shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Black colored pour with a big bubbled thick tan creamy head that quickly diminishes leaving nice lacing. Rich mocha aroma with coffee. Flavor is rich and smokey up front with plenty of coffee and bitter bitter chocolate. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & blankboy -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Very rich aroma of roasted malt and hops - and alcohol. Nice dark black with slick brown head. Quite hoppy taste - very rich and very much alcohol - too much. Lingering roasted finish with more bitterness. This is an impressive package, but needs some time to mellow out and come together - built for aging. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours black with an average size fizzy light-brown head. Aroma primarily of roasted malt along with coffee, vanilla, sugar, alcohol and spices. Flavour follows the aroma but is heavy on the hops, way too much so even for me who loves the really hoppy beers. As HogTownHarry and GregClow noted I think this beer needs to be aged a while to mellow it out some. Maybe we’ll rerate it then. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Deep black colour with a small tan head. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, dark sugar, alcohol, and a faint hint of soy sauce. Flavour of very strong, dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, lingering hops. Needs a bot of cellaring to mellow out the edges, but still a pretty damn good beer. TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Hazel tinged ebony. Frothy khaki foam spatters intricate lacework all over the glass. Decadent nose of buttery espresso, roasted nuts, smoke, cocoa, and toasted cookies. Lightly estery with dried plum, anise, and cinnamon hints. Suedelike carbonation. Somewhat gritty. Opens with a medicinal accent and mineral heavy with a swift sweep of unripe fruitiness which delays the rich malt onset. Body is airy, and the malts are surprisingly weightless early on. Burnt malt onslaught soon awakens, imparting charcoal and burnt cookie grittiness along the way. Black cherry and dried plum roundedness dance with understated Ringwood and equalize the overall richness. Rife with decadent espresso smoothness, throughout, along with copious amounts of bittersweet chocolate that accompanies the earthiness of the roast. Finishes dry and snappy with burnt malts and lightly seared toffee. Just an all-out delight. Quite young now, but a few years should spell PERFECTION. Thanks, jah noth.
HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - courtesy of me. *note* - consensus was this is a young beer, I’m cellaring a bottle for a year. Poured deep brown black with a dark brown average head (5/5 for having the first decent head of the evening). Aroma was of deep roast malt, candy, vanilla, some spices and hops - somewhat vinous? Hint of table cream? Taste - wow! - coffee (strong, black), hops - very, very bitter, I liked it very much but it needs to gel a bit more. We all agreed, not quite ready, but well made and has terrific potential. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2005
22 ounce bottle. Black pour with a creamy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma had dark fruits, milk chocolate, roasted coffee and espresso, bourbon and dark chocolate. Taste was sour as someone else said with a nice espresso mouthfeel. I really liked this beer, but it is not the best Impy Stout I’ve had by any means. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Black oily pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Looks very thick. Very intense aroma of dark fruits, malt, alcohol and some roastiness. The flavor is lots of roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate, dark cherries and some alcohol. It gets stronger but surprisingly more smooth as it warms. Slightly bitter but fruity aftertaste. Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2005
This is a really good impy stout. It’s got a somewhat sour flavor that was nice and a fairly creamy feel to it. Aroma was coffee and dark chocolate and the taste was similar and a bit sour. ABUSEDGOAT (2756) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Bottle: Black pour, nice sized head. Beautiful lacing on the glass. Huge malty aroma - soy, chocolate, caramel, some roast and coffee. Not bad, came off as a weaker version of Stone’s Imperial Stout. Alcohol was hidden well. Finished slightly bitter, but not nearly as bitter as many stouts I’ve had. For the price ($4 for a bomber) this was very nice.