JohnnyJ (5263) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Pours a dark black, with dark tan frothy head. Lots of fruit in this one, plums, raisins, dark chocolate, licorice, cream, roasted malt, and some earthiness. Itís good, but Iím just really not in the mood right now for some reason. Thanks to tjthresh for the bottle!
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a huge creamy deep tan head that left tons of sticky lacing. Exactly how an Imp Stout should look, love it! Aroma of deep dark tart cherries, dark chocolate, hints of milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and some coffee notes. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, tart cherries, lingering dark chocolate notes, a bunch of nice coffee flavor with some hints of vanilla and oak. Getting some dark fruits in the flavor as well. Hops are there and are more on the floral side which compliment all those great dark and roasty notes.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle from Market of Choice. Poured out black as ink with a hefty tan colored head. Aroma was very nice, thick chocolate malt balls with earthy hops, and some dark fruit. Flavor is Chocolate, fig, plum, raisin, and very light coffee and hops. Extremely smooth drinking, not as thick as I hoped for. An interesting brew to be sure, very overpriced though unfortunately.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle purchased a while ago at Roziís. Havenít seen them there in a month or so. Aroma is rich and fruity, lots of raisiny, fig dark fruit notes. The rich imperial stout scent of chocolate mallt and hops mingle with this rich fruity scent in such a wonderful way. The flavor of this is out of this world. It is fruity and rich. This doesnít hold to the imperial stout mold where the stout characteristics are blown to extreme proportions. No, this is like a crazy beer hybrid. Like some fruity English Barley wine that got in on with a good strong stout. As this warms up the fruity flavors jive so well with some coffee and hops flavor. Paint me impressed. Might not be so impressed with the price tag, but worth it to have it once.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of roasted malts and creamy tastes. I guess I wanted this one to be a bit more harsh, but thats just how I like my ISs. There was lots of chocolate in this one, and the chocolate was very creamy at that. Lots of bitterness and some sweetness, thats the 13% coming through. Nice one, but not what I expected.
AndyReynolds (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, rich brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is strong of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, cream, and coffee. Notes of dark fruits vanilla come out as the beer warms and the head fades. The coffee comes out in the flavor and is pretty intense. As it goes down, I was left with a smokey coffee flavor with a little bit of licorice standing out. The finish is dry and sweet. An excellent beer. Thanks to Bigmmartin for letting me know where to find it.
Bov (11456) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 8, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of Greg Gaughan - pitch black coloured with a huge dark beige foam; powerful aroma of licorice, chocolate truffles and milk coffee; notes of marzipan develop while the beer gets warmer; dusty and fairly roasted; very thick and oily, robust malt body, creamy mouthfeel and with a fair bitterness; solid sweetness in the background; very long chocolatey finish with notes of prune, licorice and marzipan again - a beautiful, robust and quite complex beer
BelgianBeerGal (3653) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2016 Traded bottle and last beer before my husband takes off for awhile on business. This was a super interesting stout. About halfway through the taste there is a smooth flavor similar to straight vanilla that is tough to nail down. I would like to drink about 20 more bottles and see if I can figure it out.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz brown glass pry-top with proprietary dating marks on label.
Appearance: Poured slowly into my Duvel tulip produces 3 fingers of sudsy, creamy, frothy tan head. Opaque black with hues of brown.
Nose: Dusted chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, old ground coffee, something a little plastic-y, vanilla bean.
Palate: Medium-bodied, chocolate, vanilla, cream flavors. Seriously reminds me of chocolate chip cookie dough. Bitter edges keep the somewhat creamy texture in check and the finish is dominated by espresso roast coffee-like flavors and bitterness.
Notes: Thinner in the mouthfeel than I was expecting based on its appearance. Great texture, excellent combination of flavors and aromas. Thereís something in there thatís a little unpleasant and reminds me of plastic, but itís not very pronounced and Iím sure it will blow off. Nice, long bitter finish, but not so bitter that you canít taste all the yummy flavors. A really well made beer, albeit expensive.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
via BuckeyeSammy. a little bit of a gusher, salty soy and coffee slick. nice crema head. slick with a sour finish layered and smooth for 100 ibu mocha cheesecake.