Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark, thin head. Sweet, caramel, then gets dry and roasty in the finish. Lots of burnt fruit. Odd character. Some porterish elements.
superspak (4760) - Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, caramel, floral honey, wood, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of licorice, dark fruit, nuttiness, and roast/char earthiness. Damn nice aromas wish great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, honey/birch syrup, moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, caramel, floral honey, wood, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of licorice, dark fruit, nuttiness, and roast/char earthiness. Moderate herbal/piney hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, caramel, wood, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/char earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, honey/birch syrup, moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop/char flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/char/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Russian imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, honey/birch syrup, moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. Very classic RIS style flavors, with unique complementing complexity coming from the honey/birch syrup. A highly enjoyable offering.
AWISLguy (2603) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle from local liquor store, shared with bananabi11. Blackish purple tinted pour. Sweet caramel, molasses, tangy honey, light chocolate. Medium to full bodied. Sweeter than bittersweet. The blend is solid. Nice, although not as thick as hoped. 14.1
milewide (2079) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Leans sweet, and alcohol evident. Not as good as their smoked porter. Too little roast for a first class Russian Imperial Stout.
BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a glass, poured from a bottle,
this beer was dark brown in the glass and gave a dark brown two finger bubbled cover, the cover receded a bit,
the nose had aromas of milk chocolate and chocolate, big toasted malt, some roasted malt, nutty, caramel, light citrus hops, and malt sweetness,
the flavors were big toasted malt, a little roasted malt, nutty, caramel, some syrup like notes that may be the Birch Syrup, a little smoke,
the finish had a light to medium bitterness, lots of toasted malt flavor followed,
the mouth feel was more than medium, it was pretty creamy and had average carbonation,
this beer smelled and tasted like a big porter, not an impy with the nut and toasted malt notes,
I am disappointed this beer was not an imperial stout,
the smoke was bigger on the nose than in the flavor,
it was a good drink but not an imperial stout.
furthur (927) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - SEP 16, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Costco, black beer, decent walnut head, some lace. Aroma is malt, chocolate, smoke, cookies, toasted barley. Taste is chocolate, smoke, cookies, vanilla, honey (yes you can taste it, it lightens the whole thing somehow), coffee. Palate is rich and smooth and sorta nitro like too. This is like an imperial smoked porter. I really like it.
Bill Becker (822) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 9, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
651 ml bottle.
Pours black with a small head of foam that is on the stubborn side as in it refuses to leave the scene.
Big roasted malt, caramel and honey notes with a bit of vanilla in the smell.
Tastes like it smells. Absolutely delicious with a rather mild alcohol presence.
Bordering on full bodied, fairly light carbonation, I reckon that the Birch syrup is what makes it a different kettle of fish. More please.
kyzr (1390) - Montana, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with big brown head. Heavy roasted coffee on the nose. Flavor is dark chocolate with almost reduced coffee and dried fruit. Great big finish.(Old notes)
TimE (5095) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown color. Smokey, roasted malts with some honey notes in the nose. Roasted malt, but body is a bit too cloying with honey and lots of roasted malt. Pretty good, with nice smokey finish.
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer is way too difficult to drink. Every flavor component is an odd sweetness and together they make for an unpleasant experience. Aroma of root beer, raisins, tons of wheat bread, and sourdough. Just crazy doughy and malty with lots of sweetness.