theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 12 oz. bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, MO. 2006 Vintage. Opaque black pour, with a swirling tan head that disappeared at normal pace. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and licorice. Roasted malt and coffee taste. Not a huge body like many imperial stouts, but nice balance nonetheless. Not the perfect example of the style, but a nice beer when you want something more serious than a stout and less boozy than an imperial.
Holtguy (90) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whatís to say. Very solid Imperial Stout. Sweet with Light bitterness. Flavor of chocolate and coffee, some roastiness. Very good.
seymour (1258) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared the 2007 vintage as the commercial example of Russian Imperial Stout at last nightís St. Louis Brews meeting. Wow, what a missed opportunity! Opaque black with no head or lace. Basic stout characteristics, slight fruitiness, charcoal, no hops, lots of alcoholic heat, very mushy and cardboardy. I know moderate oxidation can add complexity to this style, but I gotta think this one was way past its prime.
skoll (404) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates.aroma smoke, cocoa,soy, coffee,dried dark fruit.flavor of burnt sugars,espresso,bitter cocoa,and soy.full bodied,slick mouth feel,low carbonation.long bitter finish. I have i just purchased at 9 abs and 90 ibuís but a different label.
DenverLogan (626) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 2010 bottle. Says 90 IBUs and has a different label.
Poured in a smallish Eku tulip glass.
Pours a ruby black with large brown head and lace.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and burnt marshmallows, with a touch of powdered sugar, dark chocolate and light oxidation.
Med carbonation and penetrating mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, cooking chocolate, light espresso, minerals and smoke. Overall big, tasty, dark, rich, but a bit musty. Has held up nicely with age though it was probably better with less than a year of age. Iíll slide the scale up a bit based on this assumption and that it has held up relatively well with age.
demmbonz (410) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz to snifter. Dark pour with a darker brown head. Roasted malt flavor. Sweet and bitter.
RamyG4 (308) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from icehawk. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, a little peat, and some fruitiness. Taste is heavy sweet, medium bitter. Finish is roasted with a little alcohol. Decent imperial stout.
bwa5879 (447) - Portage, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black/brown used motor oil pour with eighth inch of cocoa head. Very strong malty scent, cereal malts, dark fruits, raisins, dates, charred oak and bourbon, carbon/licorice too. Low carbonation, oily mouthfeel, ashly finish. Taste follows the nose with less prevalent malt, dark fruits and bourbon, very smokey and peaty, charred oak too. Light mouthfeel is unique as well as the lack of big maltiness. Lacks some complexity but this is a scotch lovers stout for sure.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is solid and black, with absolutely no light traveling through its body. Itís topped by a dense, bright, almost orange-tinted light/medium-brown head. The aroma is chocolaty, so velvety and smooth that it seems like there may be some oats hiding in the grain bill somewhere. You can tell that serious roasted characteristics has something to do with this beer, even though only a trace of almost indistinguishable, almost spicy intensity exists in the nose.
In the mouth, not much chocolate remains, but fresh coffee ground-like roasted flavors certainly do. Itís super soft, like a sheet of fuzzy silk gently dragging across your top lip. Light (but definite) alcohol and hop bitterness controls the beerís character, with roasted malt and hop bitterness teaming up to spice things up even more in the finish. As it warms, more chocolate and a little Play-Doh really come forward and the bitterness isnít as harsh. Think about it... if you put some coffee grounds in a ball of Play-Doh, then tried to eat it, which would overpower which? A mouthful of Play-Doh, in its heavy, almost sour fullness is likely more dominating than a little fresh coffee grounds. At least in my book.
devman171 (511) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage, pours dark with low carb, aroma is roast, taste is very smooth and bitter roast, nice one
Mittenator (872) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Near black with a dark head. Big molasses and chocolate aromas. Dark sugar and heavy malt. Boozy.