bubbleflubber (1832) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep cola, almost opaque hue, with the slightest mahogany-ruby fringes. The head is light and dissipating, choco-tan, leaving thin spotty lace. The nose is of roasted chocolate-covered strawberries. Flavors are almost commercially spot on... there is a definitive roasted note to a bitter and semi-sweet chocolate bark, accompanying a strawberry/cherry citrus that maximizes mid-palate. A roasted bitter closes the finish, providing a smoky effervescence to the pull. As the description suggests, one needs to let this warm before fully appreciating. Straight out of the fridge, it seems thin, stringent and milky. After letting it warm and "open up", many more roasted, fruity flavors come through, as well as a more relaxed, open palate. Appreciated.
SamP01 (579) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. A dark thick brown with nice lasting medium brown head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt espresso note and cacao. Taste is a sweet bitter roasted caramel malt with some notes of coffee and cacao, some dark fruity tones as well with some bitter hops. Palate is a thick sweet full body with moderate carbonation and a rich thick mouth feel. Finish is sweet bitter roasted caramel malts with some burnt espresso cacao, some dark fruit followed by some nice mild bitter hops for balance. Overall a very good, drinkable ( considering a 10% alcohol) and tasty Russian IP.
callmemickey (2884) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Pitch black head, with just a bit of transparency around the edges when held to the light. A very faint skim of a head. No lacing.
S: Bittersweet chocolate and a bit of medium roast coffee. Not too much else.
T: More of the same. There is something slightly off, like the chocolate is an inferior grade and the coffee is from a Perkins or something. The two components don’t really come together and there is quite a bit left to desire. Not gross by any means, just doesn’t really cut it with the complex bold imperial stouts that are readily available.
M: "Lumpy" At times chewy, at times thin. The mouthfeel just isn’t fine tuned. Earthy bitter finish lingers a bit longer than it should.
O: In the end this is a passable imperial stout, but it just doesn’t offer enough to warrant a repeat.
Jesterdeal (1923) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of roasted coffee, dark fruits, and hints of anis. Pours black with a big foamy head. Tastes manly and dark. Roasted coffee, dark fruits, and delicious malty back. Big fan.
jkwood04 (4038) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate plus some hops. Flavor about the same, not as strong as most other imperial stouts. Smooth texture. A decent beer, not the best for its style.
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with light dry coffee notes and some black chocolate. Taste is also a good mix between some roasted malt with light dry coffee notes with some subtle bitter chocolate with some light lactose notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well balanced classic imperial stout.
r464 (1938) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smooth and roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. A little watery overall, though.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Deli in State College, PA. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a pretty nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter roasts and chocolate with some caramel and a good amount of darker fruits. Flavor is similar. Sweeter roasts and chocolates up front before a good amount of dark fruits come in. Some caramel, a touch of molasses, and a bit of an earthy hopping. Roasts kick it up a touch at the end before this finishes somewhat sweet and roasty with a good amount of chocolate and a light hop bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid impy. Nothing special, but well balanced and enjoyable all-around. Nice beer.
ben4321 (4027) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 9/25/11
Aroma: The nose is malts roasted malts and chocolate, sweetish for the style
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown color with a small head and light lace
Flavor: The taste is rather roasty/toasty, rather malty, somewhat sweet, but less so then the nose
Palate: The body is medium, it is somewhat creamy and sticky, with an average-to-soft carbonation
Interesting, this is from a NJ brewery I have never tried anything from before. Well as for the beer, it was solid. The nose lead me to believe that it would be a little sweeter flavor-wise then it was, but it actually turned out to be a really roast Impy Stout. It works alright for the style, and I didn’t have too many complaints, but it didn’t blow me away either. Still though, it is plenty good enough to be rated here.
anders37 (16932) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel dark fruit aroma. Roasted malty chocoalte and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.