jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Pours deep brown/black with tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt and some sweet chocolate. Flavor is mostly the same, with the dark roasted malt being the dominant taste. Also some coffee and definite hoppiness (especially in the finish), which adds some nice balance. Fairly thin - not as heavy or oily as some of the other Russian imperial stouts I’ve tried.
mr_h (4199) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
568ml bottle at home shared with mother, present from Stuartyboy, fruity, chocolate aroma, opaque near black with a creamy tan head, caramel, pine, viscous, smooth, increasingly bitter hop finish.
k0mpsa (2106) - Tuusula, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bevmo. Black color, brown head. Aroma has lots of coffee, licorice, rich roasty. Pretty nice. Rich and roasty taste, coffee, hint of vanilla. Nice stout for 8%.
BeergeekKorea (90) - SOUTH KOREA - FEB 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate and some pine
Appearance: Reddish black colour and thin brown head
Taste: Heavy bitter from the hop
Palate: Medium full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation and astringent hop-bitter finishes
JulienHuxley (5194) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample on tap at the brewpub. Opaque black pour with thin tan foam. Aroma is roasty, light chocolate, light piney notes. Taste is roasty, very bitter. Palate is med bodied with light carbonation.
HourGlass13 (434) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one is definitely over rated. Period. Pours up black, with a light brown head. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt, and some weird phenol. This thing is heavy. The first taste is some what mellow with a hefty malt, then it kicks into high gear with a hot alcohol burn followed by a hop bite. The taste is a mess. Finishes quickly with the same weird phenol after taste. Overall...not good. I’m being very generous giving it a 2.7.
willisread (1574) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. Prune, raisin and caramel on the nose with dark chocolate and some coffee notes as it warms. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Well-balanced with lots of roasted notes, but also good fruit and chocolate as well. So smooth and abv is magnificently hidden. Balanced finish with good roasted malt and toasted caramel.
weihenweizen (2627) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated brown bomber poured into a snifter. Black with medium light brown head. Aroma is rich chocolate malt, medium/thick body, lower carbonation, silky texture, and little lacing. Taste is chocolate malt, roast, some ash, some anise, and balancing herbal hops
maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from World Beer Market (Sake no Taniguchi). Big dark roast nose, medium dark chocolate, licorice, and some light smoke notes. Thick black color, with a dark tan head. Dark roast, berries, big chocolate, some coffee. maybe lactose, and a deep bitter finish. Heavy body, very creamy. Rich and full-flavored stout, just on the edge of imperial style.
jcartamdg (2677) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poor is jet black with a thick smoke ahead. Aroma of bitter hops, roast and Baker’s chocolate. Taste follows, hops up front, roast, molasses and dark chocolate. Really nice, solid stout.
astanford (36) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bread, hay, toast, roasty, earthy, leaves, leather, smoke, woody, black, minimal head, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, thick feel,