riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is nice and barrely, some roast, wood, lightly tart notes are there. Some vanilla and dark fruity notes, brown sugar. Black pour nice creamy tan head. Roasty malts up front, dark chocolate, raisiny notes, lightly tart, brown sugar notes, woody notes. Dry roast - almost acrid in the finish. Lightly sweet vanilla and brown sugar. Almost lively carbonation. Alcohol is toned down and this is well balanced.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle graciously shared by Douglas88 - Pours a totally opaque black color with tiny tan head. Aroma is slightly malty, but roasty, touch of caramel, tons of toasted oak. Flavor is malty, loads of caramel and oak, fairly roasty and bit of toasted malts. Finish is slightly sweet but far from cloying. This is very good - my first CCB brew and I definitely am interested in trying others from them.
jtclockwork (10487) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle number 42 of 204. Black with tan head. Nose of coffee, tobacco, chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch toffee. Taste of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toffee, spice and an ever so slight sour note.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque brown color with a moderate, tan cap. The nose is of malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and tobacco. Taste starts with nice bourbon notes and chocolate. Next comes vanilla, oak and dark dark spices. The finish is sweet with a touch of espresso bitterness. Slight alcohol warmth. Very nice!
Thanks to Douglas88 for sharing
Sledutah (5747) - Utah, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle shared by Doug, thank man this is one awesome beer #105/204
Appearance: Pours a thick black with a nice tan head and lots of lacing left in the glass as I sip this masterpiece
Aroma: Dark malts, vanilla, dark fruits and cocoa
Taste: Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak
Very nice beer, I really enjoyed it.
GT2 (9266) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL courtesy of sebletitje. Thank you Sebastien! What a rare treat! First, it opens normally without signs of infection. It pours almost black in the body with a menacing red mocha head that has huge retention and very good lace. Aroma is a little all over the place: sour fruits, spices, orange mint, barbecue pork, smoked sausage. An odd combo. Taste is spicy peppers, bell peppers, some intense cloying sweetness in the foreground and ends with some cardboardy oxidation. I’m very fortunate to get to sample this but obviously disappointed. I guess it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that I’m not a big fan since it is a blend of Hunahpu, Zhukov, and Warmer Winter Winter Warmer.
douglas88 (6961) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 105/204. A huge thanks to Ibrew2or3. A cool label. Pours out a pure black as night hue with a medium beige head. The aroma is amazing; huge barrels, vanilla, dark fruit, earthy and almost smoky in the intensity. The flavor just blew me away; huge dark fruit conquering all like the namesake Russian ruler, sweet and very oily, lots of barrel but not over the top instead it adds to the experience with woody, bourbon and vanilla flavors. Some dryness from the barrels competes with the oily viscous nature of the dark fruity roasted malts. Molasses. Very much like a barrel aged Dark Lord without the overly sweet flavors in some versions of DL. This is certainly a Imperial Stout. No doubt about that. Wonderful. Joyous in its experience. This will covert you to beer for life. I love that after 2,000+ ratings I can still find these kinds of beers. Re-rate: had this again in Pittsburgh, perhaps it was infected? There was a tangy flavor. Not robust, missing the explosive goodness of the earlier version. I’ll lower my rating just a bit.
Travlr (15210) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle at DC local tasting, courtesy of seabass. Almost black, dark brown head. Aroma of licorice and port wine. Taste of smooth, boozy chocolate. Much tastier than the Fergus Mor.
TheEpeeist (3500) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle, #18. Began foaming immediately requiring two pint glasses to settle it down. Dark brown with the craggy remnants of a huge tan head. Nose is brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg and coffee. Full body with a fermented fruit tang. Taste is blackberry, orange peel, candi and wood. Dry vinous finish with some chocolate. Warming and complex. Where did the weird little charcoal bits come from?
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
courtesy of 50belair, thanks man! frickin gusher, was chilled in fridge overnight too. always jades my opinion a bit when i have to spend 15 minutes cleaning the kitchen and 20 minutes waiting for the bottle to stop foaming over. beer is definitely infected. only mildly, but still infected. dark murky brown pour merits 2.5 finger brown head from a gentle pour. the taste and smell are pretty nice, but covered with bright notes of green apples, intense salt, and mouth drying citrusy notes. the body is very thick and oily at first transitioning into a bright, crisp dry finish. meh. only drank maybe 4 oz of this bottle. i could taste how it was gonna be really good, buts just too drenched in infection.