DJMonarch (9177) - Northwich, Cheshire, - AUG 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 11/10/2008
Roast aroma. Tan head. Black strong in alcohol and rich on the palate with a crisp and bitter coffee roast finish.
Travlr (19881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Parkville fest as Russian Imperial Stout, 9% and 87 IBU. Opaque brown color, tan head. Aroma and taste of rich burnt espresso. Tasty..
RobertDale (5082) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Kansas Craft Brewers Expo 2016. Comes black with just a hint of a tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Pretty good.
PierAuto (5) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Midnight black colour, medium light brown/ beige head, coffee/ chocolate flavour and a nice whisky sort of tast at the end. Overall a great stout.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. 2008 vintage. Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, coffee, and subtle cherry aroma with hints of raisin and dark fruit.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at 23rd Street in Lawrence, KS. Pours a black body with a light brown cascade at the top of the glass thanks to the nitrogen pour that yields a finger-width, extremely creamy, brown head that never completely dissipates and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is a thinner, but decent blend of roasts and dark chocolates. A faint wood comes in as this warms, but the nitro really takes away from this beer’s potential. Flavor is more pronounced. Lots of rich, dark chocolate, a nice roast flavor, and some slightly resiny citrus with a moderate bitterness. A light, pruney dark fruit and woody hop as well. Finishes dry and rich after a creamy, smooth body. Overall, a tasty impy with a solid rich chocolate, roast, and bitterness. I’m agreeing with what others have said in that the nitrogen seems to take a lot away from this. Yes, it makes the beer look spectacular and gives it a smooth, easy body...but it covers up a lot of the aromas and flavors that would make this much more enjoyable.
ksbeerkid (28) - Emporia, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap at Old Chicago, Very thin tan head, had very strong roasted aroma and taste very smooth and not much sting for the ABV, pleasantly suprising from 23rd St.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bitter and bland and a perfect example of a stout that does not need nitro conditioning. It would have been a bit more complex without it. A bit more hoppy on the nose than I was expecting, lots of citrus, consumed by bitter dark chocolate and a hint of roasty coffee. Could have been a lot better.
drjay44 (3268) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. 90 IBU. Pours a thin long lasting mocha head, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 25) body.....nose of heavy roasted malts, with heavy coffee, chocolate....taste is coffee, chocolate, fig, cherry....mouth feel is thick chewy. A nice Imperial, but it is not as complex as many.
Skyview (5453) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled via growler during Dark Lord Day 09. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates to no head (possibly nitro pour?) Aroma of toasted dark malt a hint of citrus zest, vanilla, and light chocolate. Taste is medium bodied, no carbonation with flavors of toasted dark malt, some coffee, citrus zest and a hint of chocolate/vanilla. Finish is smooth, semi-dry, some toasted dark malt and chocolate aftertaste with very little bitterness.