gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2008
Deep and dark...so far so good. No head, save for a few tan bubbles. Aromatic, pungent, roasty, dark chocolate nose. Great coffee and bittersweet chocolate balance, dark chocolate truffles, kicked up Hershey bar and soy sauce twang end notes, with a hint of brown sugar and a double shot of chocolate syrup right out of the bottle. Some alcohol vapor on the finish but warm and welcome. The pour did not look too thick but the body is velvety, thick and rich. Finishes smooth with a cocoa coating on my tongue I can’t get over. The flaked barley creates a wonderful dimension, almost an oatmeal like degree of buttery softness. I would, however, like to see more liveliness of carbonation and a touch of bitterness. Nonetheless, well done. A keeper for sure. adrian910ss (2595) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 8, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a thick oily pitch black with a tiny light brown head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, barley, black licorice and alcohol. Taste of sweet roasted malts, black licorice, barley, dark chocolate and alcohol. A big beer with a big punch. MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bottle. Thick black pour that slowly releases a one finger orangish tan head. Aromas are a lovely mix of burnt malt scents that are reminsicent of peat and a little smoke, coffee and dark chocolate, soy sauce and a little touch of alcohol. Flavor is more of the same with a thick alcoholic bite to it. Molasses and soy flavors come through stronger in the taste than in the nose. Nice, but there is a little bit too much bite to the alcohol at cellar temperature. CP (124) - USA - APR 7, 2008
This one is awesome. It has a jester on teh bottle. LOL!................... EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
Very, very dark. Lots of alcohol and burnt oak in the aroma. Little head or carbonation. Flavor of chocolate, coffee and over ripe fruit, and pretty creamy. The alcohol gets in the way a bit for me. I liked it, but probably won’t serve it.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 WOW!! What an Impy. It is hard to say that something is underrated at 96 percentile, but this one very well might be. Just a terrific and complex brew, I was very impressed. Pours a jet black, thick and doesn’t let any light through at all. Very thick and tan head. Loads and loads of coffee in the flavor. Very chewy, great mixture of malts and barley. Nice hints of chocolate, with some light fruit on the backend. Thickens as it warms, becomes even bolder. A little too boozy in spots, but that’s really the only thing holding it back. One review said this was very different, in a good way, and I couldn’t agree more. Fantastic. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 Date: 03/22/2008OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of drippy lace,
Aroma: rich dark chocolate aroma with light roasted,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice fruity dark caramel sweetness, light bitterness rises out of the dark chocolate,
Score: 3.8 to 4.1
Words: road trip
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and chocolate aroma,
Body: creamy velvet body,
Flavor: great rich and creamy dark chocolate and roasted flavor, dark caramel sweetness brings out the rich chocolate and adds a fruity character, the roasted brings it back in balance, creamy oak and vanilla, touch of peppery alcohol,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 16/20
bottle, from Cary Whole Foods. Ok aroma, bitter sweet. Roasted grains, chocolate, ABV, little soy sauce. Brownish black color, small head, ok lacing. Bitter sweet flavor. Chocolate malt balls come to mind. Medium body, oily smooth mouthfeel, bitter finish. Dunno, easy to drink and overall. Flavor had a nice cocoa streak about it. Didn’t floor me though. At times it got a little dull and I didn’t rush to finish it. WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a motor oil black with a thin brown lacing. Aroma is sweet and dark, with strong scents of caramel, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is fairly full, with an initial taste of smoke, roasted malt, and chocolate giving way to a long, velvety finish of caramel, coffee, and a bitter twinge of hops, anise, and booze. Not your average imperial stout, and I mean it in a good way. Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2008
With almost no head and a black-as-night hue, this Imperial has a lightly licorice-like aroma with pineapple and burnt toast accents. The actual flavor is robust and warm; a light carbonation makes it heavy and lingering on the palate, spreading its mallty and floral flavors, resulting in a deep, bitter finish.
Night Tripper would be an excellent accompaniment to a pot roast and rosemary potatoes.