bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black body with an intially large, dark tan head. A little lacing.
Big chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, plum/raisin and maybe a little alcohol also in the aroma. Nice.
Syrupy sweet malts and bittersweet chocolate dominate the flavor. Nice bitter bite between the hops and malts. Alcohol is 100% masked.
Full bodied with a great creamy mouthfeel. Long finish and quite warming. Bring the snow on!
Iphonephan (2575) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Milk chocolate nose. Flavors of licorice, roasted grains, and hints of bittersweet chocolate. Medium to heavy body, moderate carbonation, Bitter roasted finish.
rondphoto (1435) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Party Source / Bellvue KY Opaque black with a dark tan head that quickly drops to the rim, dots of lace. Aroma of toasted malt. Taste is roasted malt at its best, moving beautifully through the palate while adding honey biscuit and a hint of chocolate, only to give too much up adding prunes and hops in an average finish. If only the opening had continued....
nsquishee (565) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a lot of aroma, only lingering chocolate malt. Medium body, medium alcohol finish. Just ok for me.
Homer321 (879) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle share thanks to droofus. Slight scent of Ohio initially. Moderate cocoa and chocolate. Slightly bitter like dark chocolate and almost harsh. Slightly astringent. Somewhat thin. Overall decent but could be bigger with a more chewy viscous mouthfeel
DrewFace (408) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very deep dark blackish color. Aroma is roasty, grainy, some vanilla character, lots of alcohol. Semi sweet malt, toasty, some vanilla.
Holtguy (109) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What’s to say. Very solid Imperial Stout. Sweet with Light bitterness. Flavor of chocolate and coffee, some roastiness. Very good.
seymour (1306) - 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 night’s 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 (406) - 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 ibu’s but a different label.
DenverLogan (744) - 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. I’ll slide the scale up a bit based on this assumption and that it has held up relatively well with age.
demmbonz (436) - 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.