badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black body...ochre head...aroma of burnt malt, anise, molasses, alcohol, and chocolate. flavor profile is pretty similar with a huge emphasis on roasted character, light caramel...similar to a foreign stout. excellent
Fin (8322) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Craig, who kindly supplied this beer (cheers mate) consumed at my gaff, day three tasting 10-04-10 Pours íblack as yer atí with a beige head, streaks of oily liquid run down the side of this glass. Dark bitter sugars on the nose, with a little hoppiness also showing. Soft in the mouth and whilst it tastes great I agree with Craig, it could have a better mouthfeel. Coffee and bitter roasty notes takeover, dark molasses also in the mouth, and some bitter chocolate. Very nice. A7 A5 F8 P4 Ov15 3.9
AndyReynolds (1056) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2014 Bottle thanks to bigmmartin. Pours a nice rich blackish-brown with a thin tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is strong with roasted malts, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, nuts, and licorice. Mouthfeel is chewy ande a bit creamy. Taste brings out the coffee, but is very balanced. Very impressive.
cgarvieuk (17282) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 bottle thanks to the big cheese ... at fins ... deepest black ... big short lived brown head ... big chocolate and soft coffeee ... roast malt nose ... little overfizzy .. but huge chocolate ... little treacle toffee ... light bitter coffeee roast in back ... with just a little hop showing through ... very nice
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... dark malts ... deep roast ... light spice ... dark malt roast ... light toffee sweet malts ...dark cakes ... light soyas 3.7
TheEpeeist (3543) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Ebony with a surprisingly thick head darker brown than any iíve seen. Nose is chocolate, molasses, charred oak and prune. Full body with a buzz and an alcohol kick. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, pine and bitter citrus. Lingering licorice and grass. Flavors as dark and sinister as it appears.
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours jet black with a foamy tan head. Not a lot of smell--toffee, charcoal, and a bit of charcoal, smoke, and a mellow hop grassiness. Taste is smooth roastiness and finishes with some caramel/toffee sweetness and a smoky/charcoal finish. The hops balance it out a bit, and itís smooth as hell. Had this right after Hunahpu, and liked this better.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft- you hate to compare, but this certainly was not the experience hunapnus was- more typical ris, bells expidition like- still an awesome example, and delicious in its own right- just didnít overwhelm in terms of complexity.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at CC brewery.
Jet black pour tan well laced head. Full creamy palate. Light chocolates, lactose, and alochol with some grass and a good amount of bitterness in the aroam. Bitter taste lots of coccoa nib & a grassy hop really dominate the flavor. Some light lactose softens it up a bit and lets it get sweeter as the glass warms. A good but not great IS. If the hops calm down a bit more this would probably be a lot better as they cover some of the subtle flavors up.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Rattle ní Hum, NYC. Pours a deep black with a generous brown head. Flavor is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Taste is the same, with a sublimely smooth characteristic and an unobtrusive alcohol profile. A very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is moderately thick and black with dark tan head. Aroma is a competition between between roasted notes of espresso, bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is at once roasted and sweet, with espresso, dark chocolate, ripe plums, molasses and burnt toffee. Finish is bitter with a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is warming but absent from the flavor. Tasty!