hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber by way of miketd as an extra!!! the guy’s insane... very viscous opaque black pour topped with a large dense layer of foam rubber like head. it’s probably the darkest brown head i’ve ever seen. it paints the inside of the glass and the ’stache during the entire time. super robust aromas of milk chocolate, cream, dark grains, sweet fruit, earthy hops, charcoal and wood/smoke. the flavor is a sweetened (but not overly) robust liquid version of the aroma with some vanilla. it reminds me of when BBQ sauce burns to the sides of some wood chips that are stuck to a big chunk of meat on the grill. it finishes dry and ashy as the alcohol comes in to warm up the chest. medium to full bodied with a smooth rich mouth feel... thanks mike!
Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick-looking ultra dark brown. Beany, chocolatey, slightly phenolic aroma has an almost fudgey quality. Slightly fudgey in the body with decent chocolate notes and accents of nuts. Late alcohol burn. Thick, but rather standard, impy.
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very complex flavor, yet very balanced. I’d like it to have a little more hitting power when having imperial stout AND Boris the Crusher in its name, but I won’t hold it against this beer.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 [Enjoyed 3.19.08] Pours thick oily black with a very small reddish/brown head. Vanilla and raisin aroma, with some caramel. Creamy body, slightly crunchy. Excellent, lots of vanilla (not the annoying artificial kind) balanced amount of oatmeal, coffee and chocolate malt. Some dark fruit and peanut-butter in the finish. Really really good stuff and extremely mellow and subtle in flavors. Not the strongest flavor of the Imp Stouts, but the drinkability and tastiness almost make it better. Super creamy and extremely balanced. 22.214.171.124.19
[Rerate - 2.24.09] Pours a lightly viscous oily and very dark red tinted near black brown and a quickly dissipating brown froth. Aroma is quite hoppy, lots of gritty molasses, hard roasted barley, slight raisin but not really much of the vanilla I detected before, hint of diacetyl and espresso. First taste is hoppy and full of roasted malts quickly followed by super dark bitter-sweet chocolate. Finishes syrupy sweet with lots of vanilla and a lingering dark chocolate aftertaste. The hops actually taste fairly oxidized and is a little distracting. Less coffee flavor than I remember and is closer to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Definitely more syrupy than creamy with soft small bubbled carbonation. Where is all the creamy sweet oatmeal?!?!?!
FROTHINGSLOSH (7489) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a medium sized incredibly dark brown head. The aroma was sweet and roasty with notes of spice, pepper and coffee. The flavor was bitter and roasty with strong sweet chocolate and coffee. The finish was long roasty chocolate. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth. A bit of alcohol showed through but did not overly distract from what was a very tasty brew.
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man, I grabbed the last one they had at the Jessup Beverage Center and it was worth the $9 I paid for it. The cherry laden nuts and roasted chocolate tones which come after a drippy pour really make me want a keg of this one. The sweetness is so well balanced and it has a creamy expresso-like feel to it. I hope this beer returns to NEPA!
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer. Wonderfully balanced. Bittersweet chocolate, roastedness, full flavor and body. The oats add a great deal to this beer, the body is smooth and very full. Sweet, but balanced with roastedness. Incredibly drinkable. Me want more.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is dark, slight reddish-brown head. Aroma is very roasted, hints of coffee and sweet malts. Incredible banquet of flavors: roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and not least of all, roasted oats. the flavors are very mellow and smooth, nothing too complex and very drinkable. Good alcohol warming, but not an overwhelming presence.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 22oz Bottle. Pours oil black, with a mahogany fringe and thin rim in chocolate dust. Viscous. Aroma is strong and flowing with mounds of roasted coffee, chocolate nibs, barbeque char and soy. Quite volatile. Flavor is equally impressive. A fresh, bright big bodied flavor. Swaying from chocolate to coffee bean and back to black tea dust. Creamy and dense. It doesn’t come across as particularly sweet despite its finishing gravity. Hops make a glowing appearance in the back end as a fresh bouquet of autumn harvest. All around and for all reason a solid, high level Imperial Stout. Drinkability maintains in light of the alcohol and sugars. Very nice. Thanks Sean!
Goodgrief (2017) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sept. 2007 - Thanks to eaglefan538 for sharing. Dark pour, moderate head. Flavor was strong chocolate, light roast and a touch of coffee and a dry, bitter finish. Strongly carbonated. Good beer.