Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brown, large lasting tan head. Powerfully malty nose, not exaggerating on the roastiness, but picking on subtler smoky and fruity (plum, date Ė actually not subtly fruity at all for an impy ) domains instead. The chocolate heaviness, hinting at cacao and coffee loses the flavour dominance game only to the sweet mapleish molasses aura. Nuances its discourse with suggestions of charcoal, cigar and campfire to become a winner. Very full bodied, creamy texture, smooth carbonation, dry palate. Alcohol remains totally under control while the master tells his speech and the roastiness feels like a grilled dessert, procuring a gentle bitterness that is surprisingly soft for west coast, avoiding the traps of astringency. Iím surprised this is not rated higher, the few samples I had I rank up there with my favourite imperials..
Ernest (5869) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is heavily malty (chocolate, caramel, coffee), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This was the easy stout winner for me at GABF, and I must have gotten 6 pours before all was said and done. Beautiful strong malty nose, luxurious mouthfeel like liquid velvet, very rich and sweet but with a finishing balance that never fatigued. Really want to try this again someday in larger quantities...guess I should go visit my brother in Salem and drive up there.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Dog and Pony. This is great stuff, but itís very clearly chosen one side of the aisle. Pours a deep opaque black with a relatively brief thick moussy tan head. Smells sweet and syrupy. Is sweet and syrupy. Tastes sweet and syrupy. Thick body, but not sticky or chewy. Syrupy, in fact. Licorice, chocolate, some toffee and molasses. Anise. A little phenol as it warms. Not very much a differentiated beer; itís a celebration of the unconverted sugars in big stouts. A Russian Imperial Cordial, if you will. Tasty and fun to drink, but a pint was probably a bit much. Laura didnít seem to mind her mistake in pouring íem that way, though, even when her boss showed up hours later and happened to mention that itís best served in goblets. We didnít mind either. This is probably the Northwest Mephistopheles.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Brouwerís Cafť: Black as night, moderate light Brown head, frothy, spotty lacing.   Sweet roasted malt nose.   Slight hints of dark pitted fruit and chocolate, very subtle but noticeable.   Its definetely not a gagger (Daysha says so).   Slight alcohol but its manageable.   Smooth, very smooth.   More and more fig/date/prune emerges as it warms.   If this is 12.7%, you would never guess it.   Very full bodied.   Mouthfel is smooth, almost silky.   Clean finish, some hop bite on top of a huge bittersweet chocolate malt base.   Lingering dark pitted fruit.   Fantastic stuff!
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2005: Opaque with a firm creamy beige head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of roasted, smoked, and caramel malts; bourbon, woody and vanilla; prune and molasses; and a espresso shot for good measure. A big alcohol bite aggressive attacks the palate and open the way for the fruity and lush malt character of the beer to take hold. Touch of wood and vanilla lead to a final salty, smoky and earthy conclusion. The feel is sticky, lush and inviting till the alcohol punches you about the head repeatly, so I had three samples ícause I am into pain. Outstanding Impy as it is big and bold. Perhaps still a bit too young and brash.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black black color with almost black head and black lacing. The aroma has some alcohol & roasted notes along with soy sauce, maple syrup & molasses. The flavor is really nice, so much complexity; grapes, honey, fig, coffee, whiskey, toast. Finishes smooth, no detectable alcohol taste in the finish and it causes my mouth to water for more. This is a damn fine Imperial Stout, definately up to the task of rivaling the Dark Lord. Just to note, I got a glass that was mostly Jaywalker plus a dash of the Black Cherry Stout and it made one of the best damn beers I've ever tasted. The drive here alone along 14 was worth the trip but this just topped all my expectations. If you can make it here, DO IT!
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[3067-20100702] Sample. Thick woody roast malt aroma. Dark brown black body with a medium-lasting foamy dark brown head. Toasty roast malt flavour has long sweet roast malt and coffee roast notes. Full body. Very nice.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So this beer was so special that Eric even rated it. Handbottle thanks to Jeremy- thanks Buckeyeboy. Pours a pure black color with a medium frothy brown head. The aroma was rich and fruity, huge roasted malts. The flavor was heavy and almost oily (awesome), sweet roasted malts, lots of dark fruit, prunes and sweeter fruit, hot and somehow very smooth. A very good Impy. In fact, very damn good.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2010. Finally got a chance to try this beer after wanting it for about 8 years. Pours a nice big oily pitch black with some thin head- lasting. Aroma is oily, licorice, light smoke, big roast, big black dark chocolate, bittersweet, medium fruitiness- plum, raisin, dates. Flavor is coffee, roast, chocolate, fruits, almost get a woody oaky bourbon character, although not sure if this is BA? Inky plum, viscous body, vanilla, chocolate, some sweet molasses with a bitter finish and alcohol heat. GOod!
TheBeerGod (4903) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at RBSG 2006. Black with a light almost a maple-syrup-on-lightly-burnt-pancakes aroma. Some chocolaty and roasted malt compliment to that as well. Taste is malty, roasted, dark fruits, molasses and chocolate. Body is rich and full with a big carbonation feel to it. Finishes with more roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. Nice one!