Lubiere (13994) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
Deep dark stout with a thick moka head. Light chocolate and restrained hops in aroma, with cherry notes, and light vanilla as beer warms up. In mouth, restrained chocolate with notes of raisins, quasi vinous qualities, and roasted coffee beans. Rather nice but not as rich or heavy as expected. Medium to rich bodied. On tap at the Map Room, Nov.12 2005. Dorwart (2598) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Got a little too happy with this pour. Very large head of dark brown bubbles. Very small and compact with great density. Settles very slowly and leaves a thick sheet of doily lace around the top. Very light carbonation. Rich, roasty aroma with loads of sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, salt and terreaki sauce. Color is black as tar. Creamy smooth in the mouth. Slight woodness and tartness from the oak. Other than that just plain delicious. Sweet and malty without the harsh burnt coffee taste. Flavor is surprisingly short lived and I expected it to have a little more body than this. Creamy and smooth and hides its alcohol very well. A great imperial stout that will please those who are not fans of imperial stouts. Incredibly drinkable for such a huge brew. TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Please see my rating for the YETI Imperial Stout. This one didn’t taste much different to me. However, judging from the other ratings I probably need to taste them side by side (what a sacrifice that will be hehe). AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Tap. Holy jeez this is an enormous freaking beer. Opaque, scary tan head. Big in all ways - alcohol, malts, hops, everything. This is just freaking coffeed to hell...malty, roasty, chocolately. Excellently made, but for tough and serious drinkers only. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Black with milky brown head. Aroma of roast and dark chocolate. Smooth creamy body. Flavors of chocolate, roast, smoke, hops and wood. Finish is woody, hops and smoke. Really drinkable for the style.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 Oil black, with a nice film of coffee and cream head. Strong roasted coffee aroma, highly subdued by vanilla bean and candy sugar. Flavor surprisingly sweet and highly subtle, with a good dose of coffe, but unlike many other Impy stouts, more closely balanced with rich creamy belgian chocolate. The oak really makes this beer supremely better than the too hoppy straight version. Sweet creamy flavor over the roasted coffee and chocolate notes, with a tinge of fruity tahitian vanilla bean and some mexican cinnamon and coffee. Silky, oily and nicely supple and gentle for a beer usually so punishing. Almost a top Impy, but lacks a little body. Otherwise, impecable balance, flavor. Something I would savor regularly. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Beautifully dark, great head, roasty chocolate and coffee aroma and maybe some oak? Woody, chocolatey, and some hoppy flavours. Though the hops definatly doesn’t make an explosive entrance. I really enjoyed this, and will most certainly get more now that it seems to be more regularly available here. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2005
22 oz bottle sent to my by Santa! Thanks Santa! Dark dark stuff with brown head. Aromas of chocolate, and just a bit of coffee. Flavors were more chocolate with some oakiness in there. Coffee and roatiness too. Very hoppy finish made this a pretty darn good beer.
My Santa rocked! MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
22oz - purchased in Boulder May 2004 - Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, oak, and hops. Pours black with a small brown head and great lacing. Flavor is a lot roastier than the aroma. Coffee and chocolate slowly fade to leave a coating of vanilla on the tounge. Palate is sticky and bitter. A nice warming brew on a cold winters night. jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. A beautiful black pour with a tan haed. A nice sweet taste of malt and coffee. A very nice oak flavored finish.