CpyNPrnT (362) - Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I cannot believe I have not rated this yet. Aged only 2 months. Aroma is dark fruit figs, chalky, plums, chocolate, resins. Taste seems to change every sip. Chocolate, dark fruits, lots of dark roasted malts. Aftertaste is medium to long with the alcohol slightly more pronounced. An absolutely great beer! Will definitely cellar some bottles.
toxichop (340) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: Completley black with a thin dark brown head. S: Roasted barley, chocolate, molasses, coffee, rum, and dark fruits. T: Dark chocolate, burned coffee, roasted malt, nuts, oak, balers chocolate and some soy. M: Thick and chew with some bitterness. O: Whoa what a big ass non-ba beer.
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At long last got my hands on this. Donít really trade so been looking for it in various bottle shops that sell Bellís since roughly 08. W00t, they sell Bellís here now. At the total tap takeover at tap and Mallet. Appearance is a solid 5/5. Dark, great looking tan head, dark with no highlights. Great retention. Nose is hefty chocolate dominated affair, with a bit of coffee and roast. Full rich mouthfeel.
Ericular (612) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 4oz sample. Iíd like to get my hands on a bottle of this sometime. Aroma is really good with chocolate, bourbon, and soy sauce. Taste has more of the soy and hint of bourbon, with some vanilla and wood. Full body, creamy and smooth.
dbeatdano (54) - - MAR 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour- black, small amount of creamy reddish, tan head.
Aroma- roast coffee, chocolate, red licorice, raisins, prunes, small amount of booze
Taste - sweet dark fruit turns to bitter, burnt malt, with medium booze taste. Also bitter hops taste in the finish.
Palate- medium bodied, oily mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The finish is actually kind of short and bitter.
Awesome imperial stout. Complex and satifsying with a nice balance of sweet and bitter. I have 2 of these in my cellar and canít wait to see what time does with them.
ajnepple (2165) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 6-pack of 12 oz bottles ($16.99) dated 9 months ago from Hy-Vee Muscatine. Black appearance with minimal brown head, lingering. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, oak, toffee, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts and light bitter hops. Similar flavor, adding a touch of dark fruitiness. Rich, sweet and balanced flavor. Full body, thick and creamy, yet pretty easy to drink. Perhaps the best beer that comes in a 6-pack. Fairly priced at $17 (approx. $5 a bomber). I wish I could get this in CO.
knickskicks (725) - - MAR 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Black, tan head, some lacing. Nose is dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, mocha, dark fruits, raisins, roasted malts. Lasting bittering hops and bittersweet chocolate on the finish. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel. A touch too much carbonation for my liking. My favorite regular RIS. Even Zhukov and Southampton RIS are a step below. Would love to try this with a few years on it and/or on cask.
Georgen89 (1) - Chicago, Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasty, dark stout that pours very thick. Overall itís a very good beer that tastes great.
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 9971 (2010). Black with a great chocolate head. Aroma is liquorice, soy sauce, molasses, coffee, vanilla. Velvety/syrupy mouthfeel, roasty on the palate with a little booze burn on the finish. Taste is liquorice, coffee, roasted malts, soy sauce, wood.
joeworrall (83) - USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured from a bottle, probably 5 months old, this beer had to work hard to produce a thin brown head... Other than that, I canít find any faults with it. It has a subtle coffee aroma, smooth mouthfeel and delightful slightly sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste.