after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Draft at the Dog and Pony. This is great stuff, but it’s very clearly chosen one side of the aisle. Pours a deep opaque black with a relatively brief thick moussy tan head. Smells sweet and syrupy. Is sweet and syrupy. Tastes sweet and syrupy. Thick body, but not sticky or chewy. Syrupy, in fact. Licorice, chocolate, some toffee and molasses. Anise. A little phenol as it warms. Not very much a differentiated beer; it’s a celebration of the unconverted sugars in big stouts. A Russian Imperial Cordial, if you will. Tasty and fun to drink, but a pint was probably a bit much. Laura didn’t seem to mind her mistake in pouring ’em that way, though, even when her boss showed up hours later and happened to mention that it’s best served in goblets. We didn’t mind either. This is probably the Northwest Mephistopheles. BuckeyeBoy (7930) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2007
#400 O YA .ON TAP at BREWPUB. Pours out BLACK topped with a GREAT long lasting tan head. Awsome aroma of roast and sweetness. WOW this was so good. Everything I have heard about this one and more. RIP JAY Ernest (7721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is heavily malty (chocolate, caramel, coffee), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This was the easy stout winner for me at GABF, and I must have gotten 6 pours before all was said and done. Beautiful strong malty nose, luxurious mouthfeel like liquid velvet, very rich and sweet but with a finishing balance that never fatigued. Really want to try this again someday in larger quantities...guess I should go visit my brother in Salem and drive up there. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Yet another mason jar from the Samurai!! Thanks Exra! Looked a touch flat in the jar, but had a very welcoming rising carbonation in the glass when poured.. nice and black with just a little bit of deeper beige head sticking around. The aroma picked up lots of dark chocolate, mild coffee, and a little bit of vanilla with a bit too much alcohol apparent.. otherwise warm and very enticing! The flavor was large and imposing.. lots of dark chocolate that was fueled by alcohol, darker fruits, and anise.. warm alcohol and lots of dark malt on the back-end through the warm finish.. delightfully complex and enjoyable! Heavy on the palate with a little less carbonation than I’d like (but probably due to the effort in getting it to me).. top freakin’ notch on all fronts! CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
GABF 2004: Mostly opaque with a dark tan head. Rich, sweet, caramel, roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate aroma. Starts full and sweet with caramel malt and toffee sprinkled with dark chocolate. Finishes with a sticky, syrupy sweetness and lingering roasted malt flavor that hides the alcohol very well. This exhibits great balance and complexity. A very nice imperial stout.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café: Black as night, moderate light Brown head, frothy, spotty lacing.   Sweet roasted malt nose.   Slight hints of dark pitted fruit and chocolate, very subtle but noticeable.   Its definetely not a gagger (Daysha says so).   Slight alcohol but its manageable.   Smooth, very smooth.   More and more fig/date/prune emerges as it warms.   If this is 12.7%, you would never guess it.   Very full bodied.   Mouthfel is smooth, almost silky.   Clean finish, some hop bite on top of a huge bittersweet chocolate malt base.   Lingering dark pitted fruit.   Fantastic stuff! kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
From growler, acquired in a trade by me with Dubbercody, shared at 2006 RBSG Grand Tasting. Dark black pour with some light coming thru on the edges under a nice one finger dark brown foamy head that vanished to a thin ring. Aroma is hugely roasty with thick maple syrup and a light tinge of alcohol. The flavor is pretty intensly roasty and chocolaty with lighter alcohol. A hint of burnt malt and light soy on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with great moderate carbonation. Slightly oily and sticky on the finish. Overall, I thought that this was very very good. The alcohol was certainly well hidden as well. One of my favorites for the evening. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
GABF 2005: Opaque with a firm creamy beige head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of roasted, smoked, and caramel malts; bourbon, woody and vanilla; prune and molasses; and a espresso shot for good measure. A big alcohol bite aggressive attacks the palate and open the way for the fruity and lush malt character of the beer to take hold. Touch of wood and vanilla lead to a final salty, smoky and earthy conclusion. The feel is sticky, lush and inviting till the alcohol punches you about the head repeatly, so I had three samples ’cause I am into pain. Outstanding Impy as it is big and bold. Perhaps still a bit too young and brash. TheBeerGod (6233) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Growler at RBSG 2006. Black with a light almost a maple-syrup-on-lightly-burnt-pancakes aroma. Some chocolaty and roasted malt compliment to that as well. Taste is malty, roasted, dark fruits, molasses and chocolate. Body is rich and full with a big carbonation feel to it. Finishes with more roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. Nice one! Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Deep dark brown, large lasting tan head. Powerfully malty nose, not exaggerating on the roastiness, but picking on subtler smoky and fruity (plum, date – actually not subtly fruity at all for an impy ) domains instead. The chocolate heaviness, hinting at cacao and coffee loses the flavour dominance game only to the sweet mapleish molasses aura. Nuances its discourse with suggestions of charcoal, cigar and campfire to become a winner. Very full bodied, creamy texture, smooth carbonation, dry palate. Alcohol remains totally under control while the master tells his speech and the roastiness feels like a grilled dessert, procuring a gentle bitterness that is surprisingly soft for west coast, avoiding the traps of astringency. I’m surprised this is not rated higher, the few samples I had I rank up there with my favourite imperials..