brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2005
I believe this is 2004. Pours an opaque dark walnut color. Medium, very creamy, brown head. The aroma has malt, caramel, and marshmallow. Very thick and buttery. The flavor is semi-sweet citrus and pear (strange) with and acidic twinge. There is also some wood and charcoal bourbon hints. Perhaps there is an inkling of coco and/or hazelnut like rogues brown ale. The mouth feel starts towards astringent then moves to watery with a bit of oil. Moderate carbonation. Overall a strange combo.. I don’t know what their Imp tastes like but I hope it’s got an edge on this. ABUSEDGOAT (2760) - California, USA - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Nice one. With usual impy stout characteristics the oak aging helped make this smoother and brought in some vanilla flavoring. Almost a milky mouthfeel. Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2005
Draft. Opaque black. Decent tan head, somewhat crispy; diminishes a little right off the bat but lingers for duration. Smells like... Jim Beam and toast. Mild carbonation balances well. Tastes like a lighter version of Mackeson XXX Stout to me. I can definitely detect the woodiness in this stuff, though. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2005
Black, with a small white head. Vinous nose, sweet, with notes of cherry cordials, oak, roasted coffee. Sweet flavor, port-like, vinous, with coffee, chocolate, and faint oak notes--a good use of the oak barrel: this beer can stand up to it. Intense, thick and rich, with cherries and chocolate mousse undertones, a good dessert beer.
Thanks, DocLock! Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 18, 2005
A tightly bubbled tan head over an opaque, black brew. Smooth at the first taste but strong bodied. Is that the oak in the aftertaste? Different, but good. I was searching for an adjective to describe it. Earthy came to mind, perhaps woody is better. The coffee and chocolate flavors were subdued, for an imperial, but emerged slowly into the aftertaste. A good experience.
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 13, 2005
This impy is black....allows no light to penetrate it. Nice tan head with good lacing. Gives a good mouthfeel like the better imperials I’ve had....coats the tongue well. Aroma is very woody. Taste is very good, malty on the front end with a roasted coffee taste in the finish. I like this a lot. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
Black w/ brown foam. Roasty, chocolaty aroma w/ notes of espresso, oak, vanilla, & bourbon. Thick, Chewy feel. Rich, roasty, moderately complex flavour of dark chocolate, espresso, oak & vanilla w/ a mild sour edge & some fruity notes. tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2005
I thought this was a great imperial stout! maybe it’s the oak aging, but I thought I got hints of sweetness, maybe honey. On the other hand, my brother said "it’s not thick, it’s not chewy, it’s just not imperial". hmm. jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2005
bottle thanks to....hopscotch was it? anyway, pours a light black color with a beige head that survives as a ring around the edge of the glass. vanilla and oak dominate the aroma, with some liquor which i took to be bourbon but apparently is just plain old whiskey. tons of vanilla in the flavor, which is strange considering the roasty bitterness that it finishes with. intriguing beer, especially considering that it only weighs in at 8.2%. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
Aroma is a bitter, almost burnt coffee, black as coal, small cappuccino head. Strong, bitter taste, reminds me more of an entire butt porter. Bitter, almost sour, thin. Unique in that it doesn’t even try to fit the style?