kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 alexsdad06 (10641) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Date: May 31, 2008
Source: Tasting, Noog Four-O
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: big roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and lots of earthy hops
Body: thin and creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of roasted for balance
Date: January 23, 2009
Source: summits woodstock
Score: 2.7 to 3.1
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: dark roasted aroma with lots of sweet fruity esters, upon warming it picks up a big woody and tart fruity cherry pit character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: strong roasted and dark chocolate flavor, lots of fruity esters add a strange but balancing sweetness, sweet licorice, develops a tartness to the fruity esters, oaky character comes in to meld with the tartness and add an earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
12 oz. bottle courtesy of daknole. Thanks. Mack pours a very dark brown/black in color with a small tan head. The aroma has the nice roasted characteristics of a good stout with the more unique mild sour/tart presence of berries and pomegranate. The flavor seems to have a bit more going on: roasted malts, chocolate, pomegranate, mild coffee and a hint of bitterness in the finish. The tart fruit is an interesting addition to the style. A little thin for an impy, but a nice beer nonetheless. phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2010
12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage, as an extra in a trade with smith4498- thanks again, Jason! Pours a very dark opaque brown, near black, with a small dark tan head that leaves nothing but a ring around the inner edge of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits (fig, plum), acidic notes, and earth. Flavor of roasted malts, dark fruits (fig, plum, cherries, raisins), acidic notes, and flat cola. Medium-bodied, thin-bodied for the style, with average carbonation and an acidic mouthfeel. Sweet and fruity for the style, as well. Some smokiness late. Very odd imperial stout. sebletitje (10285) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Big surpise out of Gordash Beer co.
Pours black, with a thin nutty head.
Nose is roasty with a slight fruity presence.
Aroma is roasty malt, coffee with a very hidden but sweet discreet pomegranate. Sweet and bitter at the same time, mix between the roastiness and the botterness of the yeast.
Still wondering how this qualifies as an Imperial!
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
My Bottom Line:
GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Sustained roastiness surrounds this strong ale’s inner fruitiness, as dark chocolate and a suave mouthfeel provide many enjoyable sips.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the pitch blackness.
-I would never have said there was any kind of fruit juice added to this, even though there is an obvious fruity slant to it. This fruitiness could just as easily have come from the yeast.
-The roasted malts offer good bitterness.
-The smooth bubbling makes this quite drinkable for its strength.
-Light smoke and coffee notes round out the pleasant malt profile.
355mL thanks to maniac. Clear deep mahogany with tan head. Weak retention. Nose is black olive and marmite with salty black patent black. Like a foreign stout. Taste is carboardy and salty with odd paper and tannins. Sticky sugar.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone blipp (9598) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma, with dark berries, dark chocolate and a hint of smoke. A lot going on in the flavor. Roasted malt and sweeter notes of chocolate and pomegranate give way to smoked malt and tobacco, which lingers in a finish which again recalls hints of sweeter fruits. Strange and original, but I think it works rather well. douglas88 (9572) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle thanks to Ibrew2or3. Pours a very dark black with a small off-white head. The aroma is strong coffee, some fruit juice, and a buttery sweet note. The flavor was similar, lots of coffee mixed with sweet fruit juice, not bad but odd. I dont care much for the buttery finish. Overall though, not bad and pretty nice. JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2008
Brown-black beer that is loaded with cocoa and chocolate. There is a bit of chocolate syrup, cocoa and a very light earthiness. A touch of tartness and fruit before you start getting even more rich roastiness. An interesting take on the Impy stout style. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Bottle. Rich dark purplish black colored body, 1/2-1 inch deep fudge brown colored head but it dies quickly and leaves a small film above a purple-tinted top layer. Rich red wine and dry oak in the nose but muddled by a moderately strong lactic note - burnt milk, yeast-heavy plum skins, etc. Surprisingly fruity flavor. Dry, tannic, lactic, rough and astringent. Reminds me of syrah but at the same time it is messy and flabby on the tongue. Imperial stout rating 200.