sherm1016 (1029) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Town Hall Brewery, the week following Barrel Aged Week 2013. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head that quickly recedes. Aroma is chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Medium to heavy on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, roasty, bourbon, some alcohol heat, a little oak, with a sweet, roasty finish. A very nice BA Impy Stout.
mnmike (978) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap during the barrel aged preview. Great smoothness here and some interesting side flavor additions like a coconut element.
thome50 (848) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the 2012 release, thanks Matty and Marks! (Not infected bottle) Pours a jet black with tan head that is bigger than I expected. Aroma is coffee, malt, pecan pie. Taste is oak barrel up front, kinda the first time for that , toffee, light coffee grounds and some odd hop stuff going on. Overall, rad beer 6 months after bottling.
Enjoyit (3081) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of ash, spicy, roasted, oak and weak pepper. A flavor of roasted malt, liqurice, sour, redwine, oak and chocolate.
phredrik (998) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Motherbrother - thanks! Aroma reveals a hint of freshly grinded coffee, black malts, black currants, very similar to an oak aged red wine - barrels seem to be used and don’t show any of the bourbon it used to store. Dark berries like black berries and currants are very evident, definitely not your average BA imperial stout. Taste is dry and intensely tannic - black currants and roasted tartness, huge woody oak profile which makes the beer resemble an oak aged red wine - think cabernet. Liquorice and dark chocolate in the finish. Very different and interesting, although far from what I expected.
crossovert (6081) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice ba stout. Sweet caramel and some fruitiness. Not really a multi faceted stout but good.
ekstedt (5076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of _angst_. Black with beige head. Strong salmiak roasted aroma, with coffee, tar, and strong vanilla and coconut barrel notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Semi dry, salty bitterness.
Marsiblursi (2974) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours black creamy brown head. The aroma holds deep malt with notes of dark bread, creamy chocolate, touch off coffee powder and liquorice. Undertones of brown sugar, balanced vanilla/coconut oak, cream, peanuts and blueberries. The flavor is light sweet, near medium bitter and light acidic with notes of perfect roast (a perfect malt bill), balanced oak, some blueberries, liquorice, tobacco and subtle hops. A bit too sour. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a soft carbonation. Balanced and yummy finish. Medium to full bodied. Fantastic, maybe a tad bit infected.
_angst_ (2255) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Pandableh! Pours oily viscous pitch black with a nice-looking frothy dark mocha head that slowly dissipates while sticking to the glass leaving some thick lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut, charred wood, chocolate cake, black pepper, burnt caramel, toffee and sweet dark bread. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour and malty with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, prunes, brown sugar, vanilla fudge, roasted caramelized nuts, pine, lemon zest, moist soil, moist wood and sweet dark bread. Mouthfeel is round, smooth, soft, silky and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, dark quality chocolate, dark roast coffee, pumpernickel, dark honey, coconut, charred wood and vanilla fudge. If it wasn’t for the weird sourness this could have been the perfect beer.
rlgk (8978) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a nice brown head that leaves quite quickly. Malty vinous chocolate aroma, figs, plums, dades, cocoa, licorice, licorice, coffee, some oak, quite nicely mixed. Hoppy roasted flavor, biscuits, acidic, hay, raisins, dades, roasted, coffee, oak, licorice. A bit sourish and that’s too bad, since this beer has huge potential.