LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Overall a really good stout, that I have had numerous different times. But now that it is sold in four packs...I have been enjoying it a lot more. I recently had a Jan. 2007 bottle, and even while sooo fresh this beer was still great. Lots of coffee and chocolate with some caramel and toffee coming through towards the end of the flavor profile. The aroma is very solid with lots of roastiness and some coffee and a little bit of chocolate. A really good beer. Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Solid dark pour with a nice coffee/chocolate aroma with hop undertones. The Hop flavor in this was a bit of a surprise as how well it came through. Pleasant deep flavors were a real treat. bhensonb (15355) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Aroma of dark roasted malt, backed by coffee and chocolate. Starts with a very strong, almost licorice, flavor. Ok, this could be "massive, roasty". I think there’s coffee. This is so massive that the chocolate gets hidden for the most part. It does not finish all that dry, and the hop is almost overcome by the toasted malt. That massive, roasty seems to be keeping the hop out of my taste profiling. There is bitter in the finish, but I’m not convinced it’s hop. Strong stuff. If there are stoutheads, this should work for them. Note: after some passage of time, I actually think I find grapefruit. Still this is dark roasted stuff. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Dark pour with a dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and some dark fruits. I could got some roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate that was full in the mouth. One of my favorite stouts. Can’t wait to try the Oak Aged. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours an opaque murky black color with some charcoal hues and a soft foamy head of tan. Some distinct white grapefruit hop aromas greet the nostrils first, followed by some more subtle tones of white chocolate. A hint of crystallized raw sugar lingers as well, but the hop character is definitely the single most defining feature of the bouquet. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A touch on the light side for an imperial stout. Some spicy hop character is clearly present on the palate, but the roasted characters come through stronger, creating a slightly better balance in the flavor than the aroma. Dark sticky chocolates and rich coffee syrup malt flavors are nice, but the hops create a very one-dimensional sharp edge that prevents any additional malt characters from revealing themselves. A touch of alcohol burns gently in the final smack, along with some bittersweet dark chocolates. Too much high alpha hop character and not enough malt complexity for my tastes.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Pours inky black with the tiniest bit of tan head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, and...grapefruit? Even upon the first taste, the hops are immediately evident. The bitter hops lead to the roasted malts I’m accustomed to with their chocolate, coffee, and caramel tastes. The palate wasn’t quite as oily as the I like and was more carbonated. When drinking it slightly cooler, the finish was assertively hoppy and somewhat lingering. As it warmed up, the hop aroma faded and the finish became more of a combination of coffee and the hops. I definitely enjoyed this more and more as I was drinking it. I appreciate this brew’s attempt at malt and hop balance. Nobody wants a syrupy sugar bomb. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2007
I enjoyed this complex beer a great deal; poured from the bottle. The beer was black and thick, almost syrupy, with a small, creamy dark tan head. The head did not last very long, and the beer was dark and cloudy. A very nicely balanced aroma consisting of malty aromas of chocolate, coffee, slight caramel, and good roastyness, maybe even a bit of citrus hops. The taste started out sweet, but then switched over to a more bitter taste with a little sourness and a dry finish with a good alcohol bite. The texture of the beer was full and wet, yet it only had light carbonation. Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
[Bottle, February 2007] Deep brown almost black pour with deep brown stagnant head. Chocolate, toffee, and caramel in aroma. Mouthfeel is thick and round - a well balanced beer. Heavy malt flavorings and some chocolate. Good amount of caramel to boot which becomes more apparent in the finish. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 Figured it was a good time to try this one while nervously watching my Bears in the Super Bowl. 22 oz bomber from some time in 2006. Deep black pour with a nice creamy tan head. Sweet aroma with plenty of chocolate & coffee, plus some cream. Creamy chocolate and roasted malt taste. Nice hop backing, with a thick hoppy finish. Very good Impy stout - can’t wait to try the Oak aged version! Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2007
This is a truly pitch black beer with a huge, delicious, creamy and brown head. The aroma has notes of coffee, dark roasted malt and caramel. The flavour is fantastic!! It has loads o dark roasted malt, hops and before the big hoppy symphony closes the ball, there are a lot of notes: Sweetness, caramel, coffee, nougat, licorice and chocolate. It’s very complex and exciting and worthy of a high score...!