presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The label and wax are cool, although the wax could get old if this was done on a beer you opened more often. Thanks to Jsquire for this bottle. Beer poured with a very long lasting heavy merangue/milkshake/mocha frappachino head. Half beer, half head with diamonds in the foam seen through the glass. Very strong good roasted coffee bean aroma. Big flavour, a big coffee beer. Big alcohol kick at first sip. Soft marshmallow body. Leaves behind a dusty coating. Not your everyday beer.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
***A Special thanks to my homie, Richlikebeer, for letting me have the honor of opening this beauty. 2004 bottle. Aroma of espresso,vanilla and chocolate. Poured slowly a deep rich black river with a nice choclately cap. Flavor was great, coffee and molasses mixed perfectly with traces of cherry. Palate was thick and delicious. What an awesome brew.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 March 2006 Re-rate courtesy of Eboats
Roasted malt-pumpernickel-soy sauce and dark chocolate in the aroma. Deep black with a thumb thick mocha head. Dark bakerís chocolate in the fore followed by raisins, dates, esspresso and loads of burnt malt flavor. Very rich and aggressive and still a winner.
Sampled at DenverLoganís GABF 05 party, but I couldnít get anyone to tell me whoís it was so I could thank them. Thanks whoever!
Beef boullion, pepper and black chocolate in the aroma. Deep black with a fluffed up mocha head. Molassess and black licorice in the fore. Incredibly thick. Licorice dominates the flavors, but there is bakerís chocolate, espresso, mild dark fruits like prune and dried cherries. Definitely lives up to the hype.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
í04 bottling, 22 oz. obtained in a trade with BierBauch - thanks! Pours thick, opaque and almost pure black - reminiscent of well-used motor oil - and the faintest skin of a tan head that lingered and left some lacing. The aromas are definitely not reminiscent of used motor oil, rather more like a roasty coffee, fudge with hints of soy sauce, dried prunes, figs and noticible alcohol. The flavor profile is huge, lots of dark, bitter chocolate, espresso, prune juice, molasses and an astringent roasty finish. Oh yeah, did I say noticible alcohol here as well? Though itís surprisingly well cloaked by the other flavors and sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, heavy and a bit oily, very smooth on the tongue. Not so much a beer as a decadent dessert in a bottle. Quite the treat, though with richness and high abv, I couldnít imagine drinking it on a frequent basis.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you beerhandy! Abolutely wonderful. Exactly what I would expect from an Imperial Stout. Robust and rich. Coffee, chocolate, and the right amount of sweet but not too much. Hops were just right too rounding the whole thing out for an over the top yet nicely balanced experience. Like radiomgb says, chewy and very satisfying. Yum, wish I had access to more.
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Bottle. Deep black in colour with a think lasting brown coloured head. The aroma was of dark chocolate malts, deep roast, chocolate pudding, brown sugar but a dominating sweetness. The flavour was of dark chocolate, very rich and complex, some noticable alcohol, roasty but still very sweet. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, huge body, high carbonation. Finishes with a very long roasty bitterness. Extremely sweet, I am eager to try the 2004 version and re-rate accordingly.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recieved 22oz waxed cap bottles from jcapriatti and jimmack. Pours a deep dark black color with a big creamy foamy dark brown head. Trying to swirl for some scent, the head seems to not even move. Nose is of roast, big chocolate and coffee. Some toffee, alcohol and a bit of metal are also apparent. Taste time...the head hits your mouth like extra thick chocolate milk. It quickly spreads throughout your mouth leaving lots of roasty, creamy, chocolatey coffee spots all throughout your entire palate. Some hopps poke out through the body and leave a slight bitterness on your throat.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from Torrence Liquors in Calumet City IL. Folks have PMíd me to ask if they still have it in stock. The answer is no, they got cleaned out on Sept 3rd.
Upon pouring, a massive dark tan head of tightly packed bubbles forms atop the sinister black body from which no light can escape. A good deal of foam stays to the end. Aroma of roasted dry grain, slight hint of metal and some alcohol. Very strong, bitter deep-roasted malt & bitter hops dominates the flavor. Not much sweetness at all, though a touch eventually shows up as it warms. Alcohol is well-hidden. Dry roast dominates lingering aftertaste. Slightly oily palate and tingly carbonation on the tongue. Yeh, this is good, but IMO not worth the hype and DEFINITELY not worth the $18/bottle asking price. Glad I got a second bottle anyway -- it made for good trade bait.
ahole (38) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I rated this one before, but it must not have posted....It was very poetic - fitting for such a beer.
There are so many deScriptions of this beer that i probably could not say anything that has not been said.
Dark chocolately, roasted, think, sweet, lingering, powerfull, smooth, and mind-numbing.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím not going to give a lengthy deScription of this beer, because I think others have gone into great detail, but obviously, itís a great beer. Is it in my top 5 all time-no, is it my favorite Impy Stout-no, thatíd be Speedway from Alesmith, but thereís no denying that itís very well made and visually, one of the most beautiful beers Iíve ever had. I wish I had a second bottle, because I think it could benefit from at least a year of aging.