osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2005
I’m not the biggest fan of Imp. Stouts but this is certainly a well made beer. Very intense smokey coffee flavor, noticable hops, and aftertaste is espresso. The bitterness is a bit too much for my liking but I would definately drink this beer again. (I better, I have 3 left) morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
So far, this is the best stout I’ve tried. Super, super smooth. Chocolate accents and very well balanced. Had no idea it was 9% JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
There are so many different ways to taste this complex brew I don’t know where to start. It had a darkish-red pour like motor oil but not as dark as the Dark Lord. The aroma was one of slightly sweet spices and the taste was a bit bourbonesque with bitter notes wrapped in between. There was a sweetness in the finish. This is one of those beers I drink slowly to appreciate all of the points and its heaviness doesn’t make it the most drinkable beer. Its definately one of the most interesting beers out there. CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Near perfection. Completely pleasing in all respects. This is what a high quality beers should aspire to. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pours near opaque with a monstrous tan head that dissipates into creamy mounds of foam. Nice aroma with notes of caramel and chocolate. Some roastiness and a subtle underbelly of raisens. A very slight tinge of alcohol as well. Nice rounded body that moves from sweet chocolate to espresso smoothly and cleanly. Medium thickness and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. A truly great stout. But wait, this is supposed to be an Imperial Stout right? Other Impys I’ve had duelve much deeper and break the usual chocolate/roasty pattern with complexity and levels. While this is a beautiful stout, only the ABV takes it to the Impy level for me.
Enormo (25) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Black with a frothy tan and orange head. Smells are similar to that of other imp stouts I have had. Coffee, chocolate, and an alcohol sweetness. A lot of coffee in the body with a bit of hop bitterness toward the finish. Dry finish, hides the alcohol very well. Stew41 (2021) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 14, 2005
Rich nose with almost confectionary and fruity (Red Skin?) notes. Much more serious in the mouth, built in a dry style. Has a great body of flavour with good use of malts. Finishes quite dry and sharp. Expected a touch more complexity as IMHO doesn’t really hit top speed. Very good though. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 Bottle. Pours dark ruby with amber brown head. Smells of chocolate with mild roast. Tastes of chocolate malt with a slight hop finish. Very creamy and delicious. Excellent beer! blueshockey24 (607) - Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Reddish Brown Head, Chocolate Malt Smell. Full Bodied Creamy Chocolate ttaste with chocolate / hoppy aftertaste.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Very dark, motor oil like pour with a red tinted head. Aromas are strong: lots of chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, and hops. Very intense, complex flavors. Rich and silky, with coffee like roastiness, chocolate, smoke and bitter hops. Long, long finish. A truely fine example of the style.