arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2005
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 2004 GABF, Denver. Classic. Since impy stouts get a boost from being generally awesome, the fact that this one is so good in so many characteristic ways makes it a very good beer indeed. While fairly regular as an impy, it did have some surprises: it was more acidic than I was expecting, but the playfull prickliness on the tounge was a great complement to the humongous roast coffee and chocolate base of the beer. Sweet to start, rounding into the roast money shot, the beer had good malty aroma and beautiful lacing, even on the little tasting glass at the GABF. Enjoyable all around. sloth (2968) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Mountainous, rocky head with brown peaks on an offwhite base, lasting retention but a minimum of a laceing. Fruity, roasty, dark malt nose is finally found after the co2 lays down. Medium body, lightly creamy and spritzy at the same time. Dark fruit flavors come along for the ride with notes of chocolate, cocoa and some slight vinous attributes. A fairly dry, lasting finish, roasty. Nice Impy. though the carbonation is a little extreme at first. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Sample thanks to a BA. Deep dark brown, tan head. Roasty aroma and flavor. Smooth and thick. Pleasant Roasted Barley and hop bitterness. Dark chocolate. Yum! TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Impenetrable ebony. Thick, lumpy foam pad of putty consistency. Vinous and fragrantly airy with roasted peanuts, phenols, espresso, and chocolate truffle wafts. Creamy with a fluffy spritz. Multilayered flavors with a milkshake smoothness to the malt frame. Assertive coarsening notes of grainy roast underlie the slick body. Chalky black malt intensity curtails the firm roastiness, backed with notes of tar, fudge, and vanilla beans. Moderate smokiness offers hints of phenols. Stacks of body-thickening chocolate malt gain more complexity from the snappy black malt. Alcohol underscores the graininess and adds warmth, but is mostly a non-factor. Flavor becomes more bittersweet and devoid of char, as dry espresso and milk chocolate clinch the finish splashed with succulent noble hops and black malt. With the exception of the high level of carbonation along with the overly airy aroma, which obstructs much of the malt complexity, this is an extremely impressive creation.
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Shared big bottled at the brewery. Good stout but a little thin and oily for me for an Imperial. Didn’t have any roast flavor to it for me.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Dark tan head. Aroma is of smoke and soy. Flavor is sweet, smokey, dry chocolate, and coffee. Nice imperial. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2004
GABF 2004: Very dark opaque black with a thick dark tan/light brown head. Aroma is sweet, robust and malty with a touch of oak. Very unique smokey bacon, soy and brown sugar body has good complexity and a smooth dark chocolatey finish. Definitely an interesting imperial and very well done at that. hopdog (13315) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2004
2004 Kennett Square BF. Poured a dark black color with a large brown head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Very nice taste and aroma. Sweet with a light bitter finish. Nice. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Kennett Fest. Jet black color with chocolate, coffee and sweet candied sugar. Taste is sweet with more of the same as above with a nice hop bite. Rich chocolate, currant and warming alcohol blend nicely. DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2004
2004 GABF, bottle. Attractive big dark brown head. Roasted coffee aroma with some sweet chocolate and fruit malt notes. Big flavor - starts with stewed apple, coffee, and cookie-ish yeast. The finish has more pronounced chocolate along with alcohol and dark malt fruit. A pretty typical RIS if ya ask me.