TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So I found my 5 beer. 651ML bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours a magical dark black with the hint of the syrup sweet smell with coffee scents and wood smoked smells. Light brown, chocolate looking head that hung around a little bit. So having the chance to visit Alaska on many occassions I took the liberty to read about this tasty treat before I tasted. I couldn’t believe all the home grown items stuffed into this delicious treat. First taste was sweet and smokey all in one. mouthfeel of rich syrup and cocoa flavors that are mixed with roasted wood chip in my mouth. I couldn’t get over the idea that glacier water supported brewing this. I took a helicopter in Juneau up to Mendenhall Glacier and actually filled my water bottle from a waterfall flowing freely off the glacier and will never forget that taste. This beer brought that back and many more. Happy to have found the one to beat...which will be a tough sell.
danbierman (20) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a finger of creamy mocha head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is lots of roasted malts, chocolate, slight cherry nose. Taste confirms the nose, lots of cherry notes, chocolate, and roasted malts. Medium bodied for a stout with a very fruity, creamy finish. Overall very enjoyable. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had recently. Drank this one fresh, look forward to seeing how it ages. Strongly recommend trying it. Well done Alaskan Brewing.
nellycale (212) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: rich chocolaty malt, ripe dark fruit
Appearance: oil dark brown
Taste: Dark chocolate. Cherry , vanilla, medium roast black coffee.
Mouthfeel. Full rich mouthfeel
Overall: My favorite Russian Imperial Stout to date
Alphadelic (2128) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Total darkness with some tight and whirly head. The nose is heavy and sweet. Loaded with musky pollen and hints of that signature smoky malt yet bright and fruity. This is a sweet beer all the way through until a tightening dryness comes over the back of the mouth. Its syrupy smoothness and rosy, apple fruit character pair wonderfully with the fine honey and caramelly sugar. This is a really phenomenal beer. Like a delicious artisanal milkshake with a real woody bitterness to finish it off. Wonderfully smooth and drinkable. The smoke definitely comes out more in the mouth as this opens up, so by the end of your glass it’s as if your planted your face in a campfire.
poisoneddwarf (2243) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Bomber. Pours completely opaque black with a medium dark tan head that falls fairly fast. Aroma is full of mocha-like coffee, roasted malt and something sweet--the honey and/or birch syrup? Also some chocolate milk in there, fresh baked bread. Smells awesome. Tastes even better. Bittersweet with tart edges in the finish. The smoked malts are very noticeable, giving it a campfire-like flavor. Prounounced licorice notes tingle the tongue. Tobacco/leather notes come out as it warms. Has a thick and chewy texture with soft carbonation. Delicious. I can’t wait to see how it ages.
bpreo (2459) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very nicely made Imperial Stout from Juneau Alaska. I tried it at Thai Me Up in Jackson, Wyoming.
brucebruce81 (363) - Wyoming, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was really good it was strong but you would never realize it with this beer.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Acquired at AJ’s Arcadia in Phoenix.
Wow! Poured slightly chilled. Gorgeous black body with medium brown head. Nose is incredible on this beer, with a rich dark chocolatey element and candied wood. Palate has a sexy, unctuous silky body that turns me on, firm roasty flavors with coffee, and more of the candied wood mentioned earlier. Clearly some smoked malt also. Honey quality in there too, but it could be planted there by the bottle description. Finish is more of the roasty flavors and wood to honey.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black as night with a tall fluffy head. Heavy roast on the nose to the point of smoke. High viscosity and very rich on the tongue yet balanced sweetness. A substantial brew by nature, this specimen is quite the meal unto itself. A heavy malt backbone supports a myriad of complexities. At first I notice the strong smoky notes upfront then a cornucopia of flavanoids come at me fast, bitter cocoa, cherry skins, coffee bean, vanilla extract, some herb and wood then the musky honey nuances trap the beer on my tongue. I dig the oily texture as it mingles with the carbonation. This brew finishes long into the night and with much ecstasy. A killer brew!
kathouse (1544) - Nevada, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark chocolate, licorice, and coffee aromas seep from this extremely dark brown beer. Head was nice and brown but faded to a thin film. The roasted malts are apparent in the flavor along with the coffee and burnt toast. Finish is medium but clean. A very complex beer with just the right amount of hop.