goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: Nitro. Black with a tan head. Big fresh roasted coffe with some chocolate on the aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor. Coffe is much lighter in the flavor than the aroma. Notes of chocolate. Light bitterness in the finish. Smooth and silky body. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a pitch black, no head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, smooth nose. Flavor is dominately bitter, dark chocolate, whiskey coats the mouth well. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
Straight black, the head quickly recedes to a lasting sheet of light brown foam. Slightly lactic nose reminds of pastry cream and sweetish rooty vanilla as much as it does dark chocolate. The coffee roastiness is there up front, but the global feel reminds me of a foreign stout more than an impy. The tendency keeps on in mouth where brown sugar flavors intersperse the beany, quite roasty malty profile with full coffee flavors and supporting hops. Quite drinkable for the style though the mouthfeel suffers a bit, thinner than it feels. Yep, a nice one to pair with homemade cookies I imagine. Not quite what I expected, but who the hell has expectations for an imperial from Hawaii? Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Thank you, Logan, for prompting me to sample this at GABF05, even though it was "tapped out." I did the secret handshake you taught me and I was rewarded with a big sample. The beer was very roasty, rich, and very creamy. Curiously enough, as I tasted it, I kept thinking of a well made coffee ice cream. Mild aromas of vanilla and coconut surfaced in the finish and aftertaste, with a small nip of alcohol and tobacco coming up in the rear. Kept looking over my shoulder nervously for the ATF. Freshly brewed coffee exuded throughout ... and I love coffee. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
sampled at GABF
Jet balck pour small tan head. Big toffee and brown sugar smell very sweet some coffee as well. Well coated and lightly creamy palate. Butter toffee roasted malt and hitns of coffee flavor very sweet. An ok IS.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Cask at Kailua Kona brewpub. Dry, rich, roasted malt aroma with a hint of nuts. Good head retention; black body, opaque. Considerable alcohol profile. Provides a richness. A very nice brew that has a lot of flavor for a cask. Probably Kona’s best brew other than the Old Blowhole, which I was unable to sample because it had recently run out. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 My favorite beer at PP Strong Ale. A nice Impy Stout with a real espresso kick. Rich cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, almost full bodied with a nice alcohol kick. Rounding it all out is a nice hop bitterness that makes it all blend together. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Tasted at the 2004 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Dark black color. Small head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. A medium bodied imperial stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Roasty, toasty malts. Nice coffee flavor. Smooth taste. Nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
(Draft: 2004 Strong Ale Festival, Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA. Day 1, Beer 6) The aroma is all coffee, and so is the flavor. It’s like drinking cold, sweet coffee: dark roasted but kind of sugary sweet, moderately bitter, but not hoppy. The coffee flavor is spicy in the finish. As Imperial Stouts go, the palate here is a bit too thin, but not exactly watery either. Deep, dark brown color. Tan head has average size on the pour, but fades to a ring. Some modest lace. Rather one-dimensional, which is expected I suppose, but lacking sufficient viscosity for an Imperial Stout. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
This Impy stout pours with a black body topped by a medium thick creamy head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitter roasty coffee note. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with a nice raosted coffee note, a little vanilla and some cream. Full bodied, smooth and creamy.