footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Irishboy for sending this and to cbkshubert for hand-bottling this. Very Good fill. Did an aggressive fill and wound up with a very nice rich tan foamy head. Lots of chocolate flavors here and very thick on the tongue. Just a dash of bitterness here but really loads of chocolate and some roasted malts and coffee. Thanks to both of you guys.
SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to cbkshubert for sending this one and decaturstevo for sharing it at our Nashville tasting!!
Hand bottled 12 oz.
Thin fleeting head over an opaque black brew.
Pleasant aroma not of coffee, but of roasting coffee; extra point for the first time I’ve experienced this aroma in a beer.
Tart bitter flavor that finishes dry and hides it’s alcohol well. An interestingly different Impy worth a try.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Hand bottled sample from Decaturstevo at the Nashville Tasting. Very nice aroma chocolate and coffee beans. Pours deep brown with a thin black head. Initial flavor of roast coffee, with some dry burnt notes. This transitions to notes of molasses, nuts, and vanilla. Bitter finish that is a bit prickly on the palate. Nice beer.
jason (1827) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Hand bottled from hopdog, thanks. Nice roasted malty aroma with a dark body and nice size head. Full bodied flavor with a nice coffee and malt profile that was smooth and warming. Finishes well. Good stout.
Update: as god as last time. Very smooth and does indeed provide a nice warming finish as before. Good stout. Rating unchanged.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
black body with a little dark brown head.aroma of coffee,chocolate,dark fruit,and molasses.flavor mixed up the aroma along with a bit of smoke.pretty solid stuff.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz hand bottled from Growler from cbkschubert (thanks a million for this!). Poured a dark, dark black with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, cocoa, caramel, and coffee. Tastes of roast, citrus, coffee, caramel, and I was getting some dark fruits. Alcohol content well hidden. Lacing left on the glass. I’m glad I had the chance to try this one - thanks again!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to hopdog for seeking this out per my request and bringing the hand bottled bomber to the tasting...
Appears black with a dark brown hue and a dark tan head that quickly fades into a small collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, earthy, cocoa, caramel, and brown sugar.
Taste is of sweet cocoa, hoppy, light citrus, roasted nuts, espresso, and dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, earthy, grainy, full bodied, light woodiness, citrus, and coffee along the tongue.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a mocha head. Heavy smoke and mollases, caramel, toffee, and more caramel. Taste is espresso, chocolate, caramel. Taste like a caramel filled chocolate covered espresso bean.
IrishBoy (4078) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottled from growler; Nose of coffee and chocolate; Opaque brown with a small tan head; flavor of chcolate and a little chocolate in a medium body.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog! Pours a deep balck with a smaller light tan creamy head that left some lace. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and hints of hops. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and hints of hop bitterness.