omhper (25709) - 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. Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Draught, at the brewpubkp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
It doesn’t look especially black in the glass, but gives up nothing when held to the light. Light brown nitro foam. Slightly nutty aroma of coffee and cream. Slight hint of citrusy hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavour of roasted barley, dark chocolate and a hint of almonds. Not a lot of hop bitterness for the style, and plenty of underlying malts. Finishes sweet with a bit of roasty bitterness and a hint of roast barley acidity. Comes together pretty well for a nitrobeer, though its not the sort of beer you’d peg as an Imperial in a blind tasting.
Date: 05/16/2007JoeMcPhee (9547) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
black, wispy beige head, sweet licorice and roasted aroma with a hint of ripe fruit, a bit thin, sweet roasted malt flavor, slightly tart soured milk character, lots of roasted bitterness in the finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
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. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Pours pitch black with absolutely no head. Though my nose isn’t working very well right now, I get a very oily and chemical-like aroma from this one. Some dark smoke and some licorice as well. Thin, without much carbonation, but still has a good flavor of syrupy-dark chocolate, some dark roasted coffee is heavy in the finish. Hardly carbonated at all, but still good... not sure if it’s a bad bottle, but it at least tastes good. Thanks for the trade Andre!
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Black with a positively gigantic, dense, creamy head that you could float away on. Big buttery nose. Wow, you really can’t smell anything else but diacetyl. Rich, grainy, creamy body. Butter bomb all the way. Pretty much wrecked, and that’s too bad, because the appearance and what you can get of the recipe show lots of potential. Nice spicy hop finish. Ernest (7814) - 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. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Pours a thick robust dark brown/black with a thin coating of light brown head. Sweet roasty caramel malt aroma. Great flavor and smoothness. Plenty of sweet maltiness and well balanced with a good hop bite and some dark chocolate toward the finish. A very nice stout, that has a good amount of complexity despite its lower alcohol. Thank you drismyhero for gifting me this gem! 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Bottle pours black, medium foamy tannish colored head, with sticky lacing.   Strong hop presense on the nose, with softer roasted malts.   Smooth balance of roasted malts and PNW hops on the tongue.   Body and mouthfeel seem fairly medium.   Finishes again with the well balanced hop bitterness and roasted malt.   Slightly dry as well.   Nothing fantastic, in fact its rather ordinary, but its solid.   Just wished it was a bit more chocolatey and malty.   Not bad! ClarkVV (6862) - 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.