Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle. Poured medium-ish brown with a huge, dense, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet smoky malts, licorice, and molasses with pine resin and herbal hop accents.. moderate roast at most.. kept coming back to the smoked malts, but I enjoyed them. The flavor found semi-sweet chocolate and licorice root at the core, with meaty molasses, a hefty dose of campfirey malts, and herbal bitterness around.. picked up some black pepper and rye for the long, bitter, belly-warming finish.. just a little too tangy back there, but I loved the smoke character. Medium-bodied with filling carbonation on the palate.. balance was alright.. good beer, but not great.
nilsas (1524) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Duft av frukt, kaffe, bek og lakris. Mørk vinrød farge. Dekkende brunt skum. Smak av røyk, lakris og kaffe, noe søtlig.
BBB63 (6087) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer Here Kremlin Crude for my Komrades Gilly and Scott... Boy this RIS packs a punch right in the motherland. Huge charred/burnt notes and medicinal iodine note from the use of peated malts. Light bakers chocolate, fig cookie, star anise, cigar tobacco. Not as heavy nor dark as something called "Crude" should be IMO. Still it is a slightly unique take on the style... Mothers tits indeed
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Black pour w vigorous tan head. Herbal, roasty, hoppy. Got some anise and smoke in there too. Definitely not your run of the mill imply. Light bodied and not at all hot for 10%. Only hints of the usual chocolate coffee combo. Nice change of pace."
daje (2556) - NORWAY - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. All black body with a medium sized beige head. Strong licorice aroma with plenty of roasted malt, light smoked, some fruits. taste of dark chocolate, fruits, roasted malt, medium sweetness, crisp and roasty finish, leading to a dry coffee aftertaste with a light boozy sting. A good RIS.
AgentAle (718) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is chocolate, mocha, espresso, and vanilla. Taste is rich malts, caramel and rye. Finishes with a slight bitterness. Appearance is black with a medium pearl head that retains well.
Bahumat (122) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: 8/10. Malts and yeast with a nice caramel undertone, and a fair bit of hop to the nose.
Appareance: 4/5. Pours a cola brown-black with a thick, very lively, and very lingering creamy tan head.
Taste: 8/10. Initial intense sourness with a rounded caramel and malt flavor, with a mild coffee finish, gentle notes of chocolate.
Palate: 4/5. Shockingly lively and well-carbonated for an imperial stout, with a strong astringency and acidity, and a fair bit of hoppy bitterness to the finish.
Overall: 17/20. This is a different take on a russian imperial stout; intensely carbonated and sour, it attacks the mouth with a powerful entry, but then fades to a pleasant, gentle black coffee finish. Not my favorite russian imperial, but I’d buy it again without hesitation if I saw it on the shelf.
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with Robbie post-RBAG 2014. Dense near-black, soft brown head. Nice tarry sticky malts, soy, ash, coffee.
rhsiung (770) - USA - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9-oz bottle @ northdownchicago. "peaked"? i think peated! beautiful cascading head, creamy, very bitter.
Jmar33 (165) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pretty good beer, could definitely smell the alcohol in this one. smooth and rich, can’t ask for much more than that
martin00sr (730) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, no head. Licorice aroma. Flavour has more licorice, and nicely balanced bitterness. Thick mouthfeel, potent.