BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thought about this for rating 2,000...glad I chose to go a different direction! Beautiful squid ink body with a light khaki head that left ringlets all the way down the glass. Aroma was subtle chocolate, caramel malt, vanilla, and toffee. Flavor is uncomfortably sweet...eye-crossing, in fact. Lots of vanilla bean, brown sugar, touch of molasses, & slight brownie batter. A little hot. The individual components are definitely better than the sum of their parts. Not sure how Mikkeller, 3 Floyd’s, Surly, & Struise would settle on this. I know my expectations might have been high but, come on!
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours black with some tan head that quickly dissipates. Aromas are toffee, caramel, and coffee. Tastes are roasted malt, toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and some raisin. Body is full with average carbonation. Very complex and it keeps changing through the long finish. Very well done beer for a blend. Glad I was able to try this one.
JoePeesie (904) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a jet black with tan head. They choice a great selection of beers to blend for their 15th anniversary. Each beer adds to the complexity of this tasty treat. There is a nice amount of oaky woody bourbony taste. The coffee and chocolate shine thru nicely. This beer was as good as the hype, not something I usually say.
_honus_ (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with a half inch of tan head that dissipates quickly. Dark mocha color and big boozy legs. Nose reeks of roasted coffee beans, sweet dark chocolate, and noticeable alcohol. Taste is immediately reminiscent of the beer geek brunch, primarily roasted bitter coffee with big chocolate notes and a hint of vanilla. The finish is characterized primarily by the high alcohol. Low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel that lingers. I actually prefer this over the beer geek brunch, but it seems to be all that I can taste (or at least think about) when I sip it.
Hair6a11 (1399) - 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 don’t know exactly how I feel about this - but I’ve 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 don’t think it’s a perfect marriage.
burg326 (4231) - 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 (10538) - 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. I’m gonna give this one a perfect score because frankly I can’t 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 (5311) - 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 I’ve had of the non-blended beers, this one is not greater than the sum of its parts. Interesting experiment though.