ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
32oz growler most generously sent by Beerlando. thanks, Bryan! rated a couple days ago but entered as rating #999 of my journey to #1000. pours a beautifully decadent, oily, jet-black with a rich, dark, cinnamon/rusty brown head with perfect retention and sticky rings of lace.
aroma is unlike any beer iíve ever experienced. absolutely stunning with the most intense, rich, world class espresso, charred french roast, fruity, freshly harvested coffee beans, and a touch of spiced, mexican blend and backed by elegant, pure dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts, and hints of vanilla with subtle notes of cinnamon and topsoil as it warms in my CCB snifter. i literally spent 10 minutes savoring the aroma before taking a sip! so long, in fact, LJ started laughing at me and sheís seen me rate hundreds of beers before this one. flavor is almost indescribable. just on a completely different level than mere mortal imperial coffee stouts with a massive onslaught of rich espresso, freshly roasted $100/lb coffee, and bitter, slightly fruity, spent grinds with a sublime balance offerred by rich, semi-sweet fudge, vanilla, and subtle molasses with hints of fresh cinnamon, dark fruits, and cigar ash on the back end. palate is nothing short of perfect. i mean, this "shit" drinks like a damn frappacino with a silky, slick texture, perfect carbonation, and the most intense, chocolate, roasted coffee finish iíve ever experienced. overall, truly a sublime beer. no way i can rate this any less that a perfect 5 as itís definitely one of the absolute best beers iíve ever tasted.
wavers1 (908) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
growler courtesy of askdrtodd, thanks a ton! wow! what a beer. this really is a top notch stout, no way around it. beautiful pour, took some good height to achive a good head, and the beer is by no means lacking of carb in the body afterwards. the body is very very viscous, super oily, dark brown head with long lasting cascading action and decent lacing and spotting, beautiful beer. the coffee is the star of the show through and through in this beer, hands down. huge roasty aroma, tons of chocolate, delicious. the taste and body are incredible. tastes like a mocha milkshake, super creamy carbonation and very thick full body. what a terrific beer. i really am blown away by this, its been a minute since ive had a stout of this caliber. this is as good as surly four was fresh. worth the hype when in top form.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Mini growler] shared by tytoanderso. Thanks Tyler! Pours a ridiculously dark black with a small, soapy tan head. Aroma is smoky, super roasty, thick and lightly oxidized coffee, and some creamy dark chocolate. Flavor has just a touch of peppers, some coffee, and is super ashy and a touch astringent. Medium mouthfeel and a chalky finish. Little to no hop character.
knickskicks (753) - - AUG 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black pour, dark brown head with reddish hues. Nose is huge gourmet coffee. Wow. Thatís all I get initially--just a huge gorumet coffee bomb. Hard to tell itís not just a cold cup of black coffee. As it warms the roasted malts come through. In the taste I get some dark chocolate and roasted malts, but mostly just huge kopi luwak coffee. Smooth big body but not quite as thick as regular Zhukov or AB Huna.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Nitro tap @ Redlight Redlight for RBWG. Ok, so I know Iím a homer yada yada yadaÖbut jcwattsrugger gave this a 4.1 which in itself speaks volumes. This beer really was sublime. Poured black with a thick, dense, creamy brown head. Bodies donít come any fuller, this beer has the mouth feel of a milk shake. Nose has huge notes of coffee and chocolate both very pronounced and balanced with the lighter notes of roasted malt and vanilla. More of a breakfast than a beer. This beer was fantastic probably my favorite of RBWG and of Cigar City for that matter.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Nitro!) Draft at RL/RL for RBWG thanks to Degarth. Nose is like sticking your face in a mound of Kopi Lawak beans. Its so intense. Some roasted malt manages to peak through but its just ridiculous. The flavor is huge roasted malt and massive amounts of the richest thickest coffee you can imagine. This is no longer a beer. Its an espresso with a shot of beer it it. Insane. Creamy as all get out with really a mouthfeel second only to Hunahpus. For all that though its lacking some depth. Its one dimensional. Its an amazing one dimension, but it makes me wonder what might have been with the Hunahpupu.
Anker (723) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at PapsÝ tasting with courtesy of PapFather. :)
Pours pitch black with a tiny brown head.
Theres loads of coffee in the aroma along with heavy roasted malt, soy and liquorice.
Flavour is dark roasted malt, tar, coffee, smoke, caramel and a hint of soy.
Leaves a pleasant long lasting dark and roasted after taste.
hivemind (711) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Blind Tiger with Andy, Streets, James. Dark pour with no real head. Aroma is intense sweet resin and alcohol. Palate is smokey coffee with dark, dark chocolate malts. Pretty unique. Medium-bodied and drinkable. Gets points for complexity.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the pleasure to enjoy this together with Mikkel. Shared a "six-pack" handbottled beautys that normally only are available at the brewery. The pour is black black black with a fine dark brown head that stays there all through the glass. Heavy curtains when rolled in the glass. The aroma is packed with bitter freshly made coffee notes. Lots of cacao, wooten notes, a little fart somewhere. The taste is so smooth with a nice sweet and very balanced taste that fades out in a somehow raw bitterness with the sweet notes as backing group with edgy salty notes, that traditionally goes along with an russian imperial stout. Reminds me a little of a cake dough. Its roasted to the max, but never gets over the top. The palate is creamy and very dilicious. Not to thick, but spot on. The finish is dominated of the coffee. Best imperial stout I have had this year.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler at RBWG. Thanks whomever brought this. Aroma of vanilla, dark coffee. Wow, rich, thick, and bold. Coffee and vanilla. The same ashy flavor as regular Zhukov but smooth as hell through the finish. Oak, vanilla and coffee... Amazing