1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle from Larry Pitonka. The beer pours to a very dark ruby brown body with a nice dense brown head and thick lacing. The aroma is licorice, fennel, tootsie rolls, and chocolate milk. The flavor is interesting. Milk chocolate, licorice, dark pitted fruits, vanilla, blackstrap molasses, bourbon-ish. The palate is very warming. Alcoholic and edging on astringent. Charcoalish feel. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2006
Beer pours an opaque, very dark reddish-brown color with a very small, tan, off-white, quickly and mostly diminishing head.
The aroma is down right girly pretty—sweet and floral through and through: Malty with a very heavy note of roasted grain and heavy notes of coffee and milk chocolate; Hoppy with moderate notes of resin/pine and a trace note of grippy grapefruit; Yeasty with a light note of damp basement; Miscellaneous aromas include moderate notes of plumeria/tropical flower, raisin and date and a trace note of cognac.
The flavor is moderately bitter, moderately sweet and lightly acidic with a long, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Nice garden soil retro.
The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation was average. The palate wasn’t sexy enough to keep up with the flavor and aroma. Ernest (7786) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2006
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (pretty much opaque, flashlight tested), bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, apricot).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Rather dull, crude, simple, thin, and sour. Not what I’d call an Imperial stout. jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2006
bottle, thanks to Larry Pitonka. heavy vanilla and licorice aroma, with some bourbon as well. i wouldn’t have guessed "imperial" stout, but rather a strong, sweet stout. sweet and astringent, with an overly bitter overtone throughout. just too much, to be really enjoyable. omhper (25541) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2006
Draught at the brewpub (9%). Black with beige head. Aniseed aroma. Sweet and full bodied with lots of roasty malt and molasses. The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and the finish tarry with strong spicy bitterness. A little raw and unbalanced.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Balck with a creamy beige head. Nose is plum, roasted malts and some anise. Full bodied at the front but lightens near the end. Almost a smokey like texture, warms and reiades in the mouth with the nice hop balance. JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
Tap at brewery. Jet black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is of dark fruit, molasses, light licorice and a bit of saltiness. Flavour is quite good, a bit lighter than most impys. Net terribly sweet, dark fruit up front, charcoaly roastiness with a lingering salty finish. Very drinkable beer. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 2004 bottle from LarryPitonka, thanks André! Shared with Muzzlehatch on 5/20/2005. Pour is opaque and quite deeply brown. Sediment left behind in the bottle. Head is initially medium-sized and tan, but is quickly receding to cover. Smells of chocolate, quite salty but also, as Barry notes, it had a large diacetyl presence. Moderate roasted notes and some peanut brittle-like character. You can tell this is a lighter version, nothing wrong with that though. Flavor begins with an odd mix of bittersweet oranges and caramel/chocolate. Palate is very smooth, with extremely low carbonation, and a lightly gritty, not quite chewy mouthfeel. Light roast and more milk and dark chocolate through the middle. Hops and bland yeast on the finish with pure black malt bitterness. Medium body, seemed rather tired overall, but I still liked that it was quite drinkable. muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2005
12 oz bottle shared by and with the scintillating, sensational ClarkVV in his humble abode. Opaque charcoal, smallish dark head...diacetyl all-too-prominent in the nose, which also finds room for burnt caramel and baked vegetables and some saving dark chocolate...choco-cream body is much more like it, nicely balanced heavy sweetness with dry bitter expresso late...texture is somewhat dead and boring...finish very, very bitter and almost cottony on the tongue. A real mixed bag. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Pours dark brown with a big retained dark tan colored head. Aroma is very sweet with some coffee and cream aromas. Flavors are big and very enjoyable. Lots of coffee and some cream. Bit of hop/coffee bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is completely hidden. A very sessionable impy stout and overall excellent to boot. Thanks Andre’!!!