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Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 10 20 5 10 0
Review from 06/10/07

On cask at the Happy Gnome 06/07/07. Glad I made sure to stop in after work.

A - Black as night opaque body. There is no light getting through this one. Big Dark cocoa colored head, one inch or so tall, made of mostly tight bubbles. Amazing retention and big sheets of lacing.

S - Robust dark chocolate is the first thing I smell when I bring it to my nose. Freshly ground expresso beans. Tons of roasty dark malts.

T - Huge and richly decadent. Starts off with some baker's chocolate taking residence on the tip of my tongue while some expresso takes over in the middle. In comes rich, dark chocolate, filling the mouth and staying for a minute. Finishes with some coffee bitterness and a bit more chocolate.

M - Super smooth. This literally could sit on my tongue for minutes and I would be perfectly happy. In fact, I let it sit there for quite a while with every sip. Big and chewy with a nice full mouthfeel.

D - Even though this beer is huge in every sense of the word, I could get into trouble with this. Cask conditioning made a great beer even better in this review's opinion.

Review from 01/24/07

Batch 6811. Packaged April 26, 2005 according to the Bell's site.

A - Did I pour beer out of that bottle or ink. Poured black and looked nice and thick and, well, inky. Nice half inch head on the pour that is a light cocoa color. Nice lacing.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, loads of roasted dark malts, expresso, slight cherry and licorice.

T - Big baker's chocolate up front. Sweet and rich. Works into nice, softly roasted dark malts. Finishes with a coffee bitterness, but leaves an aftertaste of chocolate. Yum. This defintely has aged well. There is no hint of alcohol and the chocolate seems more pronounced than when fresh. I better get some more of this to throw into the cellar.

M - Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Carbonation is minimal and smooth. Great.

D - What a great Impy Stout. I could drink this all winter.

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