flatmatt (1163) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle. Pours black with a large tan head. Great aroma, roastiness, cocoa, coffee, citrus, and smoke. Flavor again has the roastiness, coffee, smoke, bitter cocoa and hoppy hints. Wouldn’t mind the flavors being even more bold in strength, but the flavors themselves are definitely right.
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep faintly translucent garnet body, thin tight light brown head. Nose of smoked peat, burnt sugars, roast, and hints of coffee. Peaty, smoky body with burnt brown sugars and a bitter, nearly astringent finish. Has an interesting, strong tea-leaf character. A classic strong Euro-porter.
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(50cl bottle) near black pour, thick very dark tan head. Nose of chalky cocoa powder, tiny bit of olive, milk chocolate and a mild hop presence. Taste of coffee, medium bitterness, cocoa powder and a bit dank as well.
Rune (8503) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 500ml bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo and carried back home for sharing with Finn and MrSoul. A very dark brew with a ruby tint to its body and covered with a decent, fawn-coloured hue. Spotty lace to the glassware. Anise, ashy malts and dark fruits to the nose. Bittersweet malty taste including liquorice and chocolate. Roasted malt-bitter ending. Noticeable but integrated alcohol. Feels good on the swallow. Tasty (Tromsø, 22.09.2011).
larsniclas (5747) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at CBF11
Balck with an orange/beige head.
Milky and roasted chocolate in both aroma and flavour.
Ernest (6356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted/burnt grain, bitter chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of charred evergreen wood, Scotch whisky, licorice, light note of iodine/salt.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, creamy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
An interesting beer. It’s definitely one to put hair on your chest...the aroma is very roasty and whisky-ish (perhaps more so, or more attractively so, than a lot of barrel-aged stouts)...there’s no caramel or sweet chocolate here to soften things; this is a very "manly" brew, but without really being abrasive or boozy. The smoke in this case is more of just a boost to the roasted grain char odor, more lean and ashy, not anything at all like Schlenkerla’s meaty smoked malt. Plenty warming, but not hot/burning. But I must admit, without something to soften (and sweeten, in both senses of the word) the edges, it’s a little challenging to drink the whole bottle (due to bitterness rather than sweetness). It’s very rare for me to complain about an Impy not being quite sweet enough, but this is one of those cases. And in that same vein, the mouthfeel is lighter-bodied than you would expect. Pump up the malt sweetness and richness just a bit and this would be 4+ very very easily...then get some Schlenkerla-quality smoked malt in here, and you could be pushing 5.0 territory. Lots of potential with this recipe!
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In taster at Urge gastropub in RB. Looks black as night. Brown filmy head. Honestly smells like creamy hops. Very thick and creamy with much chocolate. Great lacing. Also a bit rough near the end. Overall 8 of 10.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, smoke, coffee, roasting, light chocolate, and hops. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, tan/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, hops, pine, tar, slight chocolate, and some wood. Yummy. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, tar, light chocolate, pine, coffee finish is dry. 10.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout. A really good beer.
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours deep black with lots of head and lacing, would be a 5 if it wasn’t for some floaties. Smell is hops up front with some dark malts. The hops carry over to the flavor, as pine dominates. Some chocolate in there as well, not picking up smoke honestly. Tasty, different take on a stout.
gnoff (7983) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Haket during Gothenburg Beer Festival 2011
Sampled on Friday September 2, 2011
Dark red color, light brown head. Malty, sweet, wood, hoppy scent. Malty, sweet, hoppy, bitter, dry taste. Smooth yet spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.