Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Odeed. Black. Aroma is very roasty, chocolate, coffee, light alcohol. Taste is very hoppy, something like an imperial alpha klaus, some alcohol showing, light toffee- hoppiness masks much of the beer.
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to andrew. Pours solid black. Thinnish tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, soy sauce. Flavor of chocolate, toffee, hops. Great beer.
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I loved this beer...its everything an Impy should be...simply phenomenal...might have to go to darkness day next year..............................................
dogfish120love (1117) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown very close to black and to the untrained eye may appear black haha. The head is brownish and disaptes quicker than expected. Overly sweet and syrupy compared to most Impy’sin aroma and flavor. I’m slightly dissapointed in what I thought would be a great find at the ACBF.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at ACBF 2009: Opaque motor oil pour with a thick brown head that fades to a film. Gigantic chaotic aroma dominated by molasses with notes of coffee, burnt raisin/sugar, and charred black malt. Cloying sticky body- no finesse nor subtlety here. Flavor is dominated by molasses, burnt plummy sugars and nondescript char. A disgusting under attenuated mess lacking finesse. Why all the hype?
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate side notes. Sweetness smooth in the taste with chocolate (dark and milk) and caramel notes just coming brilliant through. Well balanced and awesome.
LilBeerDoctor (3716) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 1200th rating! Draft at ACBF09 (08 version). Pours black with only a small ring of head. Aroma of sweet malt and some bitter hops as well. Rather indistinct aroma actually. Flavor is very sweet and malty, but not the roasted malt that I’m used to in imperial stouts. It was a very odd experience, and I thought this seemed more like an ASA to me. Overall it was alright, but certainly on the sweet side. I would like to try this again though.
Update 11/28/09: 2009 bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of piney hops, chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is initially quite sweet with some bitter hops (pine, even some citrus) in the finish. Texture is a bit syrupy. I’m not changing my #s just adding new commentary.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dense deep black with a moderate-large mocha brown head that lasted beyond mid-glass and left a layer of foam with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate and caramel. The flavor is superb, and I was frankly surprised at how fruity this beer is. Cherry is the predominant fruit flavor, along with some raisins. Chocolate, molasses and caramel are also present. Smooth, dense and silky on the palate, which is truncated by some moderate alcohol heat, which extends beyond the swallow. I prefer sweeter beers, so this one is right up my alley. Very nice.
ThankYouDonnie (1) - Warrenville, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for the 2 Brothers Brewery for bringing this one in for their Hop Juice release party. It was my favorite "guest" beer of the day, and a delicious stout. If it were slightly less sweet, I’d say it’s perfect.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, graciously shared by MrBendo, thanks Todd. Dark brown with a coating tan head. Nose is caramel, molasses, grass and some citrus peel. Medium body with mild carb. Taste is molasses, chocolate chips, dark fruit and citrus with a muted hop bite. Very tasty with lots of sweet notes. Could use a touch more dark roast to balance.