FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black as black can be, with a small, milk chocolate brown head. Aroma of baking chocolate, floral hops, natural sugar, and molasses perhaps. First taste is bitter cocoa, hazelnut, instant coffee, light potpourri note. Finishes with heavy hazelnut, iced coffee, but that fades quick. Feels sticky in the back of the throat. Other than that the feel is real good, not as tick as one might expect, but if it was full on stout thickness then it would probably feel a little too sickly. Warms the chest without warming the face, which is cool. Yea, Iím starting to warm up to these imperial stouts. Another solid effort from Duck Rabbit.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This thing is enormous. Pitch, oily black with somewhat bubbly, dark brown head. Roast malt and anise aromas, some dark coffee. All kinds of flavors, from dark chocolate to molasses, and all kinds of black malts, vague dark fruits, hints of hops, espresso, and some vanilla warmth in the alcohol. Alcohol is warming but not sharp. Complex and smooth, with a long finish and a heavy, blanketing mouthfeel. Delicious.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer gets finesse points for being the first NC brew Iíve tasted to have used the extra alcohol (beyond 6%ABV) effectively and not just frivolously. This is a solid example of the style. The palate is very nice. The hops I think could use a little work, and the thickness of the head was a little disappointing. But overall, Iíd say this is a really exciting drink. Kudos, Duck-Rabbit.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Squid ink. Brown crema. Nose is gigantic. dense licorice and molasses. Hoppy attack. Black cherries. Thick as oatmeal. Oily and coating. Sweet! Bitter finish. Round flavors mostly. Lots of tart cherry, not puckery at all but tart in a dry way. LONG finish. Still going. Good beer.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
another 12 oz. bottle of stout goodness provided by OhioDad, thank you my friend. poured as black as night with a decent size tan head. the head disappeared FAST and settled down to a thin layer of lace. got some aromas of maple and brown sugar from this one. flavors were of dark roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee and some mocha. started out kind of oily on the tongue, but finished with a somewhat harsh coffee flavor on the tail end. a decent winter warmer on a cold winter night.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is a monster. Loads of star anise and black patent malt assault the palate at once as a dark espresso and tilled earth body unleash beneath a steady hop-bitterness. After the initial shock of the first sip the beer hits its stride and turns into a slightly creamier version of the first taste. While I will give a good rating now, I think with cellar age, this will eventually be a 98 plus point beer. Best advice, buy a warm six pack and chill them as needed through the winter. Thanks Duck-Rabbit.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Pours thick and dark. Inky. Strong roast aroma. It starts out rough, roast, burnt and hoppy. The middle is very sweet, I see what people are saying about the molasses, esp. in texture. The alcohol is amazing and hits the spot in a smooth, sexy style. Odd in its own special ways, though it may lack the drinkability of other heavy hitter imp.ys. Congrats to Duck-Rabbit for a great first attempt, and of course thanks to the "Pop the Cap" legislation. 12oz bottle
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 12 oz bottle.This beer is opaque black with a dark brown head. Has a nice sweet aroma with hints of chocolate and maybe a little vanilla. Chocolate flavors with a nice hint of hops at the end. There are lots of other flavors hidden in this beer too. One of my favorites
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black body with a medium dark tan head. Very sweet aroma, malty, coffee, caramel, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is similar, with a strong sweet bent and semi-dry aftertaste. Sweet and malty. Good beer, not best in style, but first NC Impy stout that Iíve had.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via trade with Jonathan3584 - Thanks Jonathan! - Pours inky black with a healthy tan head taht dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of molasses and a bit of coffee. Flavor is definitely dominated by molasses as well. Some hints of dark fruits and a touch of chocolate with bitter coffee. Definitely different than other impy stouts. Interesting finish that is tough to put a label to. Maybe some age would take the edge off of this.. Not bad though very drinkable...