fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to Daknole, a nice pffsssttt as the bottle opens releases a nice mist and I start to pour. Now I know I have used the term "motor oil" and "thick as hell" before, but no other beer, NOT ONE can touch the consistency that this brew has. Pouring it in the glass I get the feeling that this beer could clog my arteries, it honestly looked like maple syrup going on pancakes. Once settled in the glass, a thin waterfall leaves a very dark and mean looking dark brown head. The aroma is unique to any other RIS nose I have had the pleasure of sniffing. Strong expresso, booze, dark fruits, and wood. Really no sweet aromas at all. Itís entirely dark, bitter, and brutal smelling. Flavors follow that thought process to a T. Bitter expresso, molasses, oak, and a dryness in the mouth from a nice hop character. There is balance, but it seems more of a balance of one form of bitter to another. There really isnít a sweet note at all, and itís really not a bad thing at all. This puppy is dark and dangerous. Thanks to Dak and CCB!
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A black beer with a dense dark tan head which left sheets of lace on the glass. Intense roasted aroma with big notes of chocolate and coffee. Medium to full body with a smooth mouth feel and soft carbonation. Flavor is hard roasted chocolate malt, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee with slight alcohol note. This brew is very smooth and balanced, good example of a CCB stout. Finishes slightly bitter and roasted.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Shawn, thanks (I got another in the cellar): Opaque basically and creamy tan head with very good lace. The aroma has notes of blackstrap molasses, charred and toasty malts, hazelnut, chocolate, espresso, peat, leather, and pipe tobacco. The taste displays big dark twangy fruits and rich heavy malts with a molasses and chocolate overtone. Moderate herbal hop and coffee like bitterness. A bit of sea salt snap upon the finish, The mouth feel is oily and rich. Outstanding, the best of the CC beers I have had so far. Very much what I want in my Russian Imperial Stouts.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Hawthorneís in Philly pours a deepest brown, almost pure black. Creamy copper/stained oak colored medium-thick head fades slowly leaving no lacing. Dark chocolate mole, buffalo jerky, and red-hot coals waft into the nostrils. Bourbon, roast nuts, espresso beans, raisins, figs, rich dark chocolate, and oak meet the tongue head on. This beer contains minimal sweetness, with the thick and chewy malt base playing second fiddle to a remarkably easy drinking Imperial Stout character. Canít wait to try this from the tap.
BernieLomax (19) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This an epic beer and not recommended for the faint of heart. The ABV alone should ward of the casual on looker, but if not, prepare for war. Bernie is on record stating that this is the best Imperial Stout that I have ever had and until proven otherwise it will remain at the top. The beer pours as black as oil and has a minimal amber colored head, but the crazy part is that as you prepare for the first sip all of your preconceived notions are erased and you find yourself with an Imperial Stout that is light bodied, robust, surprisingly easy and inviting to drink. The dark body of the stout never catches up to the overall intriguing and pleasant taste of the beer. Must have when found and a new age collection beer. One bomber is great, 2 bombers good luck!
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle brought to Strong Ale 09, I think by wetherel, maybe JohnC, whoever you are thanks! Pour is black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet, and taste is sweet and chocolaty, very nice impy.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Hophead22 tasting.Beautiful black pour with brown head. Aroma was cinnamon, coffee, chocolate and hops. Taste was super roasty and hoppy kinda like Stone IRS. Pallet was nice. Overall very good IRS.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from DuffManSW. Rating # 82. Dense, pitch black pour with a dark brown, fluffy head. Dark fruit aroma, a little roast, very nice. Dark roasty flavor, bitter chocolate and some coffee maybe, good stuff. (1094)
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got a sample of this at the ORF tasting. Was a bit disappointed. Aroma of light coffee and a little malty chocolate. It was pretty good, but the taste left on the palate was lacking... kind of cheap coffee and a very drying bitterness that wasnít all that pleasant. It is still enjoyable, but definitely much better Imp stouts out there
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2010 poured black with a nice dark brown/tan head. taste is light coffee and bitter chocolate. the bitter finish was a nice compliment and very different than expected.