emacgee (4287) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Turd for sharing this. Pours a thick viscous dark black that allows some light on the edges, sits black. Nice two finger chestnut brown head. The nos is rich and fruity, mild soy, roasty, bitter chocolate and coffee, some phenolic character, mild alcohol. The flavor is rich and chocolaty, definitive hop feel, dark fruits, waxy hop bitterness, sweet. Has a very young feeling about it. I would love to try this in about 6 months. As Jason said mouthfeel is above and beyond a 5. Very full and silky, rich and warming. George Kastanza would love to drape this velvety treat about his squat frame.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Turdferguson - thanks, Sam!!! First of all, palate is a hardcore 5! One of the most enjoyable mouthfeels of all time. You kind of knew from the creamy, inky pour, almost like Guiness on cask but with a big aggressive nose. Oddly, the aroma was fruity and yeasty, much like a Belgian stout or something (Sloth?). But there are enough hops and roasted malts in the flavor to balance this out. They manage to strike just the right balance between these two, mostly opposed stout tendencies, and have created a memorable beer that lives up to the hype. YUM.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Massive heavy metal thanks to beastiefan2k for this one!
Pours black with creamy tan head and nice evil lacing. Aroma = whoa. Dark malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, hops, roast, licorice, dark fruits, black cherry. The flavor matches the aroma - roast, darker malts, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, hops, oak, licorice, lingering coffee, roast, hops bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooooth creamy, thick, and warming.
Good heavens this stuff is great. Lives up to the hype, and now I want to taste this side by side with the Dark Lord.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle courtesy of BDR. Thanks Brad! Shared with cdumler and Alraomon. Pours pure black with a medium, thick brown head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, bitter coffee, spicy hops and coconut. Taste is very sweet with bitter hops, caramel, soy, coconut, slight coffee and roasted malts. Full bodied and very sticky. Just a bit too sweet for my taste.
Fin (8126) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle that Craig kindly handbottled and sent down to me, cheers Craig. Pours shark eye black with a tan head, really thick and oily and with a sticky consistency. This was hoppy but not overly so, roasty, bittersweet, bitter chocolate and coffee dregs I even get some grapefruit coming through. Everything is in wonderful harmony and whilst I have tired of Impy Stouts a little of late I really enjoyed this, it was a great beer, many thanks Craig. A7 A5 F9 P4 OV17 4.2
gowdy (837) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craigs house. caramel, resin, black, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy,
cgarvieuk (16652) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 Bottle at home feb20 2009...Big thanks to BDR for this... wow this has a lovely full creamy mouth feel. rich and silky ... Nose is a big soft smooth roast with a little chocolate and mellow big pine hops... flavour is dominated by just how nice the palate is... but once you wallow in its smooth silky richness you start to notice rich smooth chocolate malts ... low bitternesss and a spice pine hop in its linger ... Im not fond of hoppy stouts so was worried i wouldnt like this but its really quite lovely... though pine does build quite a lot over time 4.3... AH as i get further through this, its the hop that keeps on giving and destroys any other flavours. This is one of the beers. that i think a small sample(50ml) (4.3) or a larger one(250ml) (3.9) do end up with a different rating. Plus i suspect if i had the whole thing to myself it would have dropped another point or two by the end of the Bottle (Final score 3.9)
Bottle at home ... thanks to Badgerben ... 2010 vintage drunk 060511 ... dark black.. thin tan head ... soft coffee roast .. huge oily hop ... some tobacco nose ... sweet juicy raisins and cherry ... bitter chocolate ... lots of coffeee .. light molasses .... this is much better than i remember ...quite sweet rich and oily ... very smooth. 4.4 oh i am F... loving this and it didnt seem to get wearing at all this time. loved every drop
Tap at the Copenhagen beer festival... Dark black... Thin tan head... Dar roast dark malt... Rich roast... Dark berries... Rich roast. Malts 4.2
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to BDR for the bottle. 750ml pours black with a big mocha colored head that lasts and lasts. Killer lacing. Aromas are mainly hops, slight chocolate, but mainly citrusy hops. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a semi bitter finish. Very good beer, but perhaps to hoppy on the nose for me.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown out of the bottle and appears black in the glass. Well looking tan head lasts well. Aroma is mainly awful, smells mainly of socks and super citrusy hops, no malt complexity. Flavor, however, is different and quite complex. Fully flavored with an incredible malt complexity. Sweet dark fruits, with layers of chocolate, roast and coffee character. Nice mouth feel. Very nice Imperial Stout.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 Ok, I finally got my crack at darkness. On tap of all places at 11:00 in the morning. Poured thick and black with a cream head. Aroma was caramel and chocolate, promising some major sweetness. Taste was burnt marshmallow, sweet caramel and roast. Really reminded me of a marshmallow. For all the promises of a great hoppy stout, I thought this was incredibly sweet. Not getting the balanced I had hoped for. Really one of the sweeter imperials I have tasted.