beautifulmess (4) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2008 does not count
Drank out of cognac snifter. Beer is superb. Currently my favorite. Putting a case away for a few years. Full bodied with coffee, chocolate overtones. This beer just keeps growing on me. It gets better with a little O2 taking away the slight heat from the 13.6% techdiver (22) - USA - AUG 27, 2008
Dark and dense with minimal head. Phenols evident over malt base. Great taste with a cherry chocolate background. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Awesome stuff. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2008
THOUGHTS: Really nice beer, but it will definitely improve with age. I already have one of these put aside to age for a year. This bottled version is much less harsh even after a month. I had this on tap at the Grey Lodge about a month prior to this one. That one was teeming with alcohol. This one doesn’t completely hid the alcohol, but it is very low for the ABV. Nice burn in the belly and chest. I know I said it would get better with some aging, but I had to give it a near perfect score. In a year this might be off the charts. I’ve always thought their best beers were stouts and this time they went even further than before. The warmer it got the more the alcohol came out. Much nicer than Allagash Black. The bomber is a little hard to finish.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was opaque black in the glass with a large, light brown head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was light to moderate roasted malt, milk chocolate and mild coffee, light barnyard and earthy yeast, lots of heavy, dark and slightly sour fruit, raisin, prune, alcohol, licorice and maybe ginger. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was heavy to harshly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter and slightly sour with a long on the alcohol finish. there was chocolate syrup, coffee, dark sour fruit, alcohol, maybe some spice and sort of licorice. The full body was oily, yet syrupy too with fairly fizzy carbonation and a moderate alcoholic finish. mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Pours out almost opaque black with a killer dark tan thick head that doesnt go away. THe aroma is sweet and raisiny, with evident alcohol.
It tastes bitter on the tip of the tongue, and then develops into a a raisin/prune sweetness. it is very full, almost chewy mouthfeel. The alcohol is there, but very decieving at 13.6%. 41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2008
If someone didn’t like an Impy, this is the beer that I would turn them on to. Aroma of deep dark cocoa with unripened berries or rhubarb and a roastiness that is not profound but definitely present. Super mouthfeel, super thick, leaving a beautifully luxurious malt like hue after the swallow. The taste is more of the same and what stands out is the amazing balance of complexity and sweetness that remains throughout the 22 oz pour. Awesome beer, and an intriguing prospect for aging as well.
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2009
(bottle from kkearn) Pours black with just a thin dark tan head that rings around the snifter, but swirling creates a bit of lace and a thin film. Aroma is quite sweet with a lot of dark fruits and vinous tones, some chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malt, and light coffee too. With some sniffs I get a ripe banana smell and the alcohol is there as well. It’s unusual, but it works really well. The taste is also rather sweet, with a ton of dark fruits, such as prune, raisins, and blackberry, with a hint of red wine right before the finish. The finish is a nice, balanced roasted malt, with that ripened banana showing up again on the tail end of the finish along with just a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is pretty much perfect, and is rather full with light carbonation. Wow, this is just really well done, immensely drinkable, and definitely the best impy I’ve had from Weyerbacher. Excellent. Thanks Keith! jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Pour is black with no head. The nose is all cocoa and malt. Body is thick, very thick. and it tastes like a roasted chocolate milkshake to be honest. This beer is ... Awesome. Goodgrief (2039) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Super dark pour, pillowy head and lacing which tells the tale of sips gone by. A wonderful roasted aroma with a little spice to tickle the nose. Huge chocolatey base with dark roast and a superbly complimenting vinous presence. A slight alcohol burn only enhanced the experience. This beer was delicious. Everyone should seek one! BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2009
I picked up a bottle at Rick’s on Duke St in Alexandria and split it with SurlySober last night. I must say, it is a pretty special beer. It definitely has some very American characteristics (which be what makes it an Imperial Stout) like impressive roastiness and some chocolate notes. However, it also had some nice Belgian flavors, such as a complex yeastiness, lots of fruit and dried fruit notes, and a full-bodied (red0wine like) mouthfeel. The result is a complex, flavorful, robust, and very good beer.
Appearance was black, with a smidge of tan head, and viscous. Aroma was much like the flavor I’ve described. Mouthfeel was full and thick like a red-wine. Flavor was very good.
I’ve had other beers that promised to be a Belgian-style Imperial Stout (Buffalo Belgian Stout comes to mind), but they were quite disappointing compared to this beer. I would highly recommend this beer. Sure you could age it, but why, when it is so good now? zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a fluffy tan head and good carbonation. Aroma is sweet with some hints of chocolate, fruit, roasted malts, coffee, and bubblegum. Flavor begins sweet and chocolaty with a sweet and fruity followup that leads to a dark and roasty middle with a lightly sweet finish. Alcohol is very apparent and burns on the way down. High quality. Going to grab a few of these to age.