Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This damn thing is good. Tap at the brewery, much better than their other IS offering which I found to be too fruity. This piece of work is a smidge hoppy for an R.I.S. but still heavy on the malt, very good.
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious, but almost too sweet. Chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, and that bit of coffee bitterness. Thick and rich, an 8 ounce pour is all youíll need. Unbelievable that CC keeps putting stuff like this out.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Capones. Finished off Adrian the zorkís glass. Pours a clear black colour with a tan head. Flavourful aroma of espresso, malts, chocolate and nuts. Taste is of bitter chocolate, smoky espresso, sweet notes of molasses, dark fruits, and a nutty flavor. Very palatable with soft carbonation.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with cherry-brown head. Sweet nose of molasses, chocolate covered cherries, and plenty of booze. Velvety, with good carbonation. Tastes of the same with more dried fruits. Excellent.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma vanilla and soy sauce. Appearance dark brown with khaki head. Taste is a great balance between sweet vanilla, chocolate, and savory soy. Palate is creamy and smooth. Ends on a bitter note.
This is basically a smoother expedition stout. Which is a GREAT thing in my opinion
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black, dark mocha head. Great sticky lacing all the way down.
Roasty Choclate aroma, a little coffee, dark fruit.
Lots of dark fruit in the taste, sweet dark malt, coffee and bitter Choclate.
Big chewy mouthfeel, huge body, low carbonation, flavors really stick to the palate.
Yum, one of my favorites!
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was down in FL for the holidays and I agreed to pick one of these up for someone in MD. The only place I could find it for sale in Gainesville was a beer bar that sold beer to go. I purchased the rather expensive (for me) bottle of beer and proceeded to drink the rest of the night away. The owner of the bar (and a friend of mine) asked me what beer I had bought to go and when I told him (he had not heard of it, been a busy 6 months for him) he promptly bought another one for he and I to share.
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass (Delirium tulip). Beer is viscous as it pours from the bottle into the glass, jet pitch as dark as can be black in color. Leaves a residue where the beer hits the side walls of the tulip. There isnít much head or carbonation (its 11% alcohol) but when you swirl the beer a big thick head of really dark brown bubbles (small combining into large) forms and falls away leaving a ton of lacing on the walls. The carbonation level cannot support the head. This beer looks amazing. Iíve never seen such a dark colored head.
The aroma is overwhelming and complex. The flavor of this beer had better not let me down, the aroma is beautiful. First off its strong. I stick my whole nose into the tulip and breath in. I can smell chocolate and sweet malt. The alcohol is there but its not solventy it adds to the experience and helps accent the roasted coffee flavors. The sweetness is the dominant flavor.
Time to drink finally. The beer was served a little too cold so I held the bowl of the glass in my hand for several minutes enjoying the aroma. Mouthfeel is good, big bodied despite the high ABV, lots of flavors that completely coat the mouth. The alcohol is not as obvious in the beer as it was in the aroma, the flavor is dominated by a strong sweetness (that the alcohol may be contributing to) in the front of a good full malt character and then an avalanche of roasted espresso and coffee in the back of the mouth. Beer continues to surprise by not having an aftertaste. The coffee flavor is present and lingers but there is not secondary flavors. This is a world class beer and one of the, if not the best, Russian Imperial Stout I have ever had. Iím sure the oak and cedar aged versions are even more complex and amazing.
One2remeber (188) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark espresso, micro bubble head. Stains the glass.
Earthly, rich dry chocolate. Syrup sweet. Very clean. Paper, lite alcohol if any.
Hint of cherry licorice.
Soft, velvet mouthful. Mild thickness.
ManvsCity (183) - 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.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Bottle. Pour black with a decent size brown bubbly head. Aromas are coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and sweetness. Flavors are full of coffee, sorta chocolate milk due to the creaminess, roasty and a sweet molasses flavor. The finish is dry and a bitter chocolate flavor lingers in your mouth. Another great beer from CCB.