BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Brown, clear when held to light, medium tan head with nice retention and lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is grapes, apples, caramel, grains, and coffee - quite fruity. The taste is apple, coffee, grains, roast, and a bit of barely detectable diacetyl. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, too thin at times.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby brown, grape and a bit of green apple to theh aroma. Dusty, charcoal flavors. Quite thin, leading to a question of what is imperial about this? Or it does lead to the question of whether this bottle just didn’t work out and it deserves a re-rate?
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep brown with 1 finger beige head.
Roasty,mild chocolate,hints of malt. A bit too thin. ABV doesn’t show. They need to kick this up a notch in both ABV and body.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a very clear dark brown (ruby red when held up to light) with a light beige head. Light chocolate, light hoppiness in the aroma. Flavor has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, a little dark fruit and some hops. Moderately sweet some roasty bitterness to balance it out. Has some alcohol in the finish. The body is disappointingly on the thinner side. Doesn’t have the heft and viscosity I expected.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Clear red-brown body with small tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, raisin. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, light raisin. Medium body. I guess the alcohol is what makes this an Impy, but this is quite thin for the designation. No idea how this beer is rated so highly.
BeerandBlues2 (8454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with some caramel brown notes near the edges and a small frohty tan head with some lined lacing. Port, raisin, oak and dark chocolate mix to present a fabulous, somewhat vinous aroma to greet the nose and lead the way for the roasted malt and slight smoke finish. Chocolate and hoppy raisin slight alcohol and berry flavor. Dark bodied and full, dry palate.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
light black with a khaki head. coffee and roast aroma. taste is roast with a dry sweetness. lingering chocolate and some bitter lingers. enjoyable with a nice mouthfeel. nice bittersweet chocolate flavor, nice.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque body with a fading head. Typical roasty/grapey porter nose. Taste-very much a porter. Vinous, malty, dark dried fruits, earthy. Nicely done.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small brown head that diminishes to nothing. Scents of yeast and sweet roasted malt dominate the aroma. Flavor is very fresh with a chocolate malt flavor. More sweet toffe/caramel malt than bitterness in the aftertaste but not overdone; pretty well balanced.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, courtesy of Kevin) Pours an oily black body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The flavor complements the aroma nicely. Bittersweet chocolate finish. Thanks Kevin!