malrubius (1723) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at RnH. Black with dense dark ring. Raosted ashy earthy coffee and chocolate aroma. Rich roasty coffee chocolate mild dark fruit. Rich lingering clean complex roasted bitterness. All it needs is for someone steep a coffin in it. Excellent.
jsquire (3478) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with AgedOak. Very dark beer with a foamy brown head. It left sticky lace and a thick coating on the side of the glass when swirled. Coffee, chocolate and wet rubber in the nose. Big coffee flavors with bitter coffee grounds, molassess, dark bitter chocolate and just enough alcohol to warm you up. It has the slick, oily mouthfeel you want in a RIS. The long finish tastes like spent espresso grounds. Really well balanced huge beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, thick dark tan creamy head. Deep swirling nose of black mocha cream with undercurrents of burnt caramel coffee and peppery pipe tobacco throughout. Full on charred chocolate-vanilla roastiness is well balanced on a deep foundation of toffee-coffee bean flavors. Rounds well with a soft hop kiss. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Love itÖ
beerbill (3422) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle that I received from fogdog as a part of last yearís NP10 swap. The latest round of winter weather put me in the mood for some imperial stouts, and this one was awesome. Pours a dense black with the darkest deep brown head that I have ever seen on beer. The large head lasted until the last sip and left huge lace. If I could give a "6" for appearance for a beer, this one would get it. Delicious aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and molasses. The flavor is somewhat less of the chocolate and coffee with a bit of tobacco flavor creeping in. Some dark fruit and molasses in the flavor as well. Rich and full bodied with a luscious mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Rattle ní Hum. Poured black with brown legs. Nice! The aroma was sweet and roasty with notes of coffee and smoke. Roasted malt flavor that starts sweet but dries right out. Mild cocoa. Light side of a medium body. Dry and warming.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid imperial russian stout that doesnít do anything to stand out from the plethora of more easily available ones out there. Now the cedar-aged version is a different story altogether!
brokensail (10996) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: You canít get much prettier than this beer. A thick, black motor oil like pour with a surprising amount of mocha colored foam.
S: Pretty standard RIS aromas coming out of this one: coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice, and some dark fruits.
T: The chocolate is the most prominent flavor coming out of this beer. The coffee and roasted malt provide a bit of contrast and bitterness.
M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice viscosity to it.
D: Not a bad beer. I guess my expectations were a bit high for this one, but the flavors were a bit underwhelming, unfortunately. Still a good RIS, but not the best.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from santa. Poured a dark brown with a creamy brown head, lots of lace. Aroma of big roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel sweetness, vanilla. Taste is big chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some supporting vanilla. Finish is warming and creamy. Mouth is very full and slick. Overall, a really nice imperial stout.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ RnH - molasses, dark sugar and prune. Nice carbonation. Dark bitter chocolate. finishes with some bitterness. Hay and piney hops. Milky, smooth roasted notes.
Slipstream (2030) - USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, a tip of the hat to Marshall Zhukov, the Soviet general who repulsed the Nazis at the gates of Moscow, thus playing a big part in saving Western Civilization. And thanks also to Adrian, for informing me of the Cigar City event at RnH, where I tried this. Sweet, bready aroma. Very rich and full bodied. A strong grain flavor that is astringent and nicely balanced. Superb!