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 (3207) - 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 (2470) - 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 (11049) - 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 (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.
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. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
GABF 2005. Black body with rusty highlights and a creamy tan head with good duration. Nice aroma of toffee, rich chocolate, mocha, and plums. Great range and balance. Flavor is like a high quality liqueur with mild dark fruit and coffee and acidity, medium bitterness, and a pleasing, long finish and aftertaste. Excellent imperial stout. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2005
GABF 2005. The first beer at the festival. My notes were very similar to Aubrey’s. It had a really nice aroma, which is hard considering those little glasses and one ounce pours. The mouthfeel was tremendous and chewy. It was not destroyed by excessive hops, but nicely balanced. It was very vinous and intensely fruity, with raisin, charred plum, chocolate and roast flavors. Went back for seconds three or four times. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2006
On tap at Duck Island. Black with small head. WONDERFUL aroma. Lots of roasted malt...chocolate...small notes of alcohol. This is a serious stout....a very impressive effort. Lots of chocolate, dark fruit, and a little coffee. But, the alcohol was overpowering in the taste...great stout, but they need to hide the strength more. douglas88 (9195) - 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.