erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ebony with hues of scarlet and a brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate and coffee. Nice flavors very similar to the aroma with a bit of anise added to the party. A fair bite of American hops., but a somewhat watery texture that allows the flavors to fade too quickly. Becomes a little cloyingly sweet at the end. Not bad but not great. Middle of the road.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark black with a hint of ruby at the edge. Thick, creamy dark tan head. Refreshing roasty aroma with spruce emanates, very pleasant. Flavor matched closely. This wasn’t a thick, contemplative Impy, this one was meant to throw back and enjoy. I did.
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Pour is black with a deep creamy brown head. The aroma was all roasted chocolate an coffee. The taste was even better than the aroma. Delicious with lots of chocolate flavor. This was a very pleasant suprise and a great introduction to the Smuttynose line. Looking forward to more! 9/4/9/5/18
RERATE: Pitch black pour like motor oil. Thin dark tan web of head. Aroma is lots of coffee and chocolate. Flavor demonstrates a lot of hop character. Very dry flavor. Tongue scraping palate. Lesser than the older one. The hops are not entirely appropriate.
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
damn, a fine brew. pours dark with a thick tan head. smells of coffee and dark chocolate, taste is smooth and rich as to be expected. this is a nice imperial stout. i wish i live in this area of the country, they have damn fine, very under rated beers. a great beer.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. 05.31.04 Pours jet black with a thin, marbly head. Aromas of roasty cocoa, coffee, dried apricot, cherry. Flavors are huge, popping mouthfuls of bitter, roasted goodness. Not even close to sweet. All biting, bitter, harsh, and delicious! Finish is slightly astringent, madly bitter, somewhat violent. Awesome beer! Dangerously drinkable.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice. Black with weak tan head. Chocolate and coffee to the nose. Lighter than most Imperial Stouts but still full of flavor and texture. Flavor was of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Good stuff.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow... this stuff is pretty darn good. Dark black with a cool tan chocolaty head. The nose is roasted malts with some chocolate. THe taset is gentle yet chalky in a good way with lots of chocolate and roasted very much malty. Prety darn good.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black, brown head. hoppy malted milk aroma with roast, chocolate and raisin. flavour starts sweet and chocolatey, but moves to bitter chocolate and coffee and a roasty biiteer finish. very nice.
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black in colour. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, malt, very roasty. Flavour was deeply roasty, lots of malt and hops, creamy, chocolate sweetness. Large body. Finishes with a long lingering bitterness. Very well balanced.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very black in color. Very little head. Aroma of prunes and raisens. Nit as deep and dark of a flavor as I would exspect. Finnish is a little watery.