sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another Amazing brew from CCB..This is one of the best examples of a IRS you can drink. If you see this on the shelf buy it!!
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 A great Russian Imperal stout we enjoyed at the brewery tour. Glad we took a bottle home to save for a rainy day.
Ps: Just opened the bottle we took home 4 months ago. Wow- got goose bumps with the first sip. Pours like black motor oil with no head. Taste no alcohol and a dominate coffee taste. As it warms the hops that balance it loose to the sweetness of the malts and more complex flavors develop. This beast is so thick and smooth- just Love this beer. So sad we have to wait till next year to get our hands on another bottle.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, 2009 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy). Poured black w/ a mocha creamy head w/ a cherry tint. Aroma was of dark roast, spice, and cherry. Taste was of coffee, pecans, hint of chocolate with a bitter after taste. Good beer.
grubypawel (99) - - NOV 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@AIBF2014. Pours dark brown with a rich beige head. Lots of chocolate with hints of plum in the aroma. A medium bitter finish.
AgedOak (98) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Cigar City and consumed in Tampa one night after Christmas 2009. Mid-night jet black in color, pours very thick with a dark tan head that lingers. Burnt malt and some chocolate in the nose. This has a very creamy mouthfeel which was suprising as I was expecting a more oily feel. The taste combines burnt malt, chocolate, molasses and toasted coffee bean with atoffee sweetness I was not expecting. Finish has a slight bitterness. The creamy mouthfeel and combination of flavors hide the 11% alcohol of this impy stout. By the fireplace on a cold Ohio January night will suit this very well; glad I have an extra.
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle@DRBM. Almost black and hardly any head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, molassus, alcohol. Nice developping balance between sweet and bitter in the first and backtaste, with coffee, liquorice and soft sweet alcohol. Nice one.
TJay7481 (79) - Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark black. Deep aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, dark fruit and coffee with some hops in there. Very full and think mouthfeel. This is a very heavy and intense stout. Wonderful.
storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark pour with a little dark golden brown head.
You can taste the expressoís and bitterness of the dark chocolate.
Another excellent beer.
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
AROMA-chocolate, coffee, roasty, licorice, dark fruit
APPEARANCE-bitch black dark, thick, heavy with a brown creamy mocha head. Pours like Ten Fidy but better.
TASTE-like Expedition stout/Abyss similarities, medium to heavy sweetness,flavors of espresso, chocolate, roast, dark fruit notes, cinnamon, molasses and licorice.
PALATE-full bodied, perhaps the most full bodied stout out there other than Hunahpuís. Thick, sticky, and oily. Average to soft carbonation. Long lasting sweet licorice/molasses finish.
OVERALL-Although the earlier batches had carbonation issues the latest batch seems to be the best one. It gets chalky after like 8 months on it so I really donít recommend sitting on it too long. I feel that the most recent batch has been the best one as well. It drinks flawless 6 months into it once some of the hops step out to showcase other flavors.
alex4r (72) - - MAR 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Do not know why I have not rated this before. Bottom line here is that MZ is the king of Non-BA imperial stouts. This color is Knockout black with a beautiful head. The chocolate, cofeee, molasses, malty goodness on the nose is second to none. The viscosity coats the glass and leaves a stain you wont believe. The palate is creamy malty chocolate deliciousness.
This is a fantastic Imperial Stout.