FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 3/29/2008...Deep, dark, Texas Tea espresso/Jolt cola-color with thick, compact dark maple walnut/praline head and great lacing.
Heavy alcoholic tinge with tinny tones of earth, slate, grassy hops and double-roasted coffee and malt - a little unbalanced; not quite beautiful chemistry but blown away nonetheless
Wow. Burnt espresso, heavy ring of bitterness from coffee and hops. Mild sweetness - abundance of everything and way over the top.
Finishes very thick with nice, harsh coffee tingle.
This one’s for quality, not quantity. Sip, savor and enjoy in moderation.
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Can. Pours an opaque black with a deep tan, one finger head that has good retention and leaves some good lacing. Aroma is black licorice, cherry Twizzlers, maple and brown sugar oatmeal. Taste upfront is oily and velvety on the palate with chocolate milk, espresso gelato but then goes to dry, bittering hops and ends with a long, dry, roasted barley and raw cocoa finish. Not a super outstanding impy but the best beer on the planet that comes out of a can so that deserves some bonus points. elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2010 12oz canned August 25, 2008, enjoyed August 21, 2010. Trying some aged 10W50 tonight...hopefully my tolerance will allow me this 2-year old can plus the 1-year old can in the same night for some comparisons. Pours thick black with a very small DARK brown head, one of the darkest heads I’ve seen, shame it was so small and short-lived. Reduces to a small ring and very faint wispy island, leaves just a few temporary spots of lacing. Aroma is rich black coffee...lots of coffee, some dark chocolate and roasted malt, a little bit of anise and dark fruits round things out. Flavor is roasted malt, anise, cherries/dark fruit, some coffee & chocolate, very low alcohol presence. Good, but not the best tasting Ten FIDY I’ve had. Mouthfeel is medium bodied for an IS, low carbonation, sticky. Well, the muted alcohol was nice, however this seems to have lost some of the characteristics I’ve enjoyed in this beer in the past. Definitely curious to see what the 1-year old can has in store.DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2009
Aroma 8, Appearance 3, Taste 8, Palate 3, Overall 18, Score 4.0
12oz canned Sept 25, 2009, enjoyed August 21, 2010. Pours thick black with a small, fizzy, and quickly dissipating dark brown head, reduces to a small ring and doesn’t leave much lacing. Aroma is of moderate strength and features some coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruits, mustiness and alcohol, quieter than other versions I’ve had. Flavor is some strong coffee, somewhat burnt, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some dark fruits and a touch of sourness, also only of moderate strength. Alcohol makes more and more of a presence as it warms and becomes fairly distracting. Mouthfeel is thick compared to all beers, but medium bodied for the style, low to medium carbonation, oily and a bit sticky. Good, but easily my least favorite can of this I’ve had. While never reviewed, the 2007 batch ranks in my memory as the best one yet.
Aroma 7, Appearance 3, Taste 7, Palate 3, Overall 17, Score 3.7
Original Review July 3, 2009:
12oz. can. Pours black, literally like used motor oil. Blackest, thickest substance I’ve ever seen come out of an aluminum can. Small dark brown head. Some lacing, but very temporary, doesn’t stick to the glass. Aroma is dark roasted malts, cofee, and some chocolate. Flavor is heavy on the chocolate with some coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of the hops rearin’ their head, and is also long-lasting. This year’s is less chocolaty than the previous year’s. Low carbonation, thick and rich. A top-notch imperial stout. I’ve bought a number of 4-packs over the past year and will definitely buy more. Enjoying this one along with a Hershey bar and they’re a great combo!
Aroma 8, Appearance 4, Taste 9, Palate 5, Overall 18, Score 4.4
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2010 1. On tap at the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, Lyons 10/10/2007
Strong roast aroma. Small tan head. Black strong in alcohol and fruity with a bitter coffee roast finish.
2. From the Can at the Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont 08/10/2008
Strong roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol and fruity. A little rich. Crisp dry and slightly bitter full roast finish.
3. On Tap at the Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont 23/09/2009
Beige head. Big fruit and hop aroma. Black smooth on the palate and very strong in alcohol with a little dryness in a bitter roast finish.
4. On Tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green 06/08/2010
Big roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol and rich on the palate with a bitter and dry coffee roast finish. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2009
THOUGHTS: The best imperial stout I ever had from a can. OK, it’s the only one I’ve ever had in a can, but seriously it is better than some of the bottled variety. Hid alcohol decently.
TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a dark brown that was opaque black in the glass with a small to average, light brown head that mostly diminished, but left good lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate syrup and ever so slight coffee, very light piney hops, light alcohol, dark fruit and chocolate milk. The initial flavor was sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was very sweet and bitter with an average duration. There was chocolate syrup, slight soy sauce, dark fruit, acai berries, plum, slight pine hops, coffee and dark chocolate. The medium to full body was fairly oily with soft carbonation and a light alcoholic finish.
UltraViolence (23) - USA - JUL 1, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Stupid good. Ginormous. You could run an Indy Car on this goop, before it invades Tokyo on it’s own directive. Light does not pass through it, and in a good way. This is just the ultimate marriage of power and finesse, and the oats give it a smoothness and a uniqueness in the Imperial category. Don’t let the fact you’ll most likely try it from an aluminum can put you off...that’s just a charming sort of bonus.
lordsummerisle (18) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Delicious. Pours pitch black with tan head, very thick velvety chocolate aroma with loads of malt. Flavor is extremely complex. Obvious chocolate and coffee flavors but something fruity down there, cherries or figs maybe. Malt might be a little overpowering but that is a minor criticism of what otherwise is a flat-out awesome beer. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 30, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Cans from hophead22, SuIIy, and Captaincougar- Thanks guys! Had a few cans of this now. Pours a really deep brown with a quicky fading tan head. notes of dark chocolate, coffee, malt, toast. Nice body with a grainy yet smooth mouthfeel. drinking chocolate milk with some grammcrackers and bittering hops dropped in. One of the beersI had a metallic finish to it that was a little offputting. But overall, This was a good beer. Happy I finally tried this! Thanks again!
Drinking this again and it is pretty damn tasty. RedSox2004 (1895) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Haven’t had a lot of impy stouts from a can...
Poured solid black with a smallish brown head and ok lacing. Strong coffee and molasses aromas with some buttery chocolate and malted milk balls. Wonderful espresso taste up front, with plenty of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, figs, warming alcohol, and a surprising hops bitterness that comes up to bite you toward the finish. One of the more complex flavor profiles I’ve come across. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, and a great espresso/chocolate aftertaste that lingers for a long while. This is great. Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2009
Can from Miver (thanks Joe !). Easily my best canned beer ever ! Opaque black with a dark brown head. Velvety mouthfeel. Sweet malty taste with lots of roasted coffee and chocolate. Very roasted aroma. A pleasure !