Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2014
2012 version thanks to Crajun. Ink black pour with a thin tan head into a snifter. Bold aroma of coffee, dark fruit, soy and booze. Huge coffee flavor with some caramel and burnt sugar. Slight hop bitterness on the finish. 9.25%abv nowhere to be found. A year plus in the bottle did this wonders!
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12 ounce 2012 bottle. Thanks Ryan! Pours a thick dark black with a nice dark brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and a bit of alcohol. Improves as it warms. Very nice. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2014
(Bottle, thanks Alex, you kick ass!) Pours black dark brown head. The aroma holds holds extreme, cowabunga-ish malt roast (bit like Expedition Stout) with black currant and black currant. Plenty of hops. The flavour is near medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and and light acidic with deep roast, dark fruit and vibrant hops. The mouthfeel is round and light sticky with a light to medium carbonation. Smoky tar and hops on the finish.Near full bodied. _angst_ (4810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7! 2012 vintage. Pours oily pitch black with a rather big frothy and creamy dark chocolate brown head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty, earthy and tiny fruity with heavily roasted malts, salty liquorice candy, burnt wood, burnt raisins, black currants, blackberries, caramel, soil, oatmeal cookies, resin, pine needles, alcohol, liquorice, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee and grapefruit rinds. Taste is slightly sweet, heavy bitter and malty with heavily roasted malts, bitter chocolate, burnt wood, burnt caramel, blackberries, bilberries, burnt caramel, raisins, prunes, resin, salty liquorice candy, grapefruit rinds and dark roast coffee. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, tiny roasted astringent, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is bitter and malty with heavily roasted malts, burnt caramel, burnt wood, bilberries, blackberries, oatmeal cookies, salty liquorice candy, soil and alcohol. Very nice smooth and heavy imperial stout… brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle @ Richard’s Tasting. Black in color with a tan head. Uck. Fusel, hot, solvent aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. Some green apple, too. Flavor is slightly sweet and syrupy with a lot of caramel and chocolate. Roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate/cocoa powder. Just way too boozy and hot.
JStax (7129) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
2012 bottle, 12 ounces, poured into a kuhnhenn brandy snifter. Pours a thick, viscous black with the darkest head of foam I think I’ve ever seen. It’s almost a black head. Pretty good retention. The aroma has notes of thick molasses, raisin, cinnamon, fig, and licorice. Smells great. The taste has more of the dark, roasty sweetness like grilled figs and warm molasses. There’s a near bitterness that comes out toward the back end and warms the throat. Chewy mouthfeel. This beer is awesome! tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Thick black, motor oil consistency with an impressively deep tan head; thin-bubbled, foamy, & quick to settle into a collar. Aroma is huge; thick baker’s chocolate, mildly roasted malt, light coffee bean char, & a hint of cream & brown sugar in the finish. Sweet without being cloying, roasty without being over-charred. Taste starts with nice bittersweet cocoa nibs, rich fudge, light bitterness & a heavier kilter towards creamy sweetness. Notes of mild anise & faint coffee bean in the finish, with a fudge cake & brown sugar aftertaste. Chocolate is definitely the supreme being, here. Nice, silky mouth feel. Great imperial stout. ineedbeer (2234) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle, 2012 vintage 9.25% ABV.
Aroma is full of rich dark chocolate, light roast and quite a bit of dark fruit. Cherry, plum and prune are most noticeable. Light tobacco and leather character.
Pours black with a moderately small, thick, dark mocha head the recedes somewhat quickly to the edges.
Flavor has a sweet, rich dark chocolate character. Medium roast with a bit of ash. Moderate leather and tobacco notes. Quite a bit of cherry, berry and plum fruit character. Some lingering leather, roast and chocolate. Medium bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. A touch of astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a fairly good stout, especially if you like ones with a leather character. Nice balance of fruit to even out the leather and ash. Good complexity in the chocolate character. Not much hops which I suppose isn’t surprising considering its from 2012. Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle (9,25% ABV, vintage ’12). A pitch black beer, with a large, frothy, lacing, mostly lasting brown head. The aroma is heavily malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, molasses), with notes of plums, raisins, generally dark fruits, some booze. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/thick texture, soft carbonation, fairly long finish with moderate bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Excellent example of a chocolate-oriented Impy. Despite what the label says coffee is not the most relevant feature in this one. Nicely balanced, with bitterness from both roasted malts and hops in the finish. Booze smell and burn is well hidden, and the beer gets very thick as it warms. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12 oz. bottle served in a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2012 vintage.
A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap and collar. Splotchy lace is left down the glass.
S: Lots of roasted malts, some dark fruit and some cocoa. A little fig with some coffee grounds and creamy chocolate.
T: A ton going on. Creamy chocolate, figgy dark fruit and dust cocoa up front. Bitter coffee grounds with a heavy roasted malt profile come up mid palate. The finish is a mix of roast and slightly sweet booze.
M: Heavy bodied, slick and chewy mouthfeel, with a medium carbonation level. The finish is slightly sweet from the booze, but it’s not hot at all.
O: Another winner from Kuhnhenn. A deliciously balanced Imperial stout. Sweet and roasty with a heavy and chewy mouthfeel. Glad it’s cold on this Memorial Day because it goes perfectly with the day.
Serving type: bottle