tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Near black with tan head. Lots of chocolate, but a bit too much coffee for my taste MaxxDaddy (419) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 On tap at HDG. Part 2 of an indeterminite length ratings miniseries entitled "Getting back beastiefan2k’s buddyship." Oh baby...utter blackness with plenty of that tan head I enjoy so much. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, and piney hops. Based on my previous experiences with hoppy stouts...well just the one, I’m not sure if I enjoy them much. Well, this makes it 1 for 2. Totally decadent. When it first hits your tongue, you can sense you’re in for good ride. Creamy chocolate and slight pine hops hit you first, along with the 2nd most luscious mouthfeel I’ve ever experienced (1st is Raspberry Eisbock). So beautifully thick, yet not to the point of sticky syrupiness. After that first wave of great taste, comes the roasty portion of this huge beer. It stays with me to the end, giving me a coffee aftertaste for quite some time. What else can I say, this beer is truly awesome. Glad I’ve got a bottle of 7740 in the fridge. I think I’ll sit on it for a while. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Draught at HDG. Poured straight black with a rich brown creamy head leaving broad sheets of lacing. Aroma of rich dark chocolate, dark coffee along with a vinous and/or Godiva liqueur note. This one is truly exceptional. Rich, dark, molten chocolate malts infused with underlying notes of ultra-dark roast espresso coffee. Wonderful roasty bittersweet flavors of the malts complimented by a precise addtion of hops. Full velvety body that’s in no way syrupy. This one is clearly a top Impy. I just wish it was cold and snowy out when I tried it--then it would have been an etheral experience. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2007
draft- pitch black, with a nice tan head, and good carbonation for the style. Bittering from the hops does well against some burnt coffee undertones. chocalte is predominate here. velvety smooth mouthfeel. great. BigDaddyBlues (48) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Hoppier than I like in a stout but not so hoppy that it was distracting like with the Yeti. This one had such a great malt flavor and smell. It is not up there with AleSmith but it was an outstanding stout.
yespr (48876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
RBSG07. From bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is hoppy and and sweet raisin. Flavour is soft malty, chocolate, raisin sweet. Finish is slight bitter on top of the coffee note. Very nice indeed. PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Tap at Hop Devil: Pours an opaque black, thick with an extremely deep brown, thick consistent head. Enormous aroma. Thick malts, chocolate, almost brownie-like, roasted barley, licorice and wood notes. Has an amazingly full body without being syrupy or cloying, just velvety and perfect. Thick dark chocolate flavors everywhere. Has some light licorice/anisette suggestions with a roasty espresso character, making it almost like an Irish coffee. There’s an extreme hop dryness to balance the ridiculous body. The finish is long, roasty, mocha-like/hoppy and dry. bmartin08 (12) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Wow, as good as it gets! Definately a top 5 beer in my book but thats not saying much! 12oz bottle courtesy of Drewbeerme. Thanks Andrew! Love this beer, a nice thick pour with barely a head on it. Strong notes of coffee and fairly smokey. Drinking this with a bar of dark chocolate is one helluva desert! kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2007
12oz bottle; batch 7817. Poured pitch black, with a one finger creamy brown head that lasts forever. Complex aroma; coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, plum, and hops. Big malt flavor, complimented with coffee, smoke, hops, and some dried fruit. Full bodied. The beer is excellent, but I recall finding previous batches more flavorful and more enjoyable. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2007
What can be said? This beer is larger than life; The 10.5% ABV is considerable, but this beer is so powerful that you’d think it’s somewhere up around 17 or 18. Magnificent taste, complex flavors of licorice and coffee, chocolate, and some nice grains. Amazing.