knickskicks (789) - - AUG 26, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet black, frothy tan head. Nose is roasted malts, pure dark chocolate, dark berries, black currant. Taste is rich dark chocolate, dark fruits, espresso, and a strong bitter finish. The really creamy mouthfeel is the best part of the beer along with the nose. The smooth mouthfeel reminds me of the Yeti beers.
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big bold beer, great aroma, some hops, sweet toffee, chocolate, and fruit flavour. Amazing body and feel.
beholder (58) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: pitch black with a thick tan, long-lasting head. Awesome lacing.
Aroma: dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and roastiness. Not very intense, but really good, just the way it should smell.
Taste: first comes the intense roastiness, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Some delicate notes of cocoa in the back. Bitterness is medium. Alcohol is hidden very well, almost untraceable. Some small hints in the aftertaste, but that’s because I drank this beer in room temperature. Pretty warming.
Mouthfeel: thick, oily, full bodied, soft carbonation. Superb.
Overall: maybe not mindblowing, but almost perfect russian imperial stout. Plus the name Tsar makes this beer even better. Really, this is probably the best way to name a beer in this style.
Enjoyed in a teku glass.
Kauge (410) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Tallinna Kaubamaja food department (€ 4,65) in May 2014. Pours Coke black with dark brown head that lasts nicely, leaving a scattered lacing. Nose is a fantastic mixture of hoppy and malty: I sense a great deal of cocoa-laden dark chocolate, truffle and almost burnt coffee, but also pine / spuce, grapefruit / lemon, or something similarily more bitter than sweet. Taste is at first surprisingly bitter, proceeded with a sensation of strong burnt coffee (but not at all in a bad way) and chocolate (though I wouldn’t say it’s sweet). The bitter aspects make me wonder about the types of hops used. It’s got a very full body (it almost feels physically heavy on the tongue), low carbonation, and indeed a "smooth velvety texture", hinting a 9,5 ABV only in a slight alcoholic tingle in the finish, and after a while a sense of warmth in the throat. Mouthfeel is thick and resinous. Overall a wonderful beverage to sip in the company of quality literature, something historical maybe, taking place in 19th century Russia. Turgenev’s "Fathers and Sons" for example.
Vaiz (3595) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour, thin deep tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, hay, tobacco, caramel and some coffee. Flavor is well balanced deeply black imperial stout. A tiny bit sweet, nice bitter and very full. Amazing brew.
Senka (719) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from April’14. Aroma of garden rose, dark roasted malts and caramel. Pours pitch black with dark brown to black-gray head. Malty, chocolaty and yet hoppy and yeasty. A magical mix for a imperial stout. Enjoyable over an hour. Texture changes from heavy and creamy to slick and slimy, but that is what you expect. Full bodied beer. Try to beat that. Again, this is something that I was not expecting. Perfect beer for its style. Get it if you are a stouts fan.
Charlieboy (58) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 A lovely present from my nephew sipped in front of the fire, looks amazing, the colour of the head is fantastic! Delicious flavours like a fruitcake in a glass great stuff.
Leighton (12231) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Nick at the Euston Tap, London. Pours thick black like oily tar with a creamy, brown head. Burnt cocoa aroma with lots of dark roast, some oak and whiskey. Big sweet flavor but not cloying at all, lots of dirt, tar, dark roast, espresso, dark chocolate, bitter burnt grass. Full bodied, chewy with fine carbonation. Mild warming finish with lots of dark chocolate, bitter baking cocoa, heavy roast, light peat, burnt earth. Really just an immensely good, highly quaffable beer. Superb.
Borresteijn (5002) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Black colour, light brown head. Aroma of citrussy hops, grapefruit, hard roasted malts, coffee, some alcohol. Flavour is sweet, hard roasted malts, coffee, citrus, grapefruit, liquorice, really malty, firm bitter roasted and citrussy hoppy finish. Fullbodied, smooth mouthfeel. Great hoppy AND malty imperial stout.
Christian (11319) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit, orange peel and pine. Sweetish dark malty flavour with chocolate, licorice, a bit of charcoal and ink, along with citrus hops and a good bitter finish. Great balance and great intensity