john44 (3544) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2017
Bottle. Bought Aug 2015; BBE Feb 2016; Drank Dec 2015 - Very Dark Brown / Black in colour. Average creamy beige head. Very Malty; very roasty malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, liquorice. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, berries. Spicy notes. Hoppy; moderately hoppy; earthy hops. Smooth. Full bodied. Initially sweet roast coffee malty. Then increasingly salty and liquorice. Ending bitter dry roast almost burnt. Good. Liked this. Interesting and rather unusual Impy Stout! (2015-12-06)
imdownthepub (15753) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
Bottled, 355ml aged 8.2 years as Left Hand Imperial Stout from Beers of Europe, Norfolk. Virtually black with tan head. The first impression is how sweet the beer is. sucrose, silky notes, a touch overly sweet for me. Following this there is a prune like flavour, quite rich and again sweet, damson, dark roasted malts. An enjoyable Impy Stout but just not quite there for me. DiarmaidBHK (6187) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Nooner at Taco Mac University. Pours black in nitro with a thick khaki head. Coats the glass with lacing. Lots of raisin and licorice on the nose and tongue. Hides it’s booze well. Not bad. Franckg (1988) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2017
Bouteille. Robe noire opaque surmontée d’un mince col de mousse blanchâtre et laiteux. Arômes de malt grillé, lactose, vanille, chocolat au lait et noisettes, notes de coconut. En bouche, malt grillé, chocolat au lait mélangé à du noir, grains de café entiers. Finale orientée vers le malt grillé et cacao. Texture soyeuse qui tourne un peu sèche, corps moyen. jjsint (3741) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2016
Nitro pour at Leon’s Full Service, Decatur, Georgia. Very black (okay it is dark in here but I’m going for very black) with a huge tan head. Aroma is a bit light, as I often find with nitro pours: a bit of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, liquorice and maybe some oak. I like what is there, I just wish there was more of it. Sublime taste: sweet with a rebellious liquorice spiciness and a brandied booziness. There is a strong balancing bitterness, however; the beer keeps its complexity all the way to the long finish. Creamy as you like in the mouth. So nice.
Travlr (27139) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle. Very dark brown color, beige head. Aroma has licorice, coffee, vanilla. Taste is espresso, cocoa, more licorice. Nice sipper. ffaoe (1088) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2016
rich malty, chocolate, and coffee notes. pitch black in color but no head. taste is malty, of roasted barley, chocolate and coffee notes. lighter than average on body. gopherfan99 (2000) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Tap (on nitro); pours nearly black with beige head; sweet aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, malt, coffee, and some hints of licorice; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, licorice, and coffee; finish is light bitter solidfunk (9825) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Roast, caramel and nut. Dark chocolate. Creamy thick consistency. Black pour with great head and lacing. Bittersweet finish. Nitro at pizza Paradiso. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a official black color with a thin eggshell white to sly tan foamy head that dissipates spectacularly in a film of a messy lace.
The aroma starts off with a balanced sweet milk chocolate to robust roasty coffee to sly sweet vanilla bean.
The flavor balances very nicely between the sweet to the roast with a semi-sticky malty to roasty aftertaste with a quick sly roasty/malty finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low carbonation. For an RIS, this one had a super low booziness to it.
Overall, to me, I absolutely loved this beer. For the style, well, it’s damn good and would love to have again.