale than it is stout, very funky and slightly tart, dark fruits such as cherries and raisins. The taste is very Belgian inspired, not your typical heavy chocolate and coffee Impy, this has complexity, dark fruits, subtle tartness, oak barrel, a little buggy (which is a good thing), honestly much better than I was expecting. Body is medium and carbonation is medium high. Enjoyed this one, Is it Sam Adams haters the reason for not higher scores?
cstuartj (853) - Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice dark color with hints of red, thin weak head. Pleasant nose. Nice easy Belgian taste, a bit overly bubbly. Good drink.
chinchill (1013) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in glass with only a touch of brown at the edges in bright light, but a thin layer is a deep reddish brown. The head is well proportioned, creamy dark tan in color, and has excellent retention with decent lacing.
Aroma: complex, fruity and spicy with some sweet malt evident too. Lots of raisins.
The rich and complex flavor reflects some toasted malts with coffee and a variety of spices. Hints of dark fruits and chocolate.
Full body with ample soft carbonation. Near perfect!
O: This cross-over ale serves as an excellent American version of a Belgian dark strong ale. Good even by that high standard although much of the spiciness comes from spices rather than the yeast.
AGGarcia44 (15) - - JUN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark fruit and chocolate dominate aroma and flavor, lacking roasted character. Candi sugar sweetness .Slight sour pucker bite. Light brown head, low retention. Very slight clarity which brings a deep amber hue to the very dark brown color. Medium body.
bubbleflubber (1638) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the 1st annual Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting 2013, this pours black with a huge tan head. The nose has some esters and active yeast fungi, very attractive. The flavors have dark fruits, esters, raisins, sours and finishes with a sour cherry. The body is medium and the mouthfeel somewhat active. Drinks ok, but an interesting take on the Impy Stout genre by introducing the Belgian yeast cultures. Almost more of a sour/wild, as I either miss out on the roasted notes, or the yeast is just too consuming for the marriage.