harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Been waiting a long time to try this one. No light penetration whatsoever, this is black as stouts come. Small dark brown head. Nose is as complex as I expect the flavor to be. Lots of dried dark fruits, some roasted coffee and vanilla as in oakiness. Thick and sweet mouthfeel, with big notes of espresso, and heavy dark chocolate and cocoa. Sits nicely on the palate without being overwhelming for the amount of alcohol is perfectly masked for being 12.7% BuckeyeBoy (8857) - 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 HumuloneRed (765) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Darkness of night with a great head and lacing. Sweet malt nose. Big complex flavor (honey, fruit, coffee, oak and toasted malt) with a nice roasty thick finish. Very nice. 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.. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
RBSG 06. Nice, slight head with good retention. Coffee; medium mouthfeel. Sugar and maple syrup on a lengthy finish.
fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
GABF. One of the favorites. Nice Dark pour with decent head. Lots of dark fruit and chocolate aromas. More on the flavor. Roasted malt and coffee too. Very good daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2010
Hand bottle from buckeyeboy! Thanks for this treat! Pours almost a black color with a tan head. Lots of molasses and roasted malt in the nose. Flavor is loaded with molasses, prunes, roast, alcohol and some dark toffee. A really good beer. Great actually. CaptainCougar (7634) - 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. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
10/1/04. On draft at GABF ’04 in Denver, CO 10/1/04. Extremely dark coffee brown, almost black, with a dark tan head. Nearly perfect appearance on an imperial stout-- even the head is dark as hell-- but it could be a bit more opaque. Lovely rich aroma with a nice balance of sweetly decadent dark chocolate notes and dark roasty toasty coffee. Could be a little bit stronger, but it’s damn good anyway. Mostly dark chocolate and some good roast on the flavor, but I could use a little more punch. It’s not the alcohol punch I want-- I love that this stuff is masked very, very well; it’s the punch of incredible unfolding richness that this beer sort of lacks. It’s nicely complex with some molasses, dark chocolate-covered cherries (without any cherry fruitiness) and the aforementioned chocolate and roasted malts. Very lovely mouthfeel with fluffy carbonation and a full body. It also has nice balance and tremendous drinkability for what it is, but it could use a little more ass-kickness. douglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2010
So this beer was so special that Eric even rated it. Handbottle thanks to Jeremy- thanks Buckeyeboy. Pours a pure black color with a medium frothy brown head. The aroma was rich and fruity, huge roasted malts. The flavor was heavy and almost oily (awesome), sweet roasted malts, lots of dark fruit, prunes and sweeter fruit, hot and somehow very smooth. A very good Impy. In fact, very damn good.