Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
500 ml bottle
Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Thanks to Drew for picking up a bottle of this in exchange for some local Wisconsin beers. It’s pretty well done for an imperial stout. If the Dark Horizon is at least this good it might be worth the cost.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body swirled fluidly around the tulip glass. A one finger head the color of dark mahogany sat on top neither growing nor fading. Smoke, expresso and cooled chocolate brownies created a satisying collection of scents. The overall impression was sweet, dry and a bit chalky. It reminds me of slightly watered down one year old Expedition Stout.
Flavor / Palate - The hoppiness was a bit different than what I was expecting but was well balanced by the malty foundation. Smoke, licorice, ash, plums and dark chocolate melded into a cohesive mouthfeel. A lingering bitterness highlighted the finish. The whole experience was pleasing and solid. I did feel as if there were still a few tweaks that could be made to improve it; perhaps that is what they did with Dark Horizon.
500ml bottle. Batch 784 (I think - label is creased) bottled 060507, best by 060512. Jet black with a big brown head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. I mean big - 3"? Big, sweet, malt and fruit nose, some light chocolate and citrus. Bitter chocolate really comes out in the flavor, some dark fruit (plum and raisins). Very nice lace, thick and foamy to the end. Insanely drinkable, a lightly dry bittersweet cocoa finishes a lovely beer. Excellent! wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours black with a thin layer of tan head forming. Some roasted aromas with licorice and chocolate. Well roasted flavor with a full sweetness right from the start. A very nice stout. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Luckily I brought 2 of these with me from MN as I really like this beer. Lots of Molasses and chocolate with some syrupy, thick espresso tossed in. I hate an Impy that is thin and this one is far from thjat realm. Thick and chewy as we like to say. A very good Impy. leaparsons (10756) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are mollasses an dark syrup with earthy malts. Flavours are roast malts with dark syrup and good dark chocolate bitterness. Everything about it is dark.
glennmastrange (2914) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of toasted, roasted nuts and coffee, moderate perfume smell for the hops, and light earth for the yeast, with alcohol in the background. Head is brown like the foam on top of chocolate milk, partly a thin film and partly bubbly, has good lacing, is mostly diminishing, and the body coated the glass nicely. Color is so black no light passes through. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic then the finish is lightly sweet and acidic and leaves a long bitter aftertaste like bittersweet chocolate. Palate is medium to full, cramy/syrupy, has a soft carbonation, and finishes moderately astringent and dry. A nice deep mix of overall aromas and flavors makes this an excellent after dinner drink, by itself or with desert. I’d take this over espresso any day. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Pours a deep black color with huge brown head that fades quickly leaving nice amounts of lace. Aroma is dark chocolate, light anise, light caramel and dark fruit. This is one great smelling impy. Taste is dark chocolate, cocoa powder, licorice and caramel. Light carbonated and full bodied. The alcohol is a bit too much, but not over the top. Unfortunately, the beer has a bit too thin of a finish for me. Still, this is good stuff. lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Dark black pour into a snifter. Smell is of rich roast malt, licorice and a hint of fruitiness and alcohol. Nice level of carbonation, a bit creamy and some ripe banana notes in the flavor. Some dry cocoa powder in the finish, and very characteristic of their beers. Some dark chocolate as well. If the alcohol was tamed just a touch, I’d like this quite a bit more, but as is, it is still a pretty nice Imperial Stout. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Holy sh*t. This one is unreal. Midnight black pour with an equally dark brown head. Full, bubbly, cascading and thick. Let this one warm up. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted oats, and leather. Nearly overwhelming rich taste. Smoke, bacon, toasty oats, chocolate (dark and milk), some cream, butter, and a hint of vanilla. A supremely great beer. KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle via beerlando. Dark color. Smell of hops, chocolate, malt, rye, alcohol, roasted coffee and caramel. Tastes the same. Nice hop bitterness and very smooth.