sjogro (4651) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated 4/1/13. My bottle was from the Nov. 2012 vintage, and was 16.2%. Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. It’s not the thickest looking pour I’ve seen, especially taking its gravity into consideration. The head it an amazing 4 finger mocha shade with retention belying its strength. There’s even some lacing left on the glass, as well.
S: My first impression of the aroma is how insanely chocolaty it is. Given a chance to open up, it develops a breadier tone, with plummy sweetness being a constant throughout. I’m really impressed how well concealed the alcohol is, too.
T: Initially, chocolate drapes over the palate heavily, before it gives way to notes of yeast and dark fruits. Where it falters is in the finish - it’s almost obnoxiously alcoholic (certainly nothing like the nose indicated). It certainly feels like it’s every bit of the advertised 16.2%, unlike some massive stouts that do a decent job of hiding the gravity. Actually, it’s the lack of impressive depth that’s the real killer here...still, gotta love the chocolate character.
M: It doesn’t feature the thick sweetness I half-expected given its 16.2%. Naturally, this helps bring the boozy nature to the forefront. Still, the drinkability is quite reasonable considering everything that’s occurring within the flavor profile.
O: Right now, it’s pretty damn harsh and unrefined. But, it has a lot of potential to improve. Given a few years of age, this one could become extremely impressive.
Sampled from bottle at THT October. Black with light tan head. Big sweet deep roasted chocolate malt. Massive alcohol and ash bitter. Full body and soft carbonation. Soft carbonation. Maakun (6298) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2017
Bottle shared at THT, 2014 17.1%. Black with dark beige head. Some smoke, massive sweet toffee and caramel, lots of bitter alcohol and herbs, nuts, blackberries, dried cranberries. Quite sweet, very bitter and light tart. Almost full bodied with lots of alcohol. Way too boozy. MrTipple (5959) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2017
Intense dark chocolate, cacao, caramel, sweet oak. Hazy, very dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Light sweet. More intense dark chocolate, cacao, dark, toasted malts, oak, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very nice Impy. Keg at the brewery, Boulder. mR_fr0g (13190) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017
Bottle shared on Level 42 for Cloin's 20K Tasting, 13/09/2017. Batch 1. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. A dark brown oily pour with a loose dirty tan head. Aroma is salty roast, tangy roast, red cranberry, jammy fruit. Flavour is composed of super sweet, sticky brown malts, salty, soy, molasses, sticky mapel. Palate is medium sweet, lowish carbonation, sticky. Decent for the age. Theydon_Bois (20454) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle split at my 20 KAY tastin, thanks to the Kenny ... batch fucken juan 2006, 13/09/17.
Black with a decent tan cap that thins to a swirl.
Nose is dark fruit rinds, dates, light smoke, black pepper, faint roast, dark chocolate.
Taste comprises sticky dark fruit compote, dates, raisens, melted brown sugars, light oxidisation, ripe fruits.
Full body, fine to oily carbonation, warming boost in the close.
Decent ... has aged well.
tmrmwel (2204) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2017
andrepintado (3609) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 10, 2017
Bottle, 2016. Pours black, with a creamy, mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, with bread, cocoa, liquorice and muscovado, as well as wooden barrels. Creamy body, with very soft carbonation. Flavour is dark malts, with cocoa, muscovado and liquorice, as well as wooden notes.
Bottle. Dark color. Thin medium brown head. Taste is medium high bitter, medium sweet. Medium body. Dry finish. Aroma and flavour is alcohol, mint, fruit, chocolate, coffee, toffee, chili. Vighals (4371) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2017 Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Lukter alkohol, svisker og mørkefrukter. Fyldig. Smaker brent mørk kaffe, salt lakris, havre, dadler og svisker. Salt og alkohol i avslutningen. Torrefacto (1736) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2017
Quemado intenso, resinas, azúcar. Cuerpo denso y final de amargor quenado y astringente. Ronritter (874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2017
12oz bottle black pour fluffy tan head aroma of booze and cocoa taste is sweet chocolate, bitter coffee and a nice warming booze finish my kinda beer