Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 Re-rate, bottle from Daknole, tasted at homeyngwie (17185) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2010
Looks inky and very dark brown in my Cigar City snifter. Aroma is, well, burnt fruit, with some tarry molasses notes...rich and I can see why people dig it. Flavour is sweet, palate relatively simple with oversweetened harsh espresso. Molasses-like finish. Overall, this brew is simplistic, hitting a few basic impy notes, and doing so with at least a modicum of style. However, it lacks dimension and nuance relative to the superior examples. 4-7-6-2-11 =3.0
First rate, Brouwer’s
Dark, tarry appearance. Somewhat thin body is tarry, oily, with black malt notes. Chewy, very much burnt fruit on the nose. Late heat. Really, it’s a starter impy, where they’ve held back on the good stuff quite a bit. 6-4-5-2-10 = 2.7
Bottle. An oily pour leaves a pitch black body under a dense, diminishing, tan head. Some soy, licorice notes, roasted malts, oxidation hints, alcohol and dates on the notes. Definitely imperial!. The flavor is intense and sort of balanced, roasted malts and coffee, licorice, soy sauce, oxidation, alcohol, dates, some toffee and dark chocolate. The hops are left in the back, but there’s sure hops in it. Full-bodied, warming and oily on the palate. Warming, coffee-ish, lightly chocolatey finish. Someone mentioned bourbon when we drank this one, I can see what he means, even though that’s not what springs to my mind. In the very end there’s some chocolate chips cookies, oat-like and tasteful. A beer that needs some time to down, but you’ll have a good time sinking it. 101005 jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of smoked chocolate malts, vanilla, licorice, coffee and light raisin. The malts have a strong smoked character to them. Complex, though body is slightly thin. Very quaffable imperial. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle @ hotel room. Black pour with a tan head. Big roasted malt, coffee, soy sauce, and dark chocolate on the nose. Some alcohol, a touch of licorice, and ash. Flavor is a little bit bitter. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and some booze. Hints of soy sauce, dark fruit, licorice, and a bit of ashiness. Dedollewaitor (16359) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle @ Early Winter Tasting, Odense, 2011. Pours black with a creamy dark brown head and lacings. Nose is vinous and roasted. Dark fruit, coffee and charcoal. A bit of chocolate and toffee. Smooth and soft. Very delicious.
Ferris (16300) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle - Sweet toffee and light chocolate. Deep black with a light brown head. Sweet bitter molasses, nice bitterness and hops. A bit flowery and pretty nice, bhensonb (15621) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bottle from CaptainCougar. Thanks again Tom. Opaque brown/black color with a tan head that died in weird ways. Dark toasted malty aroma. Full bodied with normal carbonation. Flavor is sweetish toasted malt with hints of toffee and coffee. Touch of treacle. Date fruit aspects throughout. Finishes more sweet than dry. A certain astringency occurs in the finish. Hardly a trace of heat. Delicious. djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is chocolate, roast, smoke. Thin mouth, chocolate, light roast, good. Ratman197 (15224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle 2011vintage poured a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a smnall lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, prunes, raisin, licorice and dark chocolate. Palate was full bodied and smotth. Flavors of roasted malt, dried fruit, dark chocolate, light licorice and a hint of cinnamon with a smooth lingering dried fruit finish. gunnfryd (15175) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is peat, whiskey, coffee, smoked malt. Flavour is peat, whiskey, alcohol, coffee, smoked malt, hop, chocolate. Full body. Simple rough nice beer.