sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beatiful thick, deep tan head that lingers and lace that clings to the side. Pours like motor oil. Nice roasty, bitter chocolate mocha nose. Thick viscous liquid in your mouth, nice bittering upfront , than mouthfuls of chocolate and toasty marshmellows Alcohol is well hidden and finish lingers for a minute.
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled from a growler. Thin dark brown head of fine bubbles. Soft slightly sweet aroma with fresh cut grass, pumpkin innards and a little smoke. Quite strange actually. Black in color with maybe a hint of red along the edges. Very fresh taste. Smokey, big roasted grains, charcoal and dark coffee are all present. Dry and very smooth palate. Maybe some fruit in there also. Bitter roasty finish. Great stuff but I not your typical Impy.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 bomber courtesy of Noah (htsprint1). Enjoyed on the evening of Edward’s (brooklynboy) surprise tasting alongside 25 other highly rated stouts. Onto the beer: This epitomizes all that an imperial stout should be, an exemplar of the East Coast style. Notes of barrel agedness come across on the nose and palate, and a hint of tobacco as well. Clove, Italian roast coffee, and a rich mouthfeel make this an incredible experience. Wonderful, and a big thanks to Noah.
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 2005 bomber. Pours a motor oil black color with an immense brownish beige head. Aroma is of roasted coffee, malt,dark chocolate,prunes and smoke. Flavor is rich dark chocolate,roasted coffee,cocoa, and liquid smoke. Excellent taste and flavor for this hard to find gem.
On draft at the Southampton Publick House. Pours a pitch black with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and oats. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and smoke. Leaves a charcoal aftertaste. Excellent !!
SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle 2005
A nice head of light brown comes from this one as it’s poured. Opaque black body.
Roast malt, coffee and dark chocolate aroma.
Smooth and rich mouth feel deliver a well balanced brew that coats the tongue. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced and it hides it’s alcohol completely.
argo0 (12937) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, vintage 2005, thanks Barry) Medium dark brown head atop an oily black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, rich chocolate, espresso, some roast, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, roasty chococoffee, some lactose. Some hops in the background lend a semblance of balance, but truly this is about the malts. Smooth medium-full body that holds the alcohol quite well -- I was amazed at how quickly I downed this one.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours opaque black with beige head that fades to wispy film. Very carbonated stout. Aroma has tons of chocolate up front, fades to bitter coffee. Flavor is all bitter coffee with some cocoa and roasted grain. Too much coffee for my taste.
Nuffield (4019) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
100% opaque, very dark head, all looking the way it should be. Salami, roasted malts, and smoke. Intense intense flavor with a very good chocolate finish. Vigorous palate, rich but still revealing some carbonation. Excellent in limited quantities, this is a Imperial Stout of the first order.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005: Pour is black with a thin skin of a dark brown head...smell is smokey and toasty...smoked meat indeed...taste is sweet and mildly toasty with some chocolate, smoke, light coffee...nice...
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 (Bottle) Pours think oily black body with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and smoked meat. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate with a bitter finish.