Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The malts are intense, wonderful quality. The scent is top notch. The roasted malts & hops give this beverage a great finish. It’s nice to have a good stout where coffee & chocolate don’t overwhelm the other flavors.
Barnoloid (275) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour into snifter. The bottle is from September 2013 - so just over a year on it. This is a ’wow’ beer. Kicks up an excellent inch high brown tan head. The deep dark color here and appearance is outstanding. No major nose until this warms - at which point woody and tobacco notes come out. Mouthfeel here is creamy and full without any stickiness. Dried fruit - raisin and fig come in on the palate. Roasted and dark chocolate notes provide a grounding without overwhelming the balance here. Walnut and tobacco on the back end. A real treat.
seymour (1478) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz longneck bottle into a nonic glass. Opaque black colour, brown foam, lasting with lace. Malty, bready, toasty, caramel, toffee, kacao nibs, extremely roasty, lots of burnt grain bitterness to blend with the hoppy bitterness. English-style hop flavours: earthy, flowery, woodsy. Tannic, tart, reminiscent of cherry pie, plum wine, smooth alcoholic warmth. Medium-heavy body, well-rounded mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, complex long-lasting aftertaste. Here is a perfect example of how good Russian Imperial Stout can be WITHOUT any bourbon barrel aging or any kind of trendy flavour additives. This beer is as delicious as everyone says. Highly recommended.
egg (100) - USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle on 12/21/14. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Nose is dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, soy sauce or beef. Taste is sweet chocolate, dark fruit, some coffee, brown sugar, so good. Mouthfeel is thick and gooey. Amazing.
bubblehouse (508) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good stout. Has a really nice aroma and a nice roasty taste. Looks great and easy to drink.
Petkus331 (282) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is very coffee and chocolate with hints of vanilla. Appears coffee bean brown, thin ring of foam, minimal lace. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, then some coffee, then fades into bitter dark chocolate, the ending is like dark chocolate melting in your mouth. Overall, beautiful.
firstsip (508) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pitch black. Some minimal head/lacing. Nose of pure roasted malt. Full, rich body. Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, mild raisin. Very rich and roasty. Tastes strong without being too boozey.
Cuso (5110) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from GreatDane1632, many thanks, man. Almost black color with medium beige head. dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa beans. Taste, dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate, rum raisins, vanilla, licorice, Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Excellent sipper.
LetsGoState (617) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance is small tan head with very dark color. Aroma is sweet chocolate malt. Taste is creamy chocolate and roasted malts with a kick of alcohol. Overall a very solid stout.
ericdevin (905) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottling, via Justin D. Pours a dark opaque brown/black, decent amount of creamy looking tan head. Aroma dry and earthy, baking chocolate, cocoa. Body full and roasty, with a surprisingly sweet finish, caramel, figs, dates. Not my all-time favorite, but understanding of the ratings.
coombuyah26 (7) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Picked up a single bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH. Poured straight down the middle of a snifter, very thin light brown head that dissipated quickly. Pours like old motor oil, and I mean that in the best way possible. I appreciate the wide range of aromas that people detect in this, but all I smelled was dark chocolate. The whole beer smells like a 70% cocoa chocolate. Surprising amount of carbonation up front, taste is very bitter. Obviously very roasty and malty, but there’s some pininess about it for sure. On the back end all that classic Russian imperial stout stuff shines through: coffee, chocolate, date, plum. Really heavy mouthfeel, to be expected from a beer that is nothing to trifle with. Gets much better as it warms. Overall, a bold take on the style that doesn’t make me feel like I’m drinking alcoholic hot chocolate.