mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Degarth. Pours black, with a small light tan head. Very rich looking, just like I like my Impy’s. Smells of monster chocolate, creamy dark malts, mild roast, and oatmeal. Pretty chocolate heavy, which is fine by me. The alcohol was quite noticeable throughout, which caught my attention immediately. The flavor is big chocolate as well, the roast seemed to come through more, with a thick malt presence. The palate is one of the best Ive had. A rich, thick, chocolate coating warmed the palate up nicely. Excellent brew, full flavored, great aftertaste. Could have been even better if the alcohol were masked more effectively.
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Buffalo, thanks for picking it up for me Blankboy and Hogtown Harry. Pitch black, thick creamy brown head - yeah, that looks lovely! Dry roast and alcohol in sweet aroma - good but not great. Taste - very dry, very sweet, ands tons of alcohol. Sticky yet silky full body. Dessert like yet insanely drinkable - I like my stouts dry, even impy’s, which is why I may have found this way more drinkable than the ST Java. Rather bitter at the end as well, but tough for hops to fight through all that is going on here. Packs a punch above 11%. Complex, tasty, and exceeded my expectations - and I have more left!!
demitriustown (1077) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber: Aroma is fabulous, massive roasted malts with chocolate and roasted caramel note. Big Roasty oat aroma too. Just to put into perspective it’’s a huge nice wonderful aroma to this a brew. Appearance is a absolutely black pour with a medium tan head that diminishes into a soapy tan head that lingers. Taste is awesome, my god, I love this beer’s taste. With big times malts and chocolate, malts, caramel, and coffee coming to the forefront. I can’t really explain the rest. It’s just, Wow! Try this brew and if you like craft brew you will appreciate this brew. Palate is coffee like with malt and chocolate notes. Overall, Damn this is good. Great Impy stout all around
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle provided my mreusch
Reall nice aromas of raisins and berries. Oats, roast, and cream.
Dark brown with some red highlights. Light brown head.
Pretty creamy with aggressive roast and coffee character.
Very silky, velvet alcohol warmth.
Tasty stuff. I’m glad Matt had another bottle.
Lowe1983 (1351) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and caramel malts. Flavor is pretty sweet up front with the molasses, dark fruits, and caramel malts up front. Finishes bitter with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Some alcohol warming on the finish. Pretty good.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours like a deep dark roasted cup of coffee with thin light brown head. Light aroma that starts off smelling like a chocolate milk shake. The mild aromas come through as roasted malts, chocolate malts brownies and brown sugar. Nice but light. A thick mouth feel ushers in roasted malts, molasses, sweet malts, light dark roasted malts and mild astringency. I don’t get much sense of oatmeal. Good beer though.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to pantanap for this beauty.
Pours black with a thin brown head. The flavor and mouthfeel are creamy, chocolatey, wow. I absolutely loved it. The finish has a warming to it.
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin dark brown head of dense creamy bubbles. Rich roasty aroma with lots of toasted grains, molasses, black cherry and some sweet malts. Color is a very dark brownish black. Thick and very full bodied. Sweet and malty with loads of roasted grains, molasses and chocolate. Not really bitter at all. Velvety smooth mouthfeel that is almost chewy. Noticable alcohol presence that makes the lips tingle and the gullet nice and warm. The oats are really present in the body and give this brew tons of mouthfel and character. Finishes thick and creamy and delicious. Lingering roastyness and alcohol. A great imperial stout!
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Pours deep, dark brown with a small brown bubbly head. Strong aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, lactic sugars, light roasted coffee, and some piny/herbaceous hops. Sweet lactic and bitter chocolate flavors hit hard upfront like a bitter malted milk ball, then quickly recede into slightly bitter roasted coffee, and grassy/piny hops, but keeping up that sweetness as an undertone all the way through. Would’ve certainly pegged this for a milk stout if I didn’t know better. Palate is full, creamy, a bit grainy (like chocolate with high cocoa content), fairly sweet, and oily. That’s a damn fine impy stout that is sure is sure to drink nicely for years to come. Delicious.
NJBeerman013 (1050) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber - One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had to date. Pours a thick, murky, midnight black with a fluffy, lasting brown head. This beer is huge on both aroma and flavor. It is very sweet with a huge chocolatey malty flavor. As it warms the alcohol makes more of an appearance. The mouthfeel is thick and rich with almost an oily consistancy. Simply excellent.