Cybercat (3332) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong, smoky aroma has notes of molasses, yeast, caramel, coffee and licorice. Pours a rich sable just a whisker above night black with a thick, very persistent tan head that "pillows" as time goes by. Flavor is - superb. Smoky, molasses, roast malt, quality coffee, nutty, woody and caramel flavors battle for the attention of your taste buds. It has a surprisingly strong component of hop bitterness, rather sharp and green-woody, the only weakness in the otherwise outstanding taste. Smooth, firm texture has good fizz and leaves an oily, smoky, lip-smacking finish. OK, how does one say "cheers" in Russian?
slowrunner77 (2131) - 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 (2450) - 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 (689) - 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 (119) - 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 (6752) - 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 (739) - 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 (158) - 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 (642) - 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.
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2014 Bottle, 10%. Fat vanilla aroma, turning quite heavily smokey. Black colour. Good stable creamy brown colour. The flavour is very sweet and very roasted. Has a good smokey note and a sweet hoppiness giving a syrupy, jammy flavour. Rather bittersweet and good. Very late raw liquorice aftertaste.
Bamsen78 (3141) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with stable creamy beige head. Clear aroma of malt, fruit, caramel and coffee. Sweet flavour of caramel malt and fruit, with notes of roast, coffee and alcohol. Liquorice in the roasty aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. Good.