auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle, purchqsed from the Wine Thief - New Haven, CT and enjoyed from a plastic Amtrak cup with ice. Steel railings humming, this noses warm and a little bit fruity. On the palate this holds a mix of fresh toasted bread and some sweet grapes. Iím trying to enjoy this beer as though I were living in the UK in the 50s. Itís so hard to hold an old-style, nuanced lower gravity stout like this to all the brash, overly strong American renditions. This is subtle, hopped with Goldings, and a gracious old timey beast. If we split Imperial Stout into American and English, this would rock the latter category and thus Iím scoring it highly.
Travlr (13413) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pretty much black, beige head. Aroma of licorice, burnt espresso. Taste is very roasty coffee, cocoa. Nice.
malrubius (1860) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Russian Imperial Stout" Bottle from Table and Vine. Near black with lasting brown head and lace. Earthy dark chocolate ashy aroma with hints of booze and fruit. Sweet and fruity with dark chocolate some roasted coffee and raisin fruitiness. Medium earthy ashy roasted bitterness. Medium full body. Somehow not really rich, more fruity and herbal. Decent enough but not up there with the champions of the style.
JBPortland (929) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours dark oily black brown with 2 finger offwhite head. Nose is rich dark bitter cocoa and licorice, some vanilla. Taste is semi sweet, pretty good mouthfeel, some sweet vanilla, licorice spice, dark dusty bitter burnt chocolate, some charred coffee. Finish is bitter with some sweet vanilla and earthy cocoa and coffee bean.
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pour is dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is sweet, magic marker, chocolate, uneaten sugar, stale grain. Taste is overly sweet and lacks malt complexity. Some chocolate, lots of sugar, brown sugar, caramel, thinner body and moderate carbonation.
ByTheirLimpin (27) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber from a store local to the brewery. Labeled Russian Imperial Stout. Poured a thick tan soapy head. Jet black in the glass. First taste yields a syrupy carmel note which fades sweet all the way through. Didnít really end, but faded away gently. Not much chocolate, and I donít miss any char from the roast. Pleasant all the way around, just not as complex as I expected.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Labelled as "Russian Imperial Stout." Dark brown, bubbly, small beige head. Aroma sweet malt, nutty, a litle cocoa. Medium to light body, some carbonation, not much alcohol. Flavor is unobjectionable but unmemorable, some sweet malt, nutty, a little chocolate syrup. Finish off-dry. Itís drinkable, but kind of thin for the style.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
28-Apr-14 (22-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!)
This beer pours a very dark brow body with an inch of tan head that settles to a ring and swirly sheet. The nose is roasty and sweet, with dark chocolate and earthy, mossy notes. On the palate, the dark, slightly sweet chocolate is dominant, but lacks richness and "deliciousness", but the toasty, lightly roasty malt has a somewhat dirty flavor in the finish. The beer is full bodied, but not rich like the typical Imperial Stout, and carbonation is moderate. Overall, this isnít one of the better Imperial Stouts Iíve tried, primarily because of the finish that tastes like dirty floors.
asheft (2553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sweet hazelnut, vanilla, and dark chocolate aroma with some pine hops lingering in the background. Opaque black under a thin, tan sheet with a bubbly island meandering around. Sweet cereal grain and vanilla roast flavour with some oaky butterscotch. Very low bitterness with balance on the sweet side, but not cloying. Nutty. Low carbonation doesnít help with the sweetness, cut is okay, medium body, clean and smooth.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black beer with a latte surface of foam and no lace. Nose brings through licorice, malts, licorice, molasses, some sweetness. Not really impressed, but not surprised - this seems to be the standard differentiation from Impy Stouts with the licorice. The flavor has plenty of dark malts, hints of leather and dark stone fruit and a little bit of molasses - the licorice doesnít dominate the flavor as much as the nose. Medium bodied and moderate carb with a dry finish. This is a decent beer, above average, but nothing worth seeking too hard.
Serving type: bottle
williamstome (992) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, small super-creamy head. Light roasty aroma. Sweet chocolaty flavor with notes of fruit and sake. Nice creamy mouthfeel :)