Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black. Long lasting tan foam. Dark chocolate and truffle aroma. Velvety mouth feel. Flavor is alarmingly complex, balanced and intense. Long lasting finish. Profound effort. Has a malt density and mouth feel that reminds me of Danish dark beers. It has an uncommon character when compared to other American craft brewed Imperial Stouts.
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Has a great amount of alcohol and some sweetness to it. You can taste the cedar and the caramel. The hops is noticeable but not taking over. 110k is delicious!
kennydiaz (347) - staten island, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black with a thin head and light carbonation. Has a nice imperial stout nose and intial taste. Has a initial nice chocolate malt taste but has a lingering perfume after taste that lingers and to me ruins the beer. Very disappointed considering cigar city is one of my favorite brewers.
arkurzynski (1287) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sample from motortoddhead. Thanks brotha! Deep black pour with minimal head. Nose is a mix of dark fruit and grainy roast malt with a dash of dark chocolate and cocoa. Flavor is a decadent, silky dark/Baker’s chocolate, slightly gritty, mixed with deep roasted malt and a hint more of the dark fruit. Residual gritty chocolate. Extremely rich and tasty with a milkshake palate. No alcohol, and way too easy going down for the ABV. Despite the slightly underwhelming aroma, this was killer beer. Thanks for the uber goodness Todd!
madmitch76 (12094) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
6th September 2009
Opaque black beer. Chocolate coloured frothy head. Nose of roasted malt and minerally hops. Softish palate. Rich well roasted malts A little chocolate and light coffee. Touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Not the smoothest of Imperial Stouts but quite drinkable.
swalden28 (1) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours tar black with dark copper head. Aroma of astringent dark roasted grain and bitter cocoa. Flavor is much the same with a strong malty back bone, alcohol, strong dark roast bitterness. Heavy mouth feel, slight oxidation, low carbonation. Overall, outstanding beer!
Aniela (2228) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoff’s CCB-day in Sätila 12-07-07. Black beer with a brown head. TAr, dark chocolate, dark dried fruits, roasted malt aroma. Tar, a bit smokey, roasted malt, licorice flavour with coffee notes. Nice beer :-)
Dunbar72 (129) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoff’s CCB-day in Sätila. Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma of alcohol, cinnamon. Ginger, licorice and coffee in the taste. Bitter finish.
_angst_ (2084) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 750 ml bottle shared @ tkrjukoffs CCB Day tasting. Pours oily pitch black with a small creamy dark chocolate brown head that slowly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and almost slightly salty with roasted malts, indonesian soy sauce, resinous wood, minerals, figs, prunes, dark honey, sweet milk chocolate and hints of pine, black pepper and wet leaves. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour and slightly salty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, dark honey, prunes, burnt wood, soy sauce, resin, pine, orange peal, black pepper, minerals, ammonium chloride, figs, dark grapes, alcohol and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is intense, very tiny dry, oily bitter and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and bitter with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, resinous wood, ammonium chloride, pine and orange peal. Felt a bit all over the place...
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber @ CCB Day. Pours oily brown black with a tense small brown head leaving small laces. Aroma is very intense sweet plums dark fruits roasted malts fruity soy meaty. Flavor is very roasty malty and hars in front, fruits acidy dry vinous in middle and all flavors sustaining til the end. Longlved bitter roasted slightly pungent finish.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally reviewed: 6/23/09. Poured this big bottle into my tulip glass. Now, I haven’t seen any beer pour this thick. Serious viscosity going on. Like dirty motor oil...that was partially frozen. I thought I needed to grab a spoon for this. Huge, over the top, brown head. Not tan, this thing was dark as chocolate. No lacing or rings, no, this was a ’coating.’ The entire glass edge was murked over with the leftovers of the gorgeous head. This is the prettiest beer I’ve ever seen.
Smells like leather, raisins, wine, walnuts, coffee, and booze. A smorgasborg of scent. There’s so much going on here, I had to mute the TV because I couldn’t concentrate on capturing it all. I could hardly grasp the depth of scent of this. The mouth is pure silk. Smooth, buttery creaminess coats the entire mouth and flows steadily down the throat. I want to wrap myself up in this.
This is a very coffee-forward beer. I wasn’t expecting that. Huge bitter espresso presence. This melds with a roasted nutty flavor that is ever satisfying. The finish is drying and chalky, but I think that’s because I failed to chew after every sip. Thick coffee-goodness. This is, by far, the best RIS I have ever had. This belongs on everyone’s list that loves a good thick RIS. No tasting panel is complete without it. Get some.