r464 (2360) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Bottled. Very dark with a thin tan head. Comes on very full. Roasty malt, cocoa, cherry, raisin. A bit of toast and a slight tartness. Not creamy, but some thickness to it. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - NOV 3, 2015
Sample glass at Two Brothers Tavern, Middlebury, VT.
This was poured into one of those pilsener looking sample glasses (yes, so take with grain of salt to an extent), here’s the rest.
The appearance was a black color with a thin glaze of a cap of a tan head. Quickly dissipated, no lacing.
The smell had a good amount of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, black licorice, roasty coffee beans, and a delicate amount of dark fruits.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors. Roasty tones make a decent effort and slide through the dark fruits to blend into the aftertaste, decent. Semi-sticky fruity to licorice finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Weird that a 10%-er has a slightly crushable feel to it and its on tap, hmm...leaves me wondering.
Overall, well, its not a bad RIS, just comes across a bit lighter than expected. Good aroma and flavor, could come back to it for that. plaugher (478) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
650ml into a snifter. Pours an opaque mocha-black with a sparse white head. Nose of dark fruit, chocolate, a bit of coffee. Slight sweetness, with a definite warming note. (Perhaps the end of August is the wrong time?) Light carbonation, but thick and viscous on the palate. Unsurprisingly, boozy. Should have saved it until December or January. Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Bomber from State Line. Near black, thin creamy tan head. Fair retention. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, hints of leather. The taste is cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, mild roast and green hops. Thin-medium bodied. Solid. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bomber from Joe Canals Fire Rd. Poured a sort of unimpressive super dark brown with a foamy mocha head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, marshmallows, amd dark cherry juice. Smooth body, with softer carbonation, decent heat. Flavor is similar to the aroma, dry dark chocolate, cbocolate syrup, burnt malts, burnt toast, ash dark fruits. Solid beer but sort of sweet for an Impy.
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2015
12 oz bottle from Triangle Wine for 3 bucks. Dated 2012. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is fruit, sweet chocolate, some coffee. Taste is fruit and chocolate up front as well with a lasting chocolate flavor on the back end. Some coffee in there as well. Texture is slightly thick, not quite on par with some of my favorites though. Easy to drink, not much alcohol burn to it. Overall a decent imperial stout. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2015
On tap at R.D.F. in Washington, DC.
Opaque, near black with a dark tan head and excellent fine lacing.
Aroma of booze, dark malt, chocolate, molasses and licorice.
Taste of licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, booze and oak. This is an excellent, complex, dark roasty beer--until it warms. Then the boozy flavor takes over and dominates the other flavored and complexity. Enjoy while it still has a chill.
Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization.
A potentially great RIS that disappoints once it warms.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beerbaron90 (16) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
On tap from the brewery. Chocolate, roasted malts, with a hint of bitter hops. Harpoon did a very nice job with this. GIJOE (1204) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Pours black and oily, with a foamy, brownish head that slowly dissipates to a ring and a little film. Sparse lacing. Nose is boozy and dominated by malt, with notes of chocolate and prunes. Taste is on the sweet side, but there is a nice hop nip as well. Full body, lively carbonation. Decent brew. jbruner (4740) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours an opaque brownish black from the bottle with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of deep roast and earthy soy. Taste is way better, dark chocolate over roast and sweet malt. Thick sweetness, nice bitter middle, thick with light carbonation.