drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2007
On tap at the brewpub, rating from memory, pours black with tan head. really intense coffee nose. a very nice and rich dark coffee flavor dominate the flavor and causes this to be delicious and way off balanced. very tasty. TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Draft: Deep black. Burnt orange foam. Charcoal, burnt toffee, vibrant espresso, seared oak, and hints of campfire smoke fill the nostrils. Soft, fuzzy pricks of carbonation. Delightfully viscous, however. Decadent layers of bitter chocolate and espresso blanket the substantial hoppiness, initially. Espresso continues at full throttle, and expresses a vibrant yet meaty quality which pulls the palate downward with a tug of suppleness. Immense complexity here. Alcohol overexerts itself at the center, as does a subtle vegetal characteristic, but the alcohol is short lived. Dried plums provide a dab of acidity and complement the seemingly endless depth of richness. Molasses and port wine notes contribute more chewiness. Notes of char remain prominent, deepening the fruitiness with a burnt custard and ashen malt overlay. Finishes slightly chewy with yeast, but remarkably flavorsome and multilayered with burnt cookies and charred malts drizzled with melted fudge, dense espresso, and beefy molasses. Overall, the alcohol detracts from some of the more-polished elements of the flavor, and the fuzzy carbonation is the body’s only culprit, as the texture is slightly less than flawless. Still lots to love about this. Another commendable effort. TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
GABF 2006. Black body. Nose is pure coffee. Dark roasted malts and oily coffee beans. Taste is coffee - dark coffee with oily beans like a French Roast or Espresso. Dark roasted malts and hint of dark, bittersweet chocolate. Body is medium-full and vibrant. Ends with more coffee, roasted malts and a lingering bitterness. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2006
On tap at the brewery on 10/21/2006 at the 2nd monthly meeting of the Chicago Ratebeer group.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Tan brown head, body is totally black. Nose is super huge and strong can be easily felt and smelled when you walk by someone with this beer. Full of coffee with just a hint of cream. Taste is full of coffee grounds then with more coffee beans. Very strong full malty backbone and the alcohol. Oh my friend, there is pleanty of that all over the place. Awesome.
Enjoyed at the monthly Chicagoland gathering and served in a snifter: Completely opaque with a small frothy tan head and shows excellent lace. The nose displays espresso, bittersweet chocolate, burnt and roasted malts, plum and earthy yeast esters.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2006
The taste comes forth with a big espresso characteristic that is very bitter and roasted with a minor background of acidic fruit twang and a sweeter chocolate finish. The finish is moderately smoky and ashy with some alcoholic bite. The mouth feel is oily and creamy as well with a smoothness that comforts and has a cleansing light alcohol nature, the aftertaste is ashy and has that espresso overtone lingering about.
This is one solid Impy but could a hint of more body then it would truly rock. It once again it appears the coffee makes the body seem thinner. I can not wait to try this on wood next weekend at FoBAB!
GABF 2006: Opaque black with a nice briwn head. Aroma of spent coffee grains, big roast and chocolate underneath. Huge back coffee flavor. It had some of that tartness that black can sometimes have. Bitter tart finish. Silky and creamy mouthfeel. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Draught at brewpub; served in a snifter. Now that this brew has 10 ratings and is over 4.0, it will start getting some national attention. Doesn’t smell overly alcoholic. Rich aroma. Dark black body with a light brown head and some lace. Sweet, rich flavor with a strong alcohol profile. Really exceptional. hopscotch (11170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Draft... GABF ’06... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, very creamy, light brown head. Espresso and chocolate nose. Well-balanced, rich and very flavorful. Sweet, chocolatey flavor up front, then bitter, burnt espresso grounds and charcoal. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Burnt, bittersweet finish. World class coffee stout! MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Big black pour w/ a fluffy tan head and some nice lacing. Huge bittersweet chocolate chips and espresso aroma. Palate is well coated and full. flavor is light chocolates more espresso, some lactose notes, a bit of burnt grain. very nice. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Repeated sample at GABF. Massive chocolate/coffee aroma is narrow, but deep and lasting. Deep black body with a fluffed up creamy mocha head. Fore is black coffee, bitter burnt roast, dark milk chocolate notes with a touch of hot warming alcohol and a long espresso finish. Flavor range is also narrow, but concentrated, tasty and lingering.