JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Tom. Opaque, shiny black color with a smaller, but stable dark mocha, small bubbled head. Sweetened thick coffee aromas. Mild caramel and touch of milk chocolate also in the mix. Thick slick feel. A hearty quaff. Toffee and lightly burnt molasses flavors grab the tongue. A mild malt backdrop late in the swig. Some coffee grounds and phenols (resin) wield their way around. Things don’t seem to come together in this one.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Black in color, thin light brown head, sudsy, spotty lacing.   Burnt malt nose, very doughy, apple skin is fairly strong.   Rich burnt malt flavor, fairly sweet, slight milk sugar like lactose.   Some coffee bean towards the finish, slightly bitter, but otherwise moreso malty.   Body and mouthfeel are surprisingly moderate, yet fairly smooth.   Slightly chalky finish, remains coffee oriented, burnt malts, apple skin, with a very soft hop bitterness.   Not as robust or as big as I would have thought, but still fairly tasty.   Thanks to Larry and Jeff for each sending a bottle.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of SpingsLicker. Pours an opaque jet black with a great foamy tan head. Good head retention that laces down the sides of my snifter. Aroma is absolutely wonderful, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes. Before I take a sip, Alesmith Speedway comes to mind. I am hoping it will be as good. The flavor doesn’t disappoint. Full bodied with a lingering mouth feel. Notes of roasted malt, and sweet chocolate and coffee flavors. Luckily Jay sent me 2 bottles of this stuff.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick, oily black with a thin, dark brown head. Aroma of rich coffee, oatmeal cookies, chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Wonderfully rich and complex flavor has more of the aromas, plus toffee, dark roasts, and citrus and floral hops. It’s not as heavy as I was expecting from the pour - medium bodied with a great mouth feel and very smooth going down. Overall this is a very tasty imperial. Great for any beer lover who is also a coffee drinker.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and black. Nice coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted malts and coffee in the front. Sticky sweet in the back. Very good.
Aubrey (3444) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with blood-red highlights. Roasty, mild coffee-ish nose. Silky-soft texture. Very rich and intense dark roast left behind nice elements of dark chocolate and a pinch of burntness/smoke and a slight hint of black licorice. Coffee flavors were there, but it was less evident than I expected. Balanced hop bitterness (mostly grassy). Nice impy.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from TannerTavernboys. Black as night. Light brown head forms and fades quickly leaving hardly any lacing. Aroma is pleasant, Roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal and a dose of smoke for some reason. Full bodied and viscous with a light carbonation level. Coffee jolt, oatmeal smoothness. Tasty.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
(03.26.06) Stout/porter sampling with Scott, Tony and Walt at DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 12 oz brown bottle as gift from Thaichile. Limited release. 8.1% ABV. 2006 Monster beer tour. Poured black with small tan head. Soft carbonation. Coffee aroma in the nose. Medium bodied stout that starts with oatmeal/vegetal (snow peas?) flavors. Some acidity detected. Finishes with light bitterness and roasted malt. No coffee essence detected except in the nose. Does not adhere to the style of an imperial stout. Bad bottle? A disappointing beer. Thanks Thaichile for the bottle.
BattleandBrew (4) - USA - APR 11, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer. Ever since we got this on tap I drink nothing else. The first impression of this beer left me wondering if it is something I would want to drink much of, but this sweet coffee, chocolate stout grows on you quickly. Full coffee aroma, pours black with little head. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, not too thick, and not even syrupy which is odd b/c if you ever have to clean up a spill of this stuff it quickly turns into a sticky syrupy mess. It’s never overpowering and although it is a sipping beer you’ll want glass after glass of this delicious creation. If you like stouts and you like coffee - you’ll love this beer. Wow! I’m going to miss this one until next winter.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quickly settling dark tan head crowns an opaque black pour. Big coffee aroma that is unmistakable, and supported by notes of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was medium/full, but a little thinner than I had expected. Coffee, chocolate, and an underlying dark molasses sweetness come through in the flavor, with balance provided by spicy and herbal hops. Although it starts sweet, it finishes dry and bitter. Seems to lack some of the complexity of the best Impy’s, but enjoyable nonetheless.