IndianaRed (4871) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2007
On Tap at the Brewpub. Pitch black and viscous. Modest tan head and coarse sheeting lacing. Dark roasted malts in the aroma along with sweet pitted fruit and purple grapes. Thick oily palate and modest carvonation propels the malty sweetness over the toungue. Sweet daek roast flavors with remaekably little balancing bitterness. This its only drawback, minor as it may be. Finish is quick and soft. Only a slight bitter trailer.
Glad to have finally had this one. Lives up to the hype.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Draft at Walking Man in Stevenson, OR on 7/22/07. Black on black body with a very durable creamy brown head and beautiful lace. Rich coffee aroma, accented with some dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Heavy body with light carboantion and a luxurious thick and creamy feel. Burnt sugar, chocolate, and sweet riated malts are balanced by a peppery bitterness in a ling and satisfying finish. This is really a nicely done Impy Stout. douglas88 (9515) - 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. Ernest (7748) - 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. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Poured and sampled at GABF. Black pour with a foamy brown head. Nice burnt malt aroma with caramel sweet hints. Deep flavor. Burnt malts, caramel, chocolate, alcohol (a bit strong actually) perhaps cherry, lovely. Body was creamy and full. Delicious.
TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Draft: Opaque black. Creamy light-cinnamon head. Assertive scents of charred caramel and malt. Fruity, as well, with dates, plums, and caramelized custard. Voluptuously thick in body. Dry and somewhat fuzzy. Brisk commencement of scratchy minerals over an acrid burnt malt base. Though the maint medicinal twinge is faint and short lived, it displaces the nuanced roast. Touch of blackberry softness gracefully accompanies the piquant black malt sting, but esters are lacking for the most part. Meaty in the center with notes of port and smoke. Finishes light on its feet but elegantly complex with an everlasting sensation of ashy dryness and musty concrete which prolong the astringent burnt cookie aftertaste. Very nice take on the style. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. From the growler. Pours coal black with a dark beige head. Chalky, in fact, almost dessicating. It is sweet and roasted like drinking burned rice krispies. Delicious and filling. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Jet black pour thick tan well laced head. Light aroma grahm crackers chocolates roasty malts. palate is full thick and creamy. Flavor is chocolate pie, grahm crackers, vanilla beans, butters. Very good. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
GABF 2006: Deep black color with a nice tan head. Big roasted aroma with notes of black licorice. The flavor was sweet and roasty with some nice chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied with warmth in the chest. Alcohol is hidden well as far as the taste goes. 50belair (3670) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Big thanks to Christian for hooking me up with a flip top of this gem from the PNW. All kinds of flavors running around in here: burnt molasses, black liquorish, sweet smoke, dark roasted malts. WOW. Really impressive. Gotta make it out to WA and try this bad boy on tap....