Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a thin, creamy and frothy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice looking, soft lacing. Aroma is loaded with bourbon and extremely sweet. Tons of vanilla, sticky molasses, and oak. Some very rich chocolates, prunes, and caramels with a trace of burnt roasts. Flavor is not as intensely boozy, but still dominated by the bourbon. Loaded with sweet, creamy chocolates, vanilla, oak, sticky molasses, prunes, ripe dark fruits, and finishes with a light roast and boozy heat. Somewhat dry, thick, and sticky with a lengthy aftertaste and very full body. Overall, a very messy, uber-sweet beer. I didnít find it offensive, but its definitely over-rated. Sure, the 19.5% thing is cool and all, but this was tough to put down.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012 2009 bottle. Massively sweet, lots of prune juice in the nose, lots of booze, some chocolate and molasses. Wasnít really excited about tasting this after smelling it. Taste is decent in a small amount, but not something I could drink more than a couple ounces of. Seriously, this was like drinking prune juice mixed with vodka. And while I do think prune juice is decent, I donít exactly buy it at the store regularly, so Iím not sure why Iíd want my beer to taste like it. Another "hit" from Bruery... underattenuated? check. boozy? check.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2011 Bottle. Pours a black body with a coffee tan head. Huge vinous etoh notes and no surprise its freaking 20%. Roast y initially and then very very sweet imperial stout, i was wondering how you hide 20% and its done through sugar after having Du Clawís Colossus and TNP i was surprised how well the sweetness worked in this stout. Sweet maple, chocolate, milk sugars, milk chocolate sweetness, and a light dark fruit and vanilla finish. I only had 4 oz sample but i donít think the scores would hold over a whole bottle.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thank you to Sean (DuffManSW) for getting me one of these beauties! Motor oil black pour with a loose brown head. The aroma is heavily charred oak and smoky bourbon with notes of vanilla bean, 100% cacao chocolate and boozy dark fruit. The begins with bitter dark espresso and blends to bourbon, smoke, and oak. It finishes with lingering dark chocolate, a dark fruit liquor, and a hint of amaretto. The FULL body is oily feeling with a moderate carbonation level and a big alcohol burn.
kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 Rerate with 2010 vintage. Bumped it down another point. Basically loads of alcohol and meatiness. Lots of residual sweetness thatís only covered up by the immense, vinous alcohol notes. Nothing special here.
750mL bottle at Woodshop 5.0, courtesy of some fine generous soul out on the patio. Thanks, dude (Michael?)! Pours a very dark, oily brown color with (again) golden edges; light-tan head with minimal lacing. Lots of dense fruit leather, dark fruits, and lightly warming alcohol in the aroma; pleasant nose; some mineral bitterness. Full body: loads of fruit leather, caramel, and dried dark fruits upfront; relaxed carbonation, some warming alcohol is certainly present, and the mouthfeel here is certainly muddled: murky, warming, sweet. Lasting finish of dried dark fruits, caramel, and lingering malt sweetness; sweet ending. 220.127.116.11.14=3.7
beastiefan2k (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An intolerable SWEET and ALCOHOL mess. The beer is uber thick and viscous, combined with the sweetness of 10 Southern Tier Imperial Stouts. And there is no relief from the swICeetness in the form of carbonation or hops. Just so sweet, first time I have had a non-adjunct sweetness that was too hard to put down. Had this in lineup with Dark Lord, Darkness, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Victory @ Sea, and Foot Sex and this was sweeter and hotter than any of those. I am shocked how the Impy Stouts keep heading in the wrong direction. 10 guys could not put down a bottle, I did not even finish my sample.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
What the hell is the matter with you people? This beer is not only bad, itís downright offensive. One of the people present for the tasting was having it a second time so I know its not a bad bottle. Ungodly sweet with a horrible alcohol presence. Tytoanderso really hit the nail on the head with vanilla extract, but with an ass load of chocolate thrown in. Iíll admit, as I had more and it degraded my palate the offensive taste subdued into a sweet mess. Either way, this isnít good at all. Seriously, what are you guys smoking?
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 [Bottle] shared by tytoanderso. Pours a not very viscous looking black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is very sweet, and I actually get some cabernet sauvignon, touch of smokiness, oddly a touch of tartness, strong alcohol, chocolate, light soy sauce, and, of course, alcohol. Ungodly sweet, but the alcohol manages to dilute it a little bit, kind of tastes like syrup without the thick gooey texture, amazing alcohol presence, roasted malt, not too much else. Really lacks the complexity that something like the Hunahpuís has and the subtlety that the Narke has.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle. Sweet, milk chocolate, caramel, grain alcohol... The requisite Impy nose. also looks like an impy. Dark black. Thick with a gray film atop. Flavor is... holy shit man sweet! Vanilla extract soaked peanut butter crusted Hersheyís milk chocolate. Bourbon and wood tannin mid-palate back. Harsh fusel alcohol. Syrupy sweet. Cloying. Goddamn this beer is incredibly difficult to rate due to to the INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF SWEETNESS. Sweet, boozy, cloying... a downright wreck of a beer.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Been wanting this since it debuted, anticipation is huge. Letís see.) 750ml bottle. A: Pours a thick pure opaque black with a compact medium brown head. A: Aroma is big, complex, and vast. I just lose myself in this aroma; it makes me forget about everything else and draws me in. Tons of roasted malt, huge dark fruit aromas, brandy, loads of natural sugars, just a little rubbing alcohol at the end keeps the aroma from perfection, but still an awesome aroma by any definition. F: Holy Christ is this fucking good! That first sip was totally smooth, the second was pretty hot. This stuff is HUGE, very complex too. Everything you could want in an impy: Vanilla, coffee (subtle), cocoa, gooey dark maltiness, cherry and other dark fruits, and of course lots of bourbon. Sometimes I like bourbon, sometimes I donít: It works beautifully in this application and I now think thatís what the íheatí sensation is coming from, not actual alcohol burn mind you. Still, although rather apparent, the bourbon doesnít steal the show from all the other flavors and nuances. P: High viscosity, sticky mouthfeel and finish, perfect carbonation throughout. O: I was expecting this to be good, but I didnít want my hopes up too far in case it was overrated. Well, itís not. This stuff is fucking amazing. Going in my personal Top 5, probably Top 3. Thanks Bruery! Overall, world class ++.