fidelis83 (1955) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a 2 finger, creamy tan head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is banana oil and high alcohol right away, then nice peat smoke, roast, char, dark chocolate and oily grain. Flavor is rich roast, burnt sugar, brown sugar, just enough peat smoke, bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops, leather, dark fruit and a sort of salted chocolate caramel meets smoky scotch taste to the finish. Medium to heavy body creamy, oily feel, light, soft, blanketing carbonation and more dry, but still pretty creamy finish. Really, really good stuff.
BBB63 (6051) - 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 (3843) - 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 (2467) - 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 (696) - 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 (121) - 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 (6802) - 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 (759) - 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 (160) - 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 (657) - 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 (13608) - 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.