schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 11, 2006
12 oz bottle courtsy of me since no one will trade. You bastards. Pours a rich red black with a medium creamy off-white head of microscopic bubbles. Really looked like a draft pour. Alcohol detectable in the aroma, and later in the flavor. Aromas of sweet chocolate, caramel, burnt sugar, and dark cherries. This beer really grows on you as you drink it. Initial bitterness really mellows out and towards the end most of what ou are tasting is a nice, mellow, warm sweetness. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, and roasted nuts. Some hints of bread and a definite presence of pickled rutabaga - almost exactly like Branston Pickle. Super creamy on the palate - almost milky - with lively carbonation and a solid finish. Whoopee! Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2006
12 oz. bottled on 10/19/05. Good sweet plumb fruit aroma. Dark body with a mahagony hue and small tan head. Flavor was for the most part sweet with a roasted flavor on he finish. Sweet sticky aftertaste with some alochol on palate. Good brew. 2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2006
"The Black Beer that will brighten your day". That was the quote on the bottom of the bottle. I don’t know about brightening our day, as this was the third ass-kicker in a row we had. If anything, it put the lights out for us. Initial impression on the aroma was of moderate burnt malts and alcohol. The pour is a dark brown/black with an average, fizzy light-brown head. Muddy clarity to the body. Initial flavor was moderately sweet, and wraps up with a very light bitter tinge. Medium body on the mouth with a creamy consistency and lively carbonation. A light alcohol presence is left behind. Hangover (1136) - oxford, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Dark black pour with some red highlights visible around the very bottomand edges. NIce tan head,somewhat lasting. Aroma is actually kind of weak for an impy, with a lot of roasted malts and expresso. Taste is much better,with a lot of chocolate virtually exploding on your palate. Nice, rich roast/chocolate aftertaste with a little hop bitterness. I like how the hops aren’t overdone as I see in a lot of Imperial stouts. Just a good, chocolate/coffee brew. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Pours a medium brown to settle blackened brown with a tiny glow at the bottom. Tall, soft, foamy cap of dark ivory quickly builds to a about two inches fading fairly fast to keep a firm skim and thicker collar always present. Lacing is minimal in some spots and thin strings.
Aroma is fairly light for an Impy Stout with plummy, raisin skin darkness mixed with some fairly tangy dark cherry, a very tiny hint of bourbon-esk heat, and a puff of chocolate.
Taste is all about the chocolate and the dark fruity inbetweens. Quite complex but underwhelming in thickness or girth. Non the less, it tastes pretty damn nice. Tangy front and middle with alll kinds of fun dark fruits of raisin, plum, prune, dates, cherry, even a tint of dark orange, you name it, its got a hint to it. Some more then others. Deeply tanged in a molasses undertow for most of its duration in the regards to its beginning. Finish has a dancing chocolate warmth mixing with a decent bourbon kick as it fades with hints to smokey darkened fruits and drys out with more fluffy chocolate.
The feel is where this misses a bit for me, not quite as thick or heavy as most Impy Stouts. Very porter-like in body with the only thing keeping it all together is that it does feel smooth and all together solid; just not big enough for the style in my mind, and on my palate. Tangy and malty with a nice chocolate roundedness towards the finish with a nice little warmth of good Ol’ alcohol, which has a bourbon twist within it.
The drinkability is good but the 10% is evident as its warmth grabs more as you get into it. Plus its a 750ml so it takes a while to get through it. Not a bad thing really; a nice sipper. Just needed a boost in aroma and body then this could be up there with some of the bigger Impy Stouts I tend to favor.
walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 Just bumping the rating a bit ,just got a fresh bottle.thanks to captaincouger and the Ga. crew for bringing this to Mi. poured brown to black with no head. aroma, chocolate and alocohol comes ot first than malt, coffee, citrus, dark cherries a nice sweetness. flavor, sweet alcohol, bitter sweet chocolate, malt and some hops came out as it warmed SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2006
This is the beer that underlined my strange forgotten yet very evident night of drinking...started early then soccer, more, then the Coops! ...thats where it starts to go...but i tryed and concentrated and this what i got. Roasty and oil slicks....dark dark ruby appearance....sharp tobacco alco smell...some nice flavours on the first sips..seems like a great impy on tap that got bastardized in the bottle..good masking and drinkable. after this beer i have no real idea what the hell happened.....f u.... DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2006
Pours a dark ruby/black, medium tan head subsides to a thin ring in a couple of minutes. Light coffee and dark fruit aroma with some evidnet alcohol. Nice chewy mouthfeel, smooth and full. Coffee comes through again in the flavor with some molasses. The flavor is quite dominated by the malt, with the hops coming through only at the end as some light spice and citrus. Finishes smooth and slightly sweet. Improves as it warms. A very easy drinking impy, quite enjoyable. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2006
Black color with no head. Light aroma of roasted malt and molasses. Flavor is malty with esters. Big up front bitterness. Thin body. Alcohol is barely detectable. OK beer. Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2006
Pours a very dark color. Aroma was mallty with a slight smoke aftertaste. Flavor is a very good rich stout with a heavy finish.