ToolHead (266) - København, - SEP 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl. bottle. Best by 1.1.15.
Deep brown w/ impressive, stable off-white head. Belgian fruity, incredibly smooth, powerful, slightly smoky, perfectly balanced.
Comes across more as a smoked, dark quadrupel than as an imperial stout; no matter what the style, it’s absolutely masterful.
Alengrin (2939) - BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
American beer brewed in Belgium, there should be more like this... Pitch black robe under a creamy, thick, dense, lacing, light beige head. Attractive aroma of espresso beans but subtly so, fondant and a hint of the chocolate sauce odour I love so much in the best impies but again in a subtle way; further hints of banana, leather, bayleaf, smoked halibut, tar, soy sauce, cigarette tobacco, peated whisky, smoked paprika, salmiac, fresh paint, blue grapes and dried plums. ’Belgian’ yeasty fruity esters in onset, peach, lots of banana especially after warming up, sour berries and red apple, rounded and inviting but not the dense candied sweetness I’d expect from an imperial stout - if I’d have to taste this blind, I would describe this as the opening scene of a Belgian quadrupel. Medium carbo, sourish accent for balance, full and rich malt profile, resinous, nutty, caramelly and lightly chocolatey, smoked accent coming through more clearly in the finish where it is assisted by a subtly coffee-like roasted bitterishness, gentle though, spicy hops peeping through as well as warming, yet gentle, whisky-like alcohol; a cloying resin effect stays for a long time as well. In all: very pleasant and inviting beer, a bit off the beaten track perhaps, but balancing its roasted, smokey and fruity flavours very well. Different from what I expected considering its classification here as an imperial stout, a lot more ’Belgian’ and even abt-like in some respects, but by all means a very good beer with satisfying complexity and a long flavour development. I will therefore not consider its lack of ’truth to style’ a big issue here.
Beerdedone (2877) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy lacy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and light smoke. Flavor was sweet with chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, smoke and had some notes of toffee.
Hanuta06 (380) - Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Serving: from bottle--purchased at Full Throttle Bottles.
Aroma: light peach.
Appearance: small, frothy, light-brown head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Clear, cola-brown body.
Taste: moderately sweet, over-ripe fruit initial flavor and finish with average duration.
Palate: medium bodied with oily texture and lively carbonation.
Overall: nothing special.
suprchunk (2510) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black pour. Big khaki head. Lacing. Malty aroma with a slight oud bruin aroma of acetic goodness. Taste is tart and malty.
bhensonb (12044) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma has smoke. Full bodied. Flavor is smoke, dark malt, and something suggesting burnt powder. Fairly dry. Different.
marcus (7230) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a hearty chocolate malt flavor with lots of smoke and a vanilla finish. Fairly complex.
Beerhunter111 (9682) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, Rauch, Whiskey, Vanille. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, rauchig, Kaffee, Alkohol, holzig.
GenDV138 (2776) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes, consumed on 3/24/13. Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brownish black with about a third a finger of off-white head, mostly a ring around the glass. Aromas of dark fruit, booze. Tasting notes of cola, dark fruit, subtle smoke, light hops, light herbs and spices. Alcohol is well masked in the taste. Light-ish body with a dry finish.
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body under a small fizzy light brown head that vanished pretty quickly. The nose is burnt and roasty with some light smoke, licorice, caramel, and some noticeable alcohol. The flavor is a bit acrid and burnt tasting with a heavy caramel and toasty maltiness. There’s a little smoke in here, but it’s pretty light. A little too overly alcoholic for my tastes, this could use a little more body to help round out the mouthfeel and mitigate the alcohol flavor. Medium bodied with a slight stickiness up front and a warming finish. A little too much fizzy carbonation for me as well. Meh, not up my alley as far as Impy’s go.
Vaiz (3739) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Hazy brown pour, tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, yeasty, bread, ripe fruits and some roasted malts with licorice. Flavor is slightly bitter, but mostly sweet brown sugary malts. This is not an imperial stout, more like a quadrupel. Decent body, heavy carbonation. A bit too sweet and yeasty for me. Very Belgian. Completely missing the gunpowder or the smoke. Still a decent beer, but not as expected.