Hair6a11 (1356) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is cola brown with a fine bubbled khaki head int his glass. Average retention, light lacing is present here. The nose is butterscotch, roast, coffee, and cocoa by my estimation. Different, for sure. I donít know exactly how I feel about this - but Iíve never had anything like it. The flavor profile reveals bitter hops , definitely different for a RIS; more butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, ash, pine, roasty notes and coffee beans ; this is an interesting beer for sure - yet I donít think itís a perfect marriage.
burg326 (3670) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared with Preismj after Hunahpu, pours a dark black color, sweet malt, pine, chocolate, coffee, hops, and some vanilla. Flavors of booze, chocolate, ash, pine, coffee, and vanilla come through. Surprising there is some unexpected hop flavor that comes in the middle of drink which was rather pleasant. Overall a pretty good beer that I am glad I got to sample.
Ratman197 (9800) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bombe poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, coffee, light grapefruit and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, coffee, bitter chocolate, earthiness and light grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering coffee finish.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared amongst friends. Iím gonna give this one a perfect score because frankly I canít remember the last time I had a straight up IS that tasted this good. Not sure how much of each beer was blended together but it works perfectly!
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black - the way an Impy should be. Heavy, oily in the mouth. I was disappointed in the poor aggressiveness of the aroma. Taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted hickory. Retains its lacing well.
radagast83 (4641) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 22oz bottle with friends - poured a dark near-pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma was bitter chocolates, coffee, touch of hop character. Flavor was, a bit disappointing - a bit burnt chocolate, bitter coffee, mellow notes all around. I think from what Iíve had of the non-blended beers, this one is not greater than the sum of its parts. Interesting experiment though.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Craig for the taste. Deep black pour with a small head. Malty sweet, roasted grain and chocolate aroma. Chocolate is huge in the taste with lots of roasted grain to balance it. Damn good.
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Craig. It pours deep dark mahogany with tan head. The aroma offers up some toffee and butterscotch followed by dark roasted malts and black strap molasses. The taste has highly roasted malts and spicy black strap molasses and then slightly lesser amounts of chocolate brownie. Darn this tastes amazing as the richness is well blended and harmonious. Thanks for bringing this Craig!
sherm1016 (1148) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, purchased at FFF XV. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, coffee, smokey, chocolate. A little heavy on the palate with lively, creamy carbonation. Flavor is bittersweet, lots of coffee, some chocolate, just a small hint of vanilla, with a bitter, coffee finish. Pretty tasty, but I think the underlying beers are better on their own.
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to a trade with stoutfest. Pours a nice thick body, thinner then I was expecting. The flavour was quite nice. You could tell it was a blend, not that you could pick out the individual beers but it had a lot of taste going all around. It was quite sweet and it was just a solid beer.