5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Nearly black, moderate to thin spritzy beige head, dies rather quickly, leaving very little lacing.   Heaps of chocolate
and roated malts on the nose.   Much stronger than most I have had.   A bit of alcohol is noticeable as well.   Big rich malt
forward flavors, chocolate, black, and roasty, all come together to make this a big beer.   Very warming, the alcohol is there.   Hop
profile is minor, albeit does have a good presense.   Semi-sweet, somewhat like Dark Chocolate.   This one is hot, quite hot.
Age should do this well.   Quite drinkable as is, but guessing it will be phenominal in a year or two.   Finish is a little carob
like, with quite a bit of alcohol.   This one definitely needs time to settle down.   Although it is hot, it is very quaffable.
Lingering cocoa and carob, along with the alcohol.   Southern Tier continues to impress me with these 22oz bombers.   I think in tmie
this beer will only get better.   As is I would say this beer has a big chocolate malt base, assertive alcohol presense, with a moderate
hop bite.   Thanks goes out to Jah Noth and eaglefan538 for sending me bottles of the stuff!
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of kmweaver. Pours a clear, warm, dark brown with a reddish hue and a creamy, light brown head. Fat, vinous aroma - almost port like with some raisiny notes. Very full-bodied, this pours thick and sirupy. Loads of hard roasted malts, licorice and dried fruit. Rather subdued bitterness. Lovely indeed. 021107
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber as an extra from Bmartin08. Thanks man! Deep opaque black with burnt tan brown head. Aroma is deep mollases with burnt malt, sweet dark chocolate and slight alc. A warming, very dark imperial, nice alc presence, roasted malt, rich dark chocolate, very sweet, pretty intense. A very creamy, full body with minor burn. The combination of creamy full body and rich dark chocolate makes this a very satisfying and well done brew.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this beauty...
Appears a syrupy black with a small tan head that fades into a small head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell if of chocolate, fudge brownies, roasted nuts, caramel, mocha, and cream...luscious.
Taste is of the same with fruity notes and a deep, rich cocoa.
Mouthfeel is boozy, chocolate filled, fudgey, caramel laden, bready, sugary, full bodied, and sweet.
The only thing that could possibly make this one better is some age. Other than that, itís really tasty. A true winner that I thouroughly enjoyed and will seek out again.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a black with no light going through with good head and okay lacing. Aroma was malty chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor was lots of chocolate very sweet didnít get enough oatmeal in there and the scales were tipped toward the malts with not enough hops in there.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body beneath a thin tan head. Aromas of plum, cherry, light roasted barley and malted milk balls. Semi-sweet cocoa, light coffee flavors and some restrained notes of roasted barley. Smooth milky body.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught snifter at Deep Ellum on 10/17/07
One-finger light-tan head is moderately retained atop an inky, char-black body. High clarity, no lacing.
Bitter, aggressive dark malts certainly donít seem very de-bittered. BItter cacao-like notes, very dry, and heavily roasted, with end-of-the-pot, dark, dark coffee notes filling up the nostrils and dark chocolate notes sitting lightly on the end, as an afterthought. Vanilla, anise and some definite prunes emerge, but the dark fruit character is headed off by too much dark malt astringency, leaving too much anise and a vapid, dry bitterness. Hops are crudely placed, just as in the first batch of Jah-va. HEAVILY bitter, acidic and full of resin, it exacerbates the already ridiculously overdone malt. Add to this some light fusels, reminding me of glue and stiff, sharp esterized vapors, and itís not something Iím looking forward to drinking.
Not surprisingly, the dark malt is poured on, with a huge bakerís chocolate bittersweetness. Molasses notes give a tinge of sweetness, but itís just a tease, as any sweetness is gobbled up by the astringent, oily, bitter dark malt and heavily resinous, palate-numbing hop acids. Not quite as much alcohol in the flavor as in the aroma, I guess, but itís a moot point. This was undrinkable for me and I didnít even finish my glass at the bar. Some chewiness to the mouthfeel, thanks to the oats, but what good is chewiness when there is neither malt suppleness nor malt depth? Awful, just awful.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber last one I got was from Ughmash, though Iíve gotten some from a few people. Shared with bikesandbeer. Pours black with a nice light brown head that faded into a very attractive little island that looks like a seahorse. Nose is big without the coffee Iíd expect if I didnít really know what to expect. Taste is sweet, big and robust with a lot really really nice oatmeal flavors the kind Iíve not really experienced in an impy before. Really nice complex mouth, liquorice, molasses, chocolate overall pretty damn stellar and ridiculously smooth.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Oatmeal cookies embolden the muscular chocolatey molasses, while raisiny fruitiness and vanilla spiciness link all flavors seamlessly. Such a weet body cannot help but seduce the Imperial Stout lover.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam peeks into the pitch black.
-The aroma purports some of the oatmeal and chocolate presence, but could be more enticing. Caramel was more evident in the bottle than in the kegged version.
-Roasted oatmeal dries up part of the sweet finish. Pine cone hoppiness diversifies this ending too. But this remains super sweet overall.
-This is not super complex, but you cannot dodge it for not being expertly brewed or not being a decadent dessert beer.
-Alcohol doesnít bother the flavor profile much, a feat at this gravity. There is so much sugar to coat though...
On tap at The Dirty Truth and from bottles back home.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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