zootfinster (206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
While this is certainly a good beer, I dont see it as being quite a great as many have said. All the usual attributes; very dark bown, sweet, malty etc.etc. But to me nothing really over the top. Personally I prefer Bell’s Expedition Stout.t.
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour like molasses but not nearly as dense. Fascinating evolution of the thick brown head. It rises like bread dough with tiny compact bubbles deeper and larger floculent foam near the surface. Initially the aroma is overwhelmingly of baked apples and quince. As things settle rich roast and new leather come forward but I cannot find any chocolate in the aroma. The palate shows a complex interplay between the silky dark malts and funky fruit and subtle yeast. The finish is both bitter and a little musty. It is really surprising that there is no evidence of alcohol in this 13% ABV brew!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from bleeng at the December Houston tasting. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a beige head. Leaves a clingy brown film on the side of the glass. Aroma is chocolate hairspray, cherry, and vegetable. Flavor is smoky, chalky chocolate herb vegetable with a peppery finish. Coating mouthfeel. Too earthy and vegetable-like.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with tan head. Chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar in the aroma. Some dark roast. The flavor has caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, some coffee, and some molasses. Either the alcohol is ridiculously well-hidden or this one is no where near 13% ABV. Im all for a beer that masks its strength but I also want a super strong stout to be super strong tasting and this one really is not. Still a solid beer.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a molassses brown topped by a thin and dense tan head. Aroma is medium sweet with star anise, roast, some cocoa, cinnamon and light alcohol. Flavor is cocoa, herb, vanilla and alcohol . Medium to full full body, smooth texture. Very dry finish.
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bleeng. Shared at December Houston Tasting. Pours black with a brown head. nose is of roast malt and alcohol. Taste was of roasted malt with some coffee and mild chocolate. Not overwhelming, more subtle and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium, not thick and chewy like some impys are. Pretty good but not great, IMO.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml Bottle: Complex aroma of chocolate, dark ripe fruit, light currant, slight alcohol, slight roasting, slight smoke, slight must, and slight red wine. Poured pitch black in color with a small, rocky, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of malts, roasting, light alcohol, wood, tar, tobacco, light smoke, chocolate, light soy sauce, and some coffee. Full body. Thick, viscous texture. Soft carbonation. Smokey, malty, woody, sweet tobacco finish. Slight alcohol burn, but for 13%ABV the alcohol is well hidden.
bleeng (1523) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Houston RB Dec Impy Stout tasting. Bottle. Coal black, small tan head. Nose is sweet, chocolately, just a bit alcoholic. Taste starts off with a bit of carbonation, with hints of coffee, chocolate, pepper, raisins, spices. Chewy, thick and very easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. Excellent beer. Too bad about the 10 dollar price though.
Kinz (3291) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
VRBT. Another one I am happy to get to taste. Black, brown at edges. Aroma was chocolate based. Flavor was more coffee oriented, with some fruitiness and brown sugar notes. Decent, but not life altering like some of the reviews read.
Benjiehorn (21) - Chicago, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured pitch black with no head, and little lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a hint of vanilla. Full frontal taste of chocolate, belgian yeast, slight alcohol, with a nice, subtle coffee finish. An excellent brew, and a difficult one to come by. Well worth the 12 dollar price tag for an 11 oz.