arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2010
From the can, pours deep black with thin tan head. Aroma is huge dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Taste up front is chocolate, a bit of hops leading into coffee and dark fruit sweetness. Ends with a significant smoky taste and a bitter finish from the hops. Excellent stout, really balanced yet still strong and bold! One of the best I’ve had from a can. Terminus (3710) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2010
can!! canned on 10/30/09. One i have been wanting to try for years and now i am finally having this fine brew. pours black as the abyss with a small tight brown head around the rim of the glass. some decent legs going on as the beer level goes down...coca, roast, anise, soy, burnt embers and fairly strong alcohol presence on the nose. huge dark chocolate flavors dominate when the beer is cold, but lots of burnt roast comes through as it warms., alcohol is there, but not overbearing. palate is slick and oily-very nice! A pretty standard Impy stout if you ask me, but very well done. This is a style that i stray from more and more as i seek smaller beers these days. However, with that said, i do enjoy these once in a while and will rate them accordingly. kangaroo (67) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Pours deep black, even the stream pouring from my can was utterly opaque with no light coming through at all. Incredible 2 inch tall brown head on top of the dark rich liquid. My initial impression was that this beer may be unstoppable. The smell is of licorice, molasses and mild hops. The taste is very sweet, dry, licorice, roastedness, chocolate and coffee, some notes I have only had in bourbon barrel beers before, very complex and good. The finish is smooth, the hops are almost completely hidden by the overwhelming maltiness of this. Stops short of being syrupy. ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2010
A pitch black beer that looks really freaky as it pours from the can. A small brown head settles into a ring of lacings.
The aroma is quite powerful with notes of roasted malts, piny hops, chocolate, molasses, coffee and a hint of alcohol. Dangerously close to being a mess, but it keeps it together.
The smell is quite sweet at first with lots of chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and molasses. Hints of soy sauce. Then it turns fairly bitter with notes of bitter roasted aromas and piny hops. Strangely enough, although it feels powerful it feels like it lacks something in the middle. The finish is fairly warming with notes of sweet alcohol, roasted malts and hops.
Medium to full body, quite lively carbonation actually, but the mouthfeel i smooth.
This is quite a massive stout and it’s constantly on the edge of collapsing into a sweet and bitter mess, but for the most part I think it manages to deliver. I had this at room temperature and I think I would have liked to have had it served a few degrees cooler. mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
What a gorgeous mother of a beer! Deep black hole dark - light has no hope of passing throught this beer. I’ve never imagined a beer that thick and dark. Nice dark tan head with a little lace, doesn’t last.
Aroma is of bright dark chocolate, dark coffee beans, cooked sweet fruit - apple maybe?, and nice roasty goodness. Mouthfeel is as you would expect - syrupy thick - with velvety soft carbonation.
Starts light - tate doesn’t show up until the middle of the tongue. Starts with dark chocolate, carbon, licorice, maybe a hint of vanilla, deep woodsiness. Develops more into dark burnt roast - tastes like a campfire - in a good way. Alcohol is warming, but not overdone. An overlying sweetness doen’s compete with the bitterness but keeps it from being unpleasant. Kind of a meatiness in the end, crips bitterness lasts in the end.
What a glorious beer. I will dream of this, and I may write a song about it.
motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2010
canned. thanks to ernest for this one. deep shade of black with not much sign of a head, aroma of honeycomb chocolate, condensed milk with a hint of dark grape. very sippable and balanced, actually turned out to be a pretty good nightcap after an evening of wine tasting grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Very dark brown, viscous, with almost an orange head. Lovely chocolatey/malty aroma, sweet but not cloying; rich and complex. Nutty, roasty flavor, sinuously sweet again, but not overdone. Lightly smoky, grapey a bit, hints of vanilla. Quiet, thick and balanced finish. Great. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Jet black thick pour with tan head. Scent is sweet roasted malts, sugar and a tinge of booze. Taste is very nice roast malt with dry bitter finish. Nice beer! basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 Drank from a pint glass out of a can. I’ve never seen a beer this thick; looks like chocolate pudding. The flavors in this beer are spectacular. Heavy on the chocolate, mixed in with coffee, some malts, and an almost milky flavor. It all comes together for the best stout I’ve ever tasted. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2010
can poured into a snifter and paired with chocolate cake (made with Ommegang Abbey ale). Pours dark black with nice brown head and good lacing. Arouma is pine, molasses biscuit and dark roasted malts, chocolate beans, caramelizing brown sugar. Very smooth and thick, though not as syrupy as I was expecting. Certainly hoppy - piney and bitter, but balanced pretty well against the sweet malts. Roasted, toasty chocolate, really tasty. Leaves some burnt woody taste on the tongue. Pairs amazingly with the cake. The thick beer washes down the cake really nicely. I feel like a giant. Finishes with some tart, boozey notes and a sense of euphoria.