nearbeer (3735) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 650 ml, batch 004, bb 9-9-09. Nearly opaque with a two-finger head that settles to an enduring quarter-inch and leaves a frosty-soapy lacing behind. Earthy aromas of cocoa, coffee and peat with hints of caramel and marshmallow. Tastes of coffee, chicory, dark chocolate, smoked peat and oak with just enough vanilla-caramel and a hint of apple to balance all the bitter roast flavors. Medium-heavy body is neither too watery nor too syrupy. Creamy smooth with light carbonation and slightly dry.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 002 Best Before 07/07/09. Pours a very dark brown with minimal head. Flavor: Slightly bitter, with hints of coffee and smoke.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 004 Best Before 09/09/09 Pitch black pour with a very thin light tan head that rims the glass but otherwise disappears. Potent roasty character with slight hoppiness and some bitter chocolate. Nice roasted malts in the taste and a nice but not overly bitter hop finish. A little one-dimensional even for a fairly classically styled RIS. Nice burnt smoke aftertaste lingers.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Rip Tide
Date: July 29, 2008
Appearance: clear dark brown, ruby edges, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma with a touch of dark caramel sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, balancing caramel sweetness adds fruityness and brings out a touch of chocolate, light balancing bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Name: Old World Russian Imperial Stout
Date: December 10, 2011
Source: Total Wine, Vegas
Appearance: black, agressive tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, sweet caramel, dark chocolate
Body: creamy thick body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate, sweetness brings out the chocolate as well as a light fruityness, well balanced lingering bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle - mild aroma, slight notes of smokiness. medium to light body for a stout, let alone an imperial stout. medium roastiness with some smoke. Tastes like you’d think a rubber tire might taste. Finishes sweet like lactose and then with a sour aftertaste.
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a jet black with a thin foam on top, very good lacing.
smell is of powered bakers cocoa, vanilla, some malts, a light roastiness.
taste is thick, creamy, milk chocolate, touch of vanilla, touch of caramel, nice mild bitter finish.
overall a really nice taste that goes down wonderfully.
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from ’Beersofeurope.co.uk’: Very dark sout with very little head. Aroma of roadted malt and chocolate. Flavour is lots of roasted malt with a little burntness, nice caramel notes. Nice and thick as I like in an imperial stout. Reaaly good one.
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with almost no head and has bubbles within that bubble up to the top one-by-one. After pouring, it almost looks like Coca-Cola in the glass. Nose is pretty generic of roasted malts. Taste is more complex than the nose would suggest. Predominant taste is coffee, with notes of caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, and an earthiness. Finish is pleasantly bitter of coffee and hops and is quite long lasting. Alcohol is very well hidden.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jeez! These beers gets no appearance points. They always pour with absolutely no head. Overly roasted chocolate nose, some burnt caramel and the lightest wisp of acrid coffee. A light hint of smoke and vinous fruit leads into some licorice and molasses. Bittersweet roastiness, and I am not saying this is undrinkable, because its not, but it has the undersirable qualities that I do not like in a stout, licorice, soy and salt, and its overly roasted. Flaky.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle while in San Diego on 08/01/2008 for the RBSG Friday Pub Crawl. Dark brown body with a small off-white head. Chocolate and roast aroma. Roast malt and caramel flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.