RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 12oz bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON. Aroma: grapes, coffee, light cocoa and anise, a touch of pine and some floral notes. Appearance: Oily looking black in color. Head was dark tan, creamy, and short lived. Nice lacing. Flavor: Roasted malt with some strong coffee notes. Vinous, dark fruits, pine, floral, and some light grass. Bitter throughout with some escalation near the finish. A light sourness before the finish, as well. Palate: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Not bad, but there are so many great beers in this style that it’s hard to stand out. Worth a try. thebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 HUGE thanks to JCB for sending this to me--great trader...Not a lot I like about this one unfortunately for me. Aroma is of chocolate, very bitter coffee and has some vinuous aspects as well. Black in appearance with a brown head. Medium palate is carbonated a little more than most imperials. Yowzer! The taste is so acidic and bitter that I can’t get past it. Coffee is the taste but the dry acridness of the beer overrides everything. Nothing here for me to enjoy. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Re-Rate 2010: Bottle from my man Facto. Glad to try this one again, haven’t had it since my initial rating. Black pour with a nice tan head. Deep coffee and chocolate aroma. The mouthfeel is very nice--full and creamy--but not so thick that it’s tough to drink. Solid flavors of chocolate malts and light coffee. I like the balance in the sweetness and the bitterness here--neither is over the top like so many stouts I’ve had lately. Score has been updated to reflect the re-rate.
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Bottle from TURDFERGUSON. This beer is black as midnite with a nice creamy head. I swear I smell blueberries??!! I also smell strong bitter roasted malt and espresso. Kind of rough with the taste of dark fruits showing up. Full bodied with bitter semi sweet dark chocolate and burt bitter flavors in the finish. I’m going to age a few bottles and revisit this beer. Thanks, Sam. Blueberries!?!? 505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Nutty, chocolate, caramel aroma. Pours dark with a light brown head. Flavor is licorice, sweet, dark fruits, with a coffee and alcohol finish. Full body, pretty good. Nice beer, no baltic porter though. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Bottle, though I did attend the release party at Milltown and had 3 pints there. Good aroma sweet & roasty Chocolate/esspresso, a real nice blueberry and or grape fruitiness about it. Brownish black color, good cocoa brown head that faded quick to a slim ring. Little to no lace. Bitter flavor Bitter chocolate, some earthy notes, little marshmellow too, tad harsh. Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very impressive, I think as little age is gonna mellow that harshness I’m getting, Love the Duck Rabbit.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Pours out a lovely deep black forming a dark brown foamy head. Aroma was tantalizing, rich chocolates, burnt coffee, figs, malts, and such. Reminded me of a strong irish or scottish coffee. Flavor was burnt chocolate expresso with an emphasis on malts and a hoppish ending. What another superb beer from Farmville NC! This is a beer to behold and cherish, to experience every black drop of its goodness. Alcohol was hidden deep within the flavors, given its wonderful character. Awesome Impy, find it if you can. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Lots of bitter burnt coffee in the aroma.Pours very dark with a big creamy tan head.Just a hint of chocolate with lots of bitter coffee dominating the flavor.Thin to medium mouthfeel with a bit to much of a bitter coffee finish. hopscotch (11305) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention. The aroma is of dark chocolate and blueberries. Heavy burnt chocolate, espresso bean and subtle blueberry flavor. Full-bodied with an abrasive, thick mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Heavy espresso, dry, acrid finish! BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Very complex ... Duck Rabbit’s big ones tend to be that way. A million thanks go out to TURDFERGUSON for shipping this one my way!
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Pours a deep oily black. Thin chocolate colored head. Aroma of roasted barley, strong coffee and earthy tones. Flavor was more of the same, only better! Very earthy with a dose of espresso shot to the face. Bittersweet chocolate tones and dark fruit lay beneath the stronger flavors. Really a great and complex Imperial Stout. Been waiting for this one. The mouthfeel is full, the beer is heavy in body and your palate tingles for quite some time after a sip (it’s bitter and hoppy on the finish). Worth the wait. Should age beautifully and mellow with time. Have a case in the cellar already. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2007
The aroma was deep and dark with a strong dark fruit complexity of raisins and prunes coupled with roasted barley, chocolate and strong coffee. Alcohol tickled the nasal passages with a light bit of spice. Black with a ruby highlight when held to light and a small brown head which did last enough to lace at the glass. The flavor was strongly roasty with espresso coffee most notable coupled with chocolate and some strong bittering. The bittering kept the malt presence in the background and actually increased the ability to consume the beer. The body was full, but not quite viscous, and with a moderate carbonation had a creamy mouthfeel before a bone dry finish. The roasted malts and bittering continued long and strong into the aftertaste as did the warming that occurred due to alcohol after consumption. A really nice Imperial Stout with some strong bittering that should lessen over time. 12 ounce bottle, 2007 release, $11/6.