smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much of a head since it dies to only rim bubbles. Leaves good initial lace but there’s none at the bottom of the glass. Near black where no light shines through.
Chaulky cocoa aroma. Slightly milky.
Darker malt flavor of black patent and perhaps some burnt unmalted barley. Chewy finish with some definitive hop bitterness. Good body that seems thicker with the lower carbonation.
thornecb (5319) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany tinged black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving no lacing. Sweet dusty cocoa aromas. Full with sweet milk chocolate upfront turning slightly smoky in the lasting chocolate syrup finish.
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Minimal tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, caramel, some smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some smoke, caramel, earthy. Medium-full body, low carbonation.
harrisoni (16724) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Kook Tasting 09. Aroma is terrible, some ok soy sauce. US impy stout. This is poor.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of old leather, mild coffee and roast barley. Deep brown with cappuccino colored head. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Smokiness comes out as the beer warms but to me it is not a positive contribution. Cheers!
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark black. Very slight head, dark tan that stays for a wee bit. Creamy. Aroma definitely of chocolate. Can grab just a bit of hop aroma. Darker fruit, maybe cherries? Sweet chocolate right off the bat. Some coffee bitterness coming on at the end. Sweetish, almost like a sweet stout. Kind of thin malt for an Imp Stout. On the palate, this is silky smooth. Sadly, I think a bit of flavor may have been sacrificed to achieve this smoothness. Overall, not bad. A bit sugary and lacking that POW that imp stouts pride themselves in. Very drinkable. This would be a highly rated regular stout, but is an average imp stout. NEEDS TO BE BIGGER!
r1dermon (14) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
carbonation slightly prickly, nice roasty character, nose is rather weak, pours dark black, no transparency, head is 2 fingers middle of the glass pour, barely any lacing...
overall a nice stout.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle at chris_o’s "smash Kook’s granny tasting". Alround rating: Old sweat, my feet when iv bad athleats foot, frogs, glue and roast. Come now, oh my!
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
EBF NOTB. Not quite black in color witha tan head. A bit of a subdued aroma for an RIS- chocolate, roast are there. Taste: Roasted malt which gets a touch astringent, the body isn’t quite as full as I like RIS’s to be- alcohol very prevalent though.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a murky brown body with ruby hues and a tan head. Huge bourbon and chocolate chalky and sweet with hints of coco and dark fruit. decent.