Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with a thick tan head. Aroma is very sweet, like fermented dark fruits with some chocolate. Flavor is the same but with a sour finish. Body is a little thin and the carbonation is low.
radiomgb (2372) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in colour, ruby edges, tan coloured head, average retention, some light lacing. The aroma shows signs of alcohol, quite sweet, liquorice, coffee grinds, medium roast, some chocolate. The flavour is dominated with sweetness, dark chocolate, coffee, small roast. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes sweet, lingering, lightly roasty. Too sweet, a light Imperial Stout.
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>vyvvy, thanks John.
Opened on June 22, 2007.
Bottled on March 8, 2007
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a real dark brown with a rich mocha head. Nice roasty chocolate aroma. Not as thick as it looked but a good dark chocolate taste, coffee, and for some reason I am getting blueberry towards the finish. Pretty good.
alexsdad06 (5877) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a 12 oz. bottle @ DLD 4/28/07. Pours an extremely dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate, but its not very strong. The flavor is roasted malt with some chocolate and a touch of coffee. Dry finish, medium body. Nicely balanced, more like a dry stout than an imperial IMO.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
mymrnngjckt hooked me up with this through a trade and its stellar. Iím loving this NEPA club. The aroma has some hoppy bitterness, sweet chocolate and some maltiness. The flavor is full but this isnít hoppy enough to be an imperial IMHO. This is more the Extra Stout that I associate with Guinness yet much tastier. Its got that dry quality BBB mentioned. There is a bit of a butter caramel flavor with chocolate covered hazelnuts and barley grains thrown in. There is some smoke in the finish. Its a bit unbalanced as far as the taste but enjoyable nonetheless because of it richness.
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown body with a creamy whitish head. The aroma has some sweet vanilla, chocolate, and mild roast. Moderately oily body. Toffee, roast, and chocolate start out in the flavour and there are also some hints of vanilla. Kind of surpising that itís classified as an Imperial but still, it was pretty decent.
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown pour with an almost yellow head. A light malty aroma with a hint of sour to it. A flavor of slightly sweet malt with a medium bitter finish. A very thin palate an a bit fizzy for me. Just a little bland for me and fizzy. Not terrible but just short.
dmac (4206) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle thanks to vyvvy. Poured deep dark brown with a foamy white head. Aroma had a slight metallic note and was mostly roasted/burnt malts. Flavor was mostly malts and slightly bitter. I agree with BBB63 that this seems way more like a dry stout than an impy stout.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. color is dark muddy brown with red highlights shinning through. pours with almost four fingers of rocky light tan head. aroma consists mainly of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee with a slight pleasant fruitiness. strong roasted and robust flavor with plenty of bitter chocolate and a great black coffee aftertaste. perhaps a bit watery but the mouthfeel is good and drink ability is high when cold as it warms it becomes more sticky and assertive. good stuff
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this at DL day: Deep brown with some reddish highlights, small ring of tan foam. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and oats. The taste has malty overtone with coffee bitterness, mocha and vanilla notes and a dusty yeasty finish. The mouth feel is smooth and refreshing, a tad thin for the style but makes it very approachable. A good beer but more akin to a big dry stout than an Impy.