antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle. Found this at a buddy’s house. He said it came from a sampler pack from World Market. No telling how old this one is, as there is no markings on the bottle. Pours a daek black with a small thin tan head. Very little carbonation. The aroma is full of chocolate, coffee. The flavor is a very strong coffee flavor, with a high alcohol taste and over-roasted malt.. I would have thought the ABV was higher than 6% on the flavor alone. A very thin mouthfeel. Not a bad stout, but I would not call it Imperial. Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 Had this years ago at a tasting at TimE’s place with Presario and Chinese Hercules. Weak even for a stout thin and lacked body. I will have to disagree with Michael Jackson on this one. Page 53 of MJ’s GBG. only 469 Classic Brews to go. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2006
12 oz bottle, via BA BeerBeing. Pours a pitch black colored body under a tight bubbled small dark brown head that faded to a thin film. Aroma is roasted and burnt malt dominated with lighter notes of coffee, chalk, and alcohol. Touches of caramel and bitter chocolate. Flavor is mostly burnt astringent malt. There is some chocolate and light alcohol as well, but not much else makes it past all that burnt malt. Mouthfeel is fairly thinnish for the style with a somewhat watery texture. Moderate forced fizzy carbonation actually accentuates the astringency. Overall, this was OK but overly thin and fizzy for the style. A little lighter than average Imperial Stout. hophead48116 (2) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2006 does not count
A fanastic imperial stout. too bad it is no longer made. hope someone picks it up. Chocolatey, coffee flavor, nice and rich and malty. best imperial I have had. Just snagged 5 six packs...lucky me...maybe the last 5 on the planet. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Bomber. Pours black with amber edges and a tight brown head. The aroma is quite chocolatey, with some blended coffee notes. Reminds me of a Frappuccino, actually, with an occasional waft of hops in there. The flavor is tree bark at first, then more subtle coffee and chocolate. A malty sweetness runs about for a while, but the finish is on the dry side. Chalky aftertaste. Ok, but it lacks something.
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2006
12 oz bottle: Thick black pour with a thick brown head. Aroma is heavy malt notes, chocolate, honey, roasted coffee, and a subtle hop backing. Taste is nice big malt note, chocolate, definite coffee, toffee, and heavy cream. Palate consists of a lingering sweetness and a nice coffee texture. Overall, It’s pretty good. Not the blow you away Imperial stout I’m used to though. Maybe it’s not best suited for this style. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2006
2003 bottle. Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of cinnamon. Appearance: Pours an oily looking black with a nice medium tan head. Head disappeared rapidly. Some lacing. Flavor: Roasted coffee, chocolate, raisins, dried cherries, a touch of vanilla. Palate: Medium bodied. Seems a little light compared to more ’modern’ IS’s. Noticeable astringency from the roasted malt. Hop bitterness hung around a little longer than I would have liked. Overall: I found this bottle tucked into the back of my closet. Forgot I had it. This is billed as the Original American Imperial Stout, but it doesn’t hold up to the newcomers. Seems thin, and weak flavored compared to some others out there. NachlamSie (3481) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2006
bottle. Black with reddish tints and a fine dark tan head. The aroma is promising with plenty of bitter coffee notes though accompanied with mustiness and not much else. This has a great start of smoky, bittersweet espresso but really doesn’t achieve optimum balance. It has a bit of chocolaty malt detectable, but not quite enough to really balance this stout out. Basically, the bitter espresso notes are huge but nothing else really is, it’s a little thin. stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Way too thin on the palate for this style. Like old motor that’s lost it’s viscosity. I’ve come to expect more from Impys. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2006
pours quite thin for the style. translucent black body with a tan head. big astringent roasty espresso aroma. nice imp stout aroma. heavy espresso flavor with some sweet chocolate. very thin body for an imperial stout. roasty finish lingers. decent stout but there wasnt much about this beer that made me think that it was an imperial.