JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ, this black pour has a nice balance of roasted grain, chocolate and toffee notes.It’s very approachable and tasty.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at the 2009 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. The appearance is a rich flat black. The flavors and aromas are a rich roasted coffee, and well roasted malts, and some hard nut flavors. This was my first non-barrel stout of the day so the complexity of the malt profile really came through for me. Nice brew!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft PP Strong ale fest: Pours black with thin brown head. Dark roasty nose with lots of raisin, melon, chocolate, and port notes..and booze. Roasty, nutty, boozy malt flavors..pretty boozy actually, but somewhat relaxing. Full bodied and big with some dark fruits sneaking in. Not bad.
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 2009. Poured a dark black color with brown head. Aroma was cocoa, and coconut. Taste alcohol, roasted malts, coffee. Pallet smooth and frothy. Overall I thought it was ok. Had the Sierra Nevada yeast taste to it.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PP real Ale festival ’09. Sweet illusion, but maybe dry. Lots of bitterness. Large frothy head. thinner alcoholic body. Lots chocolate.
carl4beer (521) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at naja’s in redondo beach 7-08-09. Was pitch with a small tan head. Aroma was mild of some chocolate and malt. Mouthful was robust and clean. Great balance of roasted malt, cocoa, dried fruit. Finish had a crisp hop to it. Very nice Impy. A nice craft swofing from sn
beersearcher (2297) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer looks absolutely beautiful. Looks like an espresso. Aroma is muted compared to the appearance. Very roasty flavor but not with an alcoholic bite which makes this a very easy beer to drink. To me it is probably not an Imperial version but a wonderful, regular stout.
hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at O’Briens, as well as on cask during the 2009 San Diego Real Ale Festival at Pizza Port Carlsbad. A standout of the festival. Pitch black, oily appearance with a deep toasted head. Pleasant aroma that leans sweet and fruity, mixed with smoke, plum and licorice. Flavor is malty and sweet, with undertones of burnt wood, anise and dark fruits. Mild bitterness and noticeable alcohol content. Hats off to Tom & Tomme for this one.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at O’brien’s. Pours with a black body topped by a thick, light brown head wtih a good amount of lacing. It’s bittersweet with chocolate and roast as well as light coffee notes and a moderate hop character. Full bodied, smooth and dry.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at pizza port. Black with a fizzy brown head. Toasty chocolate and grain aroma. Smooth palate burnt bitter chocolate taste.