MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle purchased at friendly mini-mart. I was somewhat disappointed by this beer. I had through that Goose Island would be starting a serial killer-inspired beer line. Alas, its just an imperial stout with a cool name. Once I opened this thing I could smell the grassy hop character. Further inspection has roasted almonds, marshmallow, some clove, heavy roasted malts and more hoping bitterness. The flavor is a very bitter chocolate and hoppy one at first, but then it slides down a more viscous heavy stout flavor. Loads of roasted chocolate malt and a slight hit of coffee in the bitterness. nimbleprop (8297) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2010
22oz bottle pours a viscous, opaque black with a creamy, tan head. Close your eyes, smell the glass and you’d swear yo were smelling a double IPA. Aromas of flowers, candy, pine, citrus, orange juice, grapefruit. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, citrus fruits, grapefruit. Full bodied. More of a double black IPA than an imperial stout, if there is such a category. nickd717 (4648) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bomber shared by Arbitrator on BA.
Pours darkest brown with a light brown head and good lacing.
Aroma is lots of hops - really hoppy for a stout - along with chocolate and roasted malt.
Flavor is really great. Really nice base stout, with flavors of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and roast (but really not that roasty at all for the style). Dry hopping evident, and considerable alcohol. The 11+% is not too well hidden.
Medium-full bodied and smooth on the palate, although the booziness cuts through this a little bit.
Very drinkable as this is really a well-crafted beer. Does not stand out in any one area but is interesting and really good on the whole. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: opaque dark brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of roasted
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice dose of roasted malts
Date: October 01, 2010
Score: 3.1 to 3.3
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, big citrus
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, sweet citrus, touch of caramel, light roasted
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Really nice, dank, hoppy nose; lots of citrus, some chocolate, licorice and roast as well. Taste is moderately sweet, lots of vanilla and licorice that just gets overbearing after a sip or two. The hopping is nice though. Cut the sweetness and the vanilla/licorice and this would be solid.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2010
22oz bottled 3/6/10, rated 3/27/10. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Smells intensely hoppy, lots of flowers and pine, like a double IPA almost, with a tiny bit of alcohol burn on the nose. Taste has lots of sweetness, vanilla, alcohol and pinecone hops. Has a tinge of bitter roast on a finish largely dominated by vanilla and alcohol. If you blindfolded me I would have had trouble telling you this was an imperial stout, the hops crush everything. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Thanks to brainlair for sharing this one. Thick black pour. Lots of citrusy hops on the nose as well as roast and chocolate. Sweet roasted flavor with lots of hops. Very bitter boozy finish. DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 Bomber, thanks GT2, black pour, tan head, nose and taste are bourbon, coffee, vanilla GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2010 22oz shared with DedicatedToFun. Pours pretty much jet black with a menacing deep brown head that has awesome retention and good lace. Aroma is insane fresh hops with strong spicy hops similar to a West Coast DIPA. These notes are layered atop rum soaked ladyfingers/tiramisu, Frangelico hazelnut liquor. Taste is rich caramel and toffee with no harsh roasted malt flavors. More like tiramisu soaked in Frangelico and then dark chocolate covered raspberries served atop. The alcohol is not a major factor in the taste, but it is fairly obvious this is over 10%. Really a crazy beer that is without a doubt my favorite Goose Island offering. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle thanks to Mar. Pours black with a chocolate head. Aroma is hoppy with rich dark roast and chocolate. Flavor is very much the same. Mouth feel is very heavy, almost chewy, extremely creamy. Overall, this was a damned fine Impy Stout!