awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the PP SA Fest. Dark black, viscous pour with a thick layer of creamy tan head. A huge toffee malt aroma jumps up from the glass right away, soaked in a bunch of mid-malt caramels and subtle bourbon character. Loads of vanilla, thick chocolate fudge, and a touch of that doughy, pretzely barrel character. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, but well weighted, being neither too sticky or heavy. Some brown sugar sweetness starts out the flavors, followed by a parade of toffee, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak - it keeps on going forever, building in roast intensity long into the finish. It never gets overly roasty, but develops a great dark chocolate flavor on the back end. Finishes semi-dry with a touch of hop bitterness and warming alcohol in the final smack. Smooth, complex, cohesive. It’s wonderfully complex, brimming with balanced, malt, hop, and barrel characters across the flavor spectrum. Excellent execution.
jarspag (601) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Tap at SAF ’07. Holy crap! When lookin at the line-up, this is the one that jumped out at me right from the start - I made sure to sample this one first. Everything was child’s play after this. Damn!!! Ratings are very accurate... A choco-bourbon bomb (in a good way) - leaning towards the sweeter side with big hints of vanilla. Elegant and smooth on the palate, lingering finish. The bourbon was a great element to an already great beer. I’m a sucker for these. Top notch!
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Strong Ale Festival.. My first of the night. Pours black wtih a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolatly bourbon with some sweetness. Flavors of bourbon, chocolate and somewhat boozy.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
PP Strong Ale Fest 07. (Oaked IRS). Pours black with a light brown ring head. Nose is damn nice, big huge, everything you want in an Impy stout nose. Taste is sweet, viscous and full of chocolate and smoky roasty goodness. Really pretty damn good.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Shared with too many ratebeerians to list (see event attendies)Wow. Incredible aroma. I loved smelling this. I shared the smell with everyone who hadn’t got to it yet. My favorite of the festival (and of all time). I think I should change my rating to 5.0. Hmmmm. Some hints of oxidation in a most pleasant way. Los of chocolate in the aroma, but no unpleasant roastiness. Creamy thick microbubble awesome dark tan head. Pitch black liquid is thick. Sweet and incredible rich malty dark fruit complex flavor. I love Stone RIS. I really love aged Stone RIS, and I really, really love Barrel Aged Stone RIS. Nothing’s perfect, but this deserved a 5.
Tried again on tap today at Stone. Picked up a growler as well. Awesome! Same rating.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pizza Port Strong Ale fest 2007.
WOW. Creamy, chocolatey, smooth, silky, some vanilla, a beer fantasy
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 PPSAF (Oaked IRS): Opapue with small lasting tan head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of liquorice, prune, coffee, chocolate, herbs, light oak and vanilla, hint of smoke. <P> The taste has nice sweet malt notes over woody and mild bitterness. The finish has a hint of smoke and spice. The mouth feel is oily and lush with an aggressive tone. This really rocks!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
PPSAF 07. Boy what a fucking great beer. Sweet, strong, mellow bourbon, sweet roasted malts, bittersweet chocolates all intertwine to make a really nice as good as it gets BA Impy.
pinkzambia (1363) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Bistro in Hayward: Incredible! Jet black with a tan head. Sweet vanilla flavors with a little chocolate. The roasted nutty chocolate aftertaset calls you back sip after sip. There is a real "cool vibe" to this one. This one rivals Full Sail Black Gold BB Aged!
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted on tap at the 2007 Bistro West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival. This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black color. Small sized tan head with great retention and amazing long lasting lacing. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, brown sugar and oak. WOW. Full bodied Russian Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee. Hints of vanilla and oak and dark fruit blend well in this beer. The hops are earthy. The bourbon flavor is pronounced but not overbearing. Extremely well balanced. Very smooth tasting. The 10% alcohol is not that noticeable. Complex yet very drinkable. As good as Stones regular Russian Imperial Stout is this one is way better. Incredible beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.