hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at chriso’s pre-GBBF ’Raise the Roof’ Shindig ’10. Very dark brown, near black. Ashy vegetal aroma with some yeast. Sweet cardboard taste, but in a good way. Some bitterness.
cgarvieuk (21124) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at chris o pre GBBF ...eep black ... weet rich toffee malts nose ... nice dark toffee chocolate ... dry roast ... light charcoal ... decent
brokensail (15774) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is black with a nice viscosity and a finger’s worth of dark tan foam.
S: There is a very roasty quality to the nose which is not surprising. A decent amount of sweet, milk chocolate underneath and quite a bit of coffee as well.
T: Plenty more roast upon taking the first sip. The high roast leads to a strong sensation of coffee and a decent bitterness. Some chocolate flavor, but not all that intense.
M: Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation, maybe a bit more than usual for an RIS, but not overcarbonated.
D: A pretty nice imperial stout. No detectable alcohol and quite easy to drink, even with an ABV at better than 9%.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
not the ba version bottle 2/23/10 shared by dak on 3/21/10.
pours on the brownish side of black with a thin tan head.
the coffee in this seems vegetal to me... mixed with green peppers, peppery spice, caramel, savory smoke, roast, cocoa and hop dryness.
the flavor is the same with a briny aftertaste.
the body is a touch thin but not bad... 7/3/7/3/15/3.5
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Been sitting on this bottle for a long time. Good RIS, but overrated like so many of these rare beers are. And I don’t mean that as a knock, because there is really no way it could live up to the hype. Just a little thin in body, lacks a really thick maltiness to it. Still, very good.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with big ochre head. Aroma of oat, roasted nuts, burnt marshmallow and coffee. Velvety body gives gives way to the roasted malts, molasses, toast, and dark chocolate complex. Well done, as this is an excellent imperial.
tgncc (3090) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From pilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. The aroma is roasty, actually ashy and burnt. The appearance is the usual black, tan head. The flavor is also burnt, ashy, roasted malts. The finish is also roasty. Medium in body, thin for this style. Not great.
Beerbuddha (100) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: The beer poured a dark black with slight ruby highlights from the light. Plenty of lacing.
Smell: Amazing aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and dark bread.
Taste: Nice bready maltiness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Interesting hoppiness to it which provides a nice citrus note.
Mouthfeel: Full body with little to medium carbonation.
Overall: Fantastic brew! This one would be great during those cold winter nights!!
Pailhead (6386) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma has lots of black licorice along with light dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights around the edges of the glass and a small beige head. The flavor starts with a light dose of chocolate. The finish has moderate black licorice, vanilla, and light coffee. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and somewhat slick mouthfeel.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A jet black pour with fluffy tan head. It is black by the way. Stars do not escape its blackness. Scent is sweet malts, coffee, hints of chocolate. Taste is, well amazing! Coffee is up front with a very nice bitter finish but it is balanced. Super!