patrick767 (3524) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample from bottle at DLD - Pours black with a very nice pine and citrus hop aroma. Interesting. Iím tasting roast malt, pine hops, and a bit of fruitiness. Itís medium bodied, which seems like for an Impy, and has light carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter. Itís certainly different and pretty good too.
ChainGangGuy (4348) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a dark, pitch black body with a medium-sized tan head.
Smell: Well, thereís some dark chocolate, cold coffee, and a little bit of soy if you can manage to sniff around the overwhelming aroma of pine.
Taste: The fact that the overpowering pine flavor squashes any chance of savoring the malty flavors is both distressing and exasperating. Is this some kind of prank? The finish is full of a black malt burnt ashiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Its actually bordering on watery, what gives?!
Drinkability: Normally, I have no quarrel with the hops, and have often said, "Come on hop, come all!" but it just seems a bit inappropriate in an Imperial Stout. Who knows, maybe thatís how the kids like their stouts these days. If that is the case, how about a little "heads-up" next time?
PhillyBeer2112 (2515) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice but on the light side of impies. Reportedly dry hopped but I got very little hops in the nose, instead it was a milk chocolatey roasty love fest. Very dark brown, and brown head. Flavor was roasty and chocolatey with a touch of coffee. Palate on the thin side, but it mad this very easy drinking and smooth.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Beercellar2 for this excellent trade extra. Shared with Skyview a few weeks ago. Dark tan head, a half inch of it on this opaque brown pour. Faint aroma of coffee and pine. Smooth finish with coffee and sweet fruit flavors.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to kp!, pours a nice dark black with an ample light brown head, minimal lacing. Minimal aroma of roasted malts, molasses and light chocolate. Sweeter and lighter taste with a roasty disposition, noticable hops, and a very clean and smooth finish. Medium and slick on the palate. This is certainly not your typical IS; glad I had the chance to try.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of SpringsLicker. Pours as black as black can get with a chocolate milk colored head. Nice aromas of chocolate, nut, some roast and a hoppy background. The flavor was quiet hoppy with a mocha & roast background. Medium body with a roasty, mocha, hoppy aftertaste. A little different having that much hops in an impy stout but it was very enjoyable none the less.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured pitch black with a dark brown head. Smells of chocolate and roasted coffee. Very smooth for an Imperial Stout.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of OhioDad...Thanks Scott! Poured jet black, very thin, no head. Smelled like coffee. Taste was very light for an Imperial Stout, which I liked. Slight coffee and chocolate taste with just a bit of hops. Pretty good beer!
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 12-oz bottle shared by Brewfiend in Minnesota. Pours a near opaque motor oil dark brown, with a dense brownish tan head. Aroma of toasted dark barley, chocolate, sugared coffee, and a touch of white pine needles and sap. Taste is smooth, creamy and lightly carbonated. Other tastes include dark fruits, pitted raisined fruits and hops. Palate finish is also smooth.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle bonus via bgburdman9, many thanks. dated best by 6/12/07. Would have been nicer to have the image on the left but this will do. Pours black with a stable half finger light tan head. Aroma has a little chocolate and a hint of smoke. The taste is really weird for an impy. It is hoppy and malty and yet retains some of what an impy should be. This is weird but not bad, Iím just really not used to having hops in my impy.