nearbeer (3936) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2013 Re-rate with a whole 33 cl bottle on 7/13/13; lot 25/01/HH. Jet black with an inch of spongy foam. Nose of oxidized berries, dark fruit, cookie dough, cream, cocoa, a hint of tobacco. Tastes of berry, dark chocolate, raisin, cookie dough, wood, sour cream and oxidation. Finish of cured tobacco and a touch of soy sauce. Heavy body is well balanced, chewy, and creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Just a hint of the 13%. Made for a simply fabulous aperitif prior to dining at Buckingham Palace. Bottle shared by Suttree at Christmas Eve^3. Opaque black with a ring of cream. Aroma of dark fruit, berry, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of plums, coffee, alcohol and tobacco. Smooth and medium heavy body is roasty dry. Original 12/26/08 rating: 8/4/7/4/16 - 3.9
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours black with tan head and laces in thin sheets. The aroma is of bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, cigar, caramelized fruits, and alcohol. The flavor is complex, containing much darkness, somewhat bitter, tangy, peat, wine, tobacco, yeast, exotic chocolate, and some coffee. The palate is rich and yet lively. Overall, this is outstanding.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to my brother for hooking this up. Pours a dark brown color with thin tannish head with some light bubbly froth. Aroma is of light chocolate, light roast coffee, some dark fruits and light molasses. Taste is mild chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits and roasted malt. As big as the alcohol is in this beer, it is incredibly well hidden. The mouthfeel is not thin or chewy, but just soft and creamy. A remarkable impy!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with some particulate, with a thin creamy mocha head. Aroma is anise, molasses, some brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is dark roasts, dark fruits, brown sugar, and a bit of earthiness or tobacco. Very well done and balanced.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Earthy roasty tobacco and alcohol notes with a bit of soy sauce and vegetal aromas. Taste is very roasty with a bit of soy and prunes and more earthy notes of coffee and tobacco. Good hop and malt bitter finish.
hirigalzkar (2391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with big beige head. Smells sugar and dark chocolate. Theres also some sourness to it. Complex and nice flavor. Oaky vanilla, chocolate, sweet wine. Sweet taste with small sourness aswell as a small bitterness in the aftertaste. Great taste but i dont think that this beer is ready just yet. I think this one will grow in the cellar. Very smooth.
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with virtually no head. I did enjoy this, and would definately drink again, but it was kinda difficult to get my head around. There were traditional Impy Stout flavors and smells - coffee, chocolate, prune, currant, etc - and also an odd herbal note that I have noticed in a lot of other Euro Impy - Black Hole come to mind. Additionally, there was a big winey note that I really enjoyed. I also noticed some tobacco and/or leather. Very complex and tasty.
zootfinster (209) - 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 (7228) - 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.