GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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. Iím very fortunate to get to sample this but obviously disappointed. I guess it shouldnít be that much of a surprise that Iím not a big fan since it is a blend of Hunahpu, Zhukov, and Warmer Winter Winter Warmer.
douglas88 (7795) - 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. Iíll lower my rating just a bit.
Travlr (18623) - 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 (3663) - 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 (915) - 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.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Justin for this bottle shared with some ATL folks.
The bottle popped with a fairly aggressive pop and proceeded to flow out the top of the bottle a little bit. The pour is black with a massive bubbly tan head that recedes quickly to a small collar
The aroma is good with tons of roasted chocolate malts, tobacco, leather m,sweet fruits and coffee. The only issue is that there is a definitely sourness that pervades from the very beginning. Nothing overpowering, but enough to notice.
The taste is excellent and I get none of the sourness from the nose. Itís dominated by the charred black malts from the stouts and the candied fruit of the old ale. Throw in the chocolate, espresso, bourbon and tobacco and youíve got quite a tasty brew.
The mouthfeel is bothersome as itís damn-near effervescent, which is certainly overdone for this style.
The taste really salvages this beer for me. Itís excellent in that regard, but something tells me thereís an emerging issue with this one. Iím definitely glad I opened it when I did as I canít imagine this particular bottle getting better.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for sharing bro! Pours a rich, dark, brown color with medium light brown head. Aroma is of notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is chocolate, light vanilla, dark fruits, notes of bourbon and wood. Alcohol is well hidden and carbonation is light and lively. Not a bad beer but again, none of the CCB beers are living up to the hype for me, unfortunately.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Dan! I have to say, out of the three CCB beers that I got, this would have to be my favorite........but that isnít saying much. This is heavily on the RIS side, with some nice caramel and vanilla maltiness going on. I have to be honest.......kinda passed out after this so Iím not giving it the greatest of comments, but WTF. I need to keep track of them somehow!
MeadMe (1551) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 A: Pours a nice deep black with a tight tan head. Lite retention and some spotty lace.
S: Aromas of char, mild booze, chocolate, and caramel lead the way. Mild barrel character with hints of vanilla and coconut.
T: Love the taste of this one. Not much Bourbon character left in the barrel but still plenty of oak. The base zhukov really stands out and provides lots of roast and chocoalte. The winter warmer provides enough candy like sweetness to provide balance. The mild barrel makes this one pretty enjoyable.
M: On the full side of medium in body, smooth.
D: Good one of the more drinkable BA brews.
50belair (3163) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50/204. This bad boy pours black with a tan head. The bouquet is heavy and loaded with malt, dark fruits, and cocoa. The taste is really complex with different flavors pirouetting all over the place. Itís earthy with big bourbon, fig, raisin, smoke, and vanilla notes running the show. I would love to taste this manimal again after letting it cellar for about a year..