17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay three strikes and you’re out so lets see what happens here... Fantastic pour, obsidian like, large thick frothy cascading tan head. Corse roasted, slightly burnt, malt aroma with noticeable alcohol, notes of varnish, touch of raisins and a bit grassy, maybe some soy. Well, I suppose this is the least evil of the three releases, but still non entirely inoffensive. Floral and fruity first taste over creamy dark chocolate, sour bread, caramel, light anise/herbs, and just a touch of the alcohol is defused. As with the other two brews the finish is really the weak point where the beer starts to fall apart. Odd grainy anise/licorice aftertaste. Body is medium-full, oily and dull, can feel the alcohol on the tongue and the back of the mouth, the carbonation is quite nice, fine and sparkly but disappears way too fast. Leaves a viscous syrupy feeling in the mouth.
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of aroma which is nice. Grapey flavor, roastiness too. Bit harsh plate though. Not that smooth. To much alcohol flavor too. Not bad but there are far better imp stouts to choose from. Hmmm, now WTF am I gonna do w/ these other 3 bottles????????
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a nice deep black color with tan head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee anc chocolate. Taste similar with more chocolatly character.
Headbanger (3803) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 3/19/09 (Sam’s Wines & Spirits)-Pours a pitch black body with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and soy. Taste begins with coffee, roasted malt, and slight anise. These flavors last throughout and it finishes with a nice dryness. Not too bad if only all their beers were this good.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a decent size head. Milk chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Solid flavor, drinkable.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is nearly black with a light brown, fairly small, creamy, fizzy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves some nice lace. Nose is roasted grains, faint coffee beans, milk chocolate, and hints at molasses and anise. Straight forward flavors of milk chocoalate, lightly roasted coffee, anise, light burnt toast notes, and faint currant. Palate is fair for the style, medium to full, nearly lively, and oily/ silky in texture. Finishes fairly long and sweet with milk chocolate, anise, and hints at the currant notes. A fairly unimaginative Imp with not a lot of complexity and the balance towards the sweetness. Not really much hop bitterness to speak of and not enough coffee notes to add some bitterness. Overall it is like an imperial milk stout with the standard SA mediocrity found in most of their beers.
mitch1261 (13) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a creamy dark color with dark brown head. The Aroma had a hint of chocolate and expresso. It was a lot of malt along with chocolate and coffee in the flavor. It was very good beer for the price.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a very healthy, thick, deep brown with a relatively short-lived cap of tan head. The aroma picked up well-roasted molasses, soy, and coffee with brighter herbal and subtle sprucey hoppage around. The flavor was similar with dark chocolate, coffee, and anise at the core and brighter bitterness at the edges.. some earth, coffee, and smokey notes surrounded.. finished warm and malty with fine smoke accents. Medium-bodied, drier, and a little grainy throughout with good balance between the sweetness and hoppage.. warmed up the belly on the finish, leaving a memorable impression. For the price, this is going to be hard to beat.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - Pours an opaque black color with small fairly dark brown head. Aroma is mildly roasty, fairly smokey, notes of anise, roasted coffee, toasted caramel, subtle burbon, vanilla bean. Flavor is fairly malty, roasty, faintly smokey, notes of caramel and charred oak. Finish is balanced. Overall this is pretty decent. Not the best impy stout ever, but still not bad at all.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Viscous dark pour and a thick cascading beige head. Drippy lace. Roast, metal, and coffee on the nose. Chalk, chocolate, and heavy roast flavor. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer