DialSquare (5028) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Bottle courtesy of mitchgt. Black pour with big foamy tan head and weak lacing. Pleasant roasty aroma of coffee, chocolate, nuts and dark fruits. Taste is more of the same with a salty vibe. Dark chocolate, oats, espresso and coffee. The finish is dry, leather, little smoke and the aforementioned salt. Nice creamy medium texture with a light spike of carbonation in the end. Wasn’t blown away by this at first - but appreciated it more with each sip. berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle (50cl) from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Batch 267 (BB May 2015). Pitch black colour (seemingly impenetrable by light). Inch-thick greyish beige head, slowly settling down, leaving a fair amount of coarse lacework. Tremendous aroma, fruity dark roasted malt, coffee, tar, licorice, herbs, whisky, rum - I could just sniff this for hours! Smooth, oily mouthfeel, full-bodied. Soft carbonation. Fairly sweet taste, expertly balanced by a modest hop bitterness and some saltiness. Nice, lingering bittersweet aftertaste. Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Pours with a thick, half-finger of dark tan head; almost coal black color that is deep and totally dense.
Aroma pretty powerful, and can pick up on the roasted qualities show up prior to even bringing the glass close to my nose; fresh coffee; bittersweet chocolate and a burnt roastiness as well. Taste follows the aroma quite well, and the alcohol doesn’t rear up in the aroma or the flavor, but is hugely warming on the back of the throat. Deep roastiness is the key here in terms of flavor, some dark chocolate without much sweetness, very tasty. MF is medium, and almost feels a bit too thin to support the weight of flavors coming across; vibrant carbonation. Definitely an enjoyable sipping brew, warming, tasty, and a damn fine example of the style. Very enjoyable.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Black pour, tan head. Sweet chocolatey nose, some raisin and other dark fruit. Hoppy stout qualities, some nuts, chocolate, but very aggressive bitterness. Clean and bright, maybe too cold, but not many complexities that I want in an impy...some alcohol bite and deep alcoholic body keeps it imperial, but flavorwise I think its fairly lacking in depth. rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2010
500 ml bottle. Finland. Batch #115.
TaxiDriver (1775) - Stadland, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2010
Pitch black colour with tiny tan head.
Roasted malt, coffee and liquorice in aroma.
Flavour is roasted malt, bitter hops, dark fruits and coffee. Smoothish. Bitter hoppy aftertaste. Balanced but slightly too much coffee for being perfect for my taste.
Bottle. A very sweet aroma, light fruity and light bitter smell of coffee. The beige creamy head is medium large, the body is black. It tasted of malt, quite bitter, very nice. The body is dry and creamy, medium strong with a rather lively carbonation. A very nice Stout. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle thanks to riversideAK! I couldn’t wait to drink this one as its been on my wants list for some time. Pours black with nicely retained tan head. Nose is strong coffee, raisins, plums and chocolate bar. Taste is roasted malts, chocolates, dark fruits, coffee, vanilla beans and a very slight booze finish. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark blackish w 3f brown head. Nose is roasty dark malt, dark choc, oaky fruit, with a flavor of figgy dark fruit, darrk malt, dark choc, raisins, hops, and molasses. Rock solid. kschep (1707) - DENMARK - JUN 13, 2010
alcohol, smoke, woody, basement aromas, leather, resin, herbs, nuts, chocolate, coffee, roasty, Brix (660) - DENMARK - JUN 13, 2010
Tasted 2010-05-07. Sample at festival. Pours pitch black, unclear with creamy, lacy, nut brown head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Medium sweetness and bitterness. Long lasting aftertaste. Huge body. Well balanced.