Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Poured very deep brown with a huge cap of dense, darker beige head.. looked great, but a little too much head. The aroma picked up a sweet kick of raisiny fruits, burnt molasses, and dry-roasted darker chocolates.. dry, dusty yeast laced throughout, with a recurring theme of dark fruit.. vanilla, toffee, and biscuits provided additional sweetness.. this was a little heavy on the sweets, but it sure as hell masked the alcohol! The flavor found burnt molasses, dark chocolate, and raisins at the core.. definite dusty Belgian-inspired yeast laced throughout, along with an alcohol presence that was certainly bigger than the nose.. greener coffee and earthy bitterness too.. building heat through the swallow, finishing kind of like a rough port (but with more chocolate and molasses). Heavier-bodied and quite sweet on the palate.. velvety, rolling carbonation as promised, but the warmth just became too much.. spicy, with a very long tailing impression to it.. this has a chance to become very good in the cellar, if the hops and boozage mellow out.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry aroma of malts and chocolate. Flavor is smooth and long lasting, featuring roasted malts that lead into a chocolate finish. Very smooth texture with a fizzy, Belgian-like carbonation. All in all, impressive.
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Large brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, earthy, plum, light alcohol burn. Taste is moderately sweet, earthy, some grapefruit, roast, plum/vinous, dark chocolate, alcohol. Smooth full body, some effervescence.
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is good with fruit, coffee, chocolate, chicory, and burnt toast. The appearance is dark brown with a beige head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a good beer but the alcohol is not well hidden.
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a really fizzy beer. lots of flavor with a chocolate overtone with a rich caramel presence. slight fruity with a great after taste
Nephilium (1414) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice chocolate and roast aroma starts this beer off. It pours an opaque black with a huge sticky chocolate colored head. Very smooth mouthfeel, with good chocolate and roast notes. This is a really hot beer though... I may pick up a couple of bottles to cellar and see how age treats it.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a black body with a creamy, dense, finger-width, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a very nice lacing. Pretty beer. Aroma is solid. A nice array of roast, Belgian yeast and spicing, red wine, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, banana, caramel, and smoke. Nothing takes the forefront. Everything blends together very nicely. Flavor is pretty intense upon first sip, but settles nicely. Lots of caramel, Belgian yeast, very dark chocolate, and somewhat dark fruits up front. Fairly sweet, but deep. A smooth vanilla, banana, and a good amount of spices come in before this finishes vinous with a higher alcohol warmth, although not boozy tasting. The roast and a nice smoke help dry this out along with some fruity esters, licorice, and a moderate earthy bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and higher carbonation. Overall, a nice Belgian Impy. Lots of fruit, spices, and yeast mix with plenty of chocolate, caramel, and roasts. A little too warming for my tastes and not as rounded as I would like, but this was solid and enjoyable. Definitely an intense flavored impy.
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Surprisingly complicated. Smells of strong barley and coffee, chocolate, cereal, And a faint bit of hops. Surprisingly complicated for such a dark beer. Pours a very deep, almost black. Finishes with strong malt, caramel, and chocolate.
jrob21 (2676) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impy stout is a weird category to try to lump this in too. I guess it has some of the requisite characteristics of the style in the roasted malt and intense sweetness. A little chocolate and creamy texture. There is a lot of earthiness though too imparted by some interesting yeast. I would put this into an american strong category. Also as this thing warms it changes character drastically. Getting much more viscous as it warms and a little more fruity as well. Pretty interesting drink. Very developed. You could put this down for a while and burn off some of that alcohol too and get a nice drink as well I bet.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out black with some brown foam. Smells roasty yeasty. Taste is bitter roast with sweet malt. Big flavors of coffee, cocoa, with alcohol. Nice fruity earthy yeast character with lots of carbonation. Smooth creamy but somewhat sticky with some warming. Good not great.