Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Huge thanks to boboski for having this one on tap at the O Town Throwdown. Where has this beer been all of my life?? Pours pitch black, with a huge tan head. Nice lacing and coating on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, wood, bread. Medium carbonation. Flavor is all of the above, with some added vanilla and spice. Finishes clean and dry. A huge, big beer, and one of my absolute new favorites. I only wish it was easier to get for those of us on the East coast. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Thanks to OhioDad and leopoldstoch for sharing at the Columbus tasting #6. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the aroma.Pours black with a medium brown head.Lots of great chocolate with some hops in the flavor as well.Full mouthfeel with a very smooth chocolate finish. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle via trade with Goldtwins - Shared at Columbus Tasting 6 - Pous black with a dark tan head that left a healthy amount of lace. Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, and slightly muted pine. Flavor is smooth milk chocolate, coffee, and some pine at the finish. Very smooth full mouthfeel. Much like good thick chocolate milk. Low carbonation. This is a fantastic Impy! thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Thanks to leopoldstoch and OhioDad for sharing their bottles. Roasted chocolate and a hint of alcohol make up the nose. Black in color with a brown head. Full palate lies under a full chocolate flavor with great roasted presence. Light hop character plays behind the scenes throughout the experience which is very enjoyable and well done. One great beer. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Hand bottle shared by butters and OhioDad at C-Bus 6: Black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee, and some earthy notes. Flavor, very roasty, some nice chocolate, and a really nice, earthy, roasted bitterness to it. I’m usually not a fan of really hoppy Imperials, but this was quite good.
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Tap @ Hop Devil Grill: Opaque black pour with a chocolate milk colored head. Aroma is very chocolatey, roasty and a peach-like fruityness. Has a chocolate malted flavor upfront. Light perfumy hints upfront and a surprising fruityness of peaches in the flavor as well. Creamy chocolate notes, leading to a very burnt flavor in the finish. Smokey and coal like in the finish to balance the earlier fruity notes. A bit too burnt in the finish in my opinion. Still a solid Imperial Stout. tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 Sweet Jesus, this is one hell of a thick pouring brew. My wife even took notice while I was pouring it. Just dense opaque black with some brown head. The aroma has a rich chocolaty, rocky road, fudge ripple, marshmallow fluff thing going on that is pretty irresistible. Hell, if you take the time to find them, there are some hops in this bear. Coffee and char are the major flavor components. Oh, don’t even trip. All of the character of the aroma are there in one way or another. Theres a strong bitter finish. Thick and rich on the palate. Ten FIDY is sooooo insanly easy to drink, its criminal. Brad has out done himself this time. Thanks a million brother. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 26, 2007
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. A glorious beer. Pours like motor oil. Black syrup with no head. This is german chocolate pie in a glass. So milky rich that I cannot even tell there’s any alcohol. Dangerous. doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Finally got to the Brick Store to try this and was blown away by this beer. Incredibly thick brown head and jet black appearance. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, smoke, oak aromas. Mouthfeel was very nice with a soft carbonation. Very thick with no alcohol taste, very long finish. I think this is the best impy stout I’ve ever had!! BeerandBlues2 (13669) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Draught at Oskar Blues. Pours black, opaque, with a small creamy dark brown head, somewhat diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, coffee, burnt), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough) with notes of prune, wood, smoke and tar. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness and acidity, heavy bitterness.