JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black beer with a thick sticky tan head. The aroma is just incredible. Massive, soft sweet coffee and cocoa character. Excellent sweet chewiness. Intense chocolate syrup and a fresh coffeeish nose as well. Nice and chewy with a bit of heavy sweetness. Nice and chewy palate with a bit of milk chocolate sweetness. The chocolate is mostly present through the middle, but the coffee pops up on the finish. A little bit of soft earthy bitterness. Like all the ST imperial series, it’s really intense and sweet but it’s incredibly delicious.
joergen (20810) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home.
Black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet and light roasted aroma dominated by dark chocolate with notes of coffee and alcohol.
Sweet and light roasted flavour of dark chocolate and coffee with notes of hops and alcohol.
Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Dark brown, almost black body with almost no tan head. Aroma is delightfully chocolaty with a hint of coffee. Flavor is quite sweet, but not cloying, heavy on the chocolate, with a bit of coffee bitterness, and some hop bite in the finish. The 11% ABV is well hidden. Palate is smooth and moderately thick. This probably isn’t the most complex beer I’ve tasted, but if you like sweet imperial stouts, and I do, it’s a wonderful beer.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Otakuden’s throwdown. Very dark body...I mean BLACK body. Smells of big coffee and chocolate malts. Incredibly sweet chocolate, moreso than the coffee, but it’s definitely. Also really cool milk flavor in there. AWESOME!
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bomber! Poured medium-dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of all that is good in the world - chocolate, coffee, and malt. Taste was extremely smooth and creamy coffee and chocolate. Sweet but not cloying, thick but not heavy. Delightful in the extreme.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, coffee ice cream. Taste is moderately sweet, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, light butterscotch. Creamy medium-full body.
3fourths (8038) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Mobile rating. Thick, rich, decadent caramel and sweet cream (cream puff) flavor. Mild butterscotch smell and flair. Body is rich, moderately thick, but somewhat harsh, tannic, oak heavy, astringent. Still a nice stout.
travita (3964) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is brown to black with an ok beige colored head. The smell is mocoa, coffee, chocoalte, sweet cocoa powder. The taste is much of the same. Good if that is what you like.
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a smallish tan head. The aroma has thick rich chocolate, ice cream sweetness and roasty malt. Medium / thick lightly rough body with sharper than expected carbonation. The flavor starts out with creamy milk chocolate, bits of bitterness of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee along with dark roasted malt. The finish has more coffee bitterness and some phenolic spice. Very nice impy stout.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy bconley. Pours a dark brown body with mahoganny at the edges topped by a small, foamy beige colored head. The aroma is full of hershey’s chocolate syrup blended with some sweet espresso and a hint of vanilla. You can tell from the smell how rich this beer is going to be. The flavor follows suit with the melted hershey’s bar, chocolate fudge, and sweet espresso blending together for a very sweet and rich flavor. There is just a touch of vanilla in there to break up all chocolate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and very creamy on the mouthfeel. The finish is long and chocolatey like you would expect. I wish there was some more roastiness but the chocolate overpowers. This is a tasty beer, but like most of their beers you can only drink so much at a time.