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...! Yuri4x4 (6) - USA - JAN 30, 2007 does not count
Beautiful opaque brown coloring with a nice carmel head. Maybe I was too enamored by the look of Yeti, but the taste just didn’t hit the mark. I found this beer to be too bitter, not in a good hoppy way but in a soy-sause kinda way. Head retention was non-existent. Left a tar-like coating in the glass.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2007
The color was a dark black/ brown with no light penetration. The head was a mud brown, thin, and creamy. The aroma was molasses, soy-sausce, sweet and malty. The palate was medium/ thick body, and wasn’t very carbonated. The finihs was warm and waxy. This beer left a yellow film on the glass. emacgee (4708) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2007
I think Heathen has it right. Pours a black black brew, not quite the oil consistency i like, but black nonetheless. The aroma is sweet (bueno) and then there is this hop that shows up (reminds me of 06’ Storm King). The aroma also has some chocolate and slight slight roast to it, alcohol was not present for me. the flavor had a mild hop bit (not expecting), roasted flavor, coffee, and didn’t have the alcohol backbone i’ve come to expect from the style. The palate was the typical full, burnt, smooth and lacked any individual charm. The finish was warm (only hint of alcohol) and was a little thin. Overall, a it is up and down an imperial stout. Sadly the only unique spin they put on it is undesirable (by me anyways). Lacks the complexity and "wow" to get a great score but is still solid enough for the 4. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 25, 2007
THOUGHTS: To me an Imperial Stout should smell a little sweeter with underlying hops, not the other way around. Great aroma, but not quite good for the style. That was what I initially what I thought and then as it warmed the aroma became much more balanced. A little too much hop aftertaste. The aroma may have changed as time went by, but the flavor was the same throughout — sweet up front but overpowering hops in the finish tha actually lasted into my next beer, which was luckily not one I was going to rate. If there was a little less hops I would have gave it a near perfect rating. dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2007
TECHNICAL: Poured a dark red-brown coming out of the bottle and looked opaque black with a red tint in the glass. There was a large, light brown head that was mostly lasting and left excellent lacing. The aroma was moderately to heavily malty (chocolate and caramel) and heavy turning lighter grapefruit hops. The initial flavor was heavy sweetness and light bitterness, and the finish flavor was moderate to heavy sweetness and heavy to harsh bitterness with a very long duration. The body was full and both creamy and syrupy with a metallic finish.
A massive brew here in many senses of the term - assertive, complex. An oily black hole of a beer with a capping of brown foam - this thing even has some legs to it, that is how thick it is. Massive notes of roasted malt backed up by chocolate, burnt sugars and a faint tinge of alcohol. Definitely detecting some citrus as well, perhaps grapefruit. The beer basically invades your mouth on first sip: chocolate, coffee, profound burnt sweetness that all melds quite well into a decisive and distinctive bitter finish. Almost abrasively bitter, the sweetness of the front of this brew is balanced so sublimely by the dry finish. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2007
This is a good Imperial Stout. Coffee, malt, and hoopy flavors. Finishes clean and smooth.