kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle via rayg1 (thanks!). This one pours a pitch black ith a huge tan head. Nose is espresso and some fruity esters. Taste is actually very similar to their Baltic Porter, but with more chocolate, roastiness and less fruity esters than that one. Their are some fruity esters there here though, underneath i detect some plum and cherry flavors. My guess is they use the same yeast for this and the Baltic. Also a bit of salty soy and ash in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body, Moderate carbonation. An above average and quite tasty Imp Stout.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Pours a opaque black with a big brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, and blueberry. Flavor is fruity, with roasted malts.
Beffrey2 (29) - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first thing I thought of when smelling this beer was fruit! But I could not put my finger on what. Then I read some of the ratings here. Blueberry sounds about right to me. But not 100% sure. The head is thick and creamy on pour (about two inches thick). After about 1 minute, the head disolved and lightly covered the surface. Lacing is very long lasting, in fact, it stayed their until I cleaned the glass! I do not taste much chocolate with this one, mostly coffee and fruit mix. The beer is very dark and creamy, has a pretty strong bitterness at the end that lingers. One other thing that was very noticeable from the start was the alcohol! The taste is strong during the first couple sips until you get used to it. Kind of warms you! Aftertaste is of bitter coffee for sure IMO. Overall, I like this beer a lot!
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle. Roasted bitter coffee, chocolate, and a light fruit. Head was a great carmel color but faded very quickly to just a light covering. Pitch black color. Roasted malty flavor with a slightly sweet dark chocoloate undertone. Ends with a dry bitter lingering taste on the back of my tongue. Overall pretty good. A bit to carbonated for me but enjoyable. Definately feel this will age nicely though.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 12oz bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON. Aroma: grapes, coffee, light cocoa and anise, a touch of pine and some floral notes. Appearance: Oily looking black in color. Head was dark tan, creamy, and short lived. Nice lacing. Flavor: Roasted malt with some strong coffee notes. Vinous, dark fruits, pine, floral, and some light grass. Bitter throughout with some escalation near the finish. A light sourness before the finish, as well. Palate: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Not bad, but there are so many great beers in this style that itís hard to stand out. Worth a try.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 HUGE thanks to JCB for sending this to me--great trader...Not a lot I like about this one unfortunately for me. Aroma is of chocolate, very bitter coffee and has some vinuous aspects as well. Black in appearance with a brown head. Medium palate is carbonated a little more than most imperials. Yowzer! The taste is so acidic and bitter that I canít get past it. Coffee is the taste but the dry acridness of the beer overrides everything. Nothing here for me to enjoy.
Re-Rate 2010: Bottle from my man Facto. Glad to try this one again, havenít had it since my initial rating. Black pour with a nice tan head. Deep coffee and chocolate aroma. The mouthfeel is very nice--full and creamy--but not so thick that itís tough to drink. Solid flavors of chocolate malts and light coffee. I like the balance in the sweetness and the bitterness here--neither is over the top like so many stouts Iíve had lately. Score has been updated to reflect the re-rate.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Bottle from TURDFERGUSON. This beer is black as midnite with a nice creamy head. I swear I smell blueberries??!! I also smell strong bitter roasted malt and espresso. Kind of rough with the taste of dark fruits showing up. Full bodied with bitter semi sweet dark chocolate and burt bitter flavors in the finish. Iím going to age a few bottles and revisit this beer. Thanks, Sam. Blueberries!?!?
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nutty, chocolate, caramel aroma. Pours dark with a light brown head. Flavor is licorice, sweet, dark fruits, with a coffee and alcohol finish. Full body, pretty good. Nice beer, no baltic porter though.
OldGrowth (2751) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, though I did attend the release party at Milltown and had 3 pints there. Good aroma sweet & roasty Chocolate/esspresso, a real nice blueberry and or grape fruitiness about it. Brownish black color, good cocoa brown head that faded quick to a slim ring. Little to no lace. Bitter flavor Bitter chocolate, some earthy notes, little marshmellow too, tad harsh. Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very impressive, I think as little age is gonna mellow that harshness Iím getting, Love the Duck Rabbit.
CelticBrew (852) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a lovely deep black forming a dark brown foamy head. Aroma was tantalizing, rich chocolates, burnt coffee, figs, malts, and such. Reminded me of a strong irish or scottish coffee. Flavor was burnt chocolate expresso with an emphasis on malts and a hoppish ending. What another superb beer from Farmville NC! This is a beer to behold and cherish, to experience every black drop of its goodness. Alcohol was hidden deep within the flavors, given its wonderful character. Awesome Impy, find it if you can.