Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boynton Beach, FL. 2012. Pours a deep black oil in a small snifter at home. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight coffee, oak barrel, and booze. The taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, oak barrel, booze, and slight anise. Great balance of flavors. Almost room temp it really shined. Medium to full body, boozy finish with deep malts.
wyzzywyz22 (2037) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Tesco, Bidston. I was very surprised and happy to stumble across a box of this waiting to be put out on the shelves at my local Tesco. Poured nigh on black with a medium tan head. Aroma had notes of molasses, roast, dark choc and dark fruit. Full and rich flavour with fairly prominent booze and notes of chocolate, roasted malts coffee and vanilla. Quite a treat and a bargain at £2 a bottle. I went back for more that weekend but alas it was all gone and has never been seen again. Sob.
demmbonz (590) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small bottle to snifter. Thick black pour. Sweet roast aroma with a hint of booze. Flavor is spectacular blend of roast, malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. Smooth luscious and creamy.
Muggus69 (1273) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
275mL bottle BB 02/09/26!!!
Pitch black body, holds a good sized dense tan head for the duration.
Aroma quite different from most (imperial) stouts: dried fig & sultana, burnt toffee, cocoa, vinous red fruits, charred woody notes, almost a hint of Brett-like horsey/cooked pineapple note!?
Full rich body, moderate carbonation, nice creamy texture to it.
Palate opens out with good measures of charred toast, roast nuts, espresso, burnt sugars & molasses, with dried fruit & smokey, phenolic woody undertones. Moderately bitter finish, dries out with some warmth.
Quite a different Imperial Stout, quite savoury. Would be interesting to see how it ages...not sure I would be willing to wait 13 years though!
ryanfolty (1909) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 31, 2014 - bottle shared by Jake. Dark brown pour with limited head. Aroma was smoke, roasted malt and coffee. Taste was consistent with aroma, but also had a mild fruity finish.
joe19612 (1934) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a beige head, chocolate malt aroma, taste is bitter with roasted malt aroma,with a dry bitter finish.
eduardovl (964) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 275ml bottle served in a mug like glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color forming a big and solid dark beige head. Excellent retention and tons of thick, creamy and lingering lacings left in the glass
S: Sweet. Chocolate cake. Strong notes of roasted malts. Licorice, Oreo and espresso. Dark dry fruits. Light notes of dyacetil. Very earthy and a bit booze in the end
T: Slightly sweet. Strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, dark dry fruits. Brown bread and earthy yeasts. Intense bitterness, a mix of roasted malts and herby hops
M: Creamy, heavy full body. Medium to low carbonation. Dry, bitter and roasted aftertaste
O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect Russian Imperial Stout
[ BA Review @ 8/14/2014 ]
RickTStiles (788) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with no head of lacing. aroma is grape, wood, tobacco and spice. taste has notes of Timothy hay and other barnyard notes with an odd balance of bitterness and spice. finish is a bit dull with some earthyness. odd.
rouhlas (339) - GREECE - SEP 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
275 ml bottle at home. Black color with very nice one finger beige almost creamy head. roasted malty aroma of coffee (mostly) and chocolate, dark dried fruits, raisins, light hoppy. Taste is sweet and bitter, malty, like the aroma, coffee and dark sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Full body, almost creamy, soft carbonation, bitter chocolate and coffee and slightly alcoholic long finish.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Holy friggin complexity batman!! Nutty, earthy, bitter, sweet, coffee, cocoa, dark fruit slightly smokey craziness. Nice beer! Slightly too much fizz and alcohol showing in the finish are the only faults, and they are minor. Really nice impy :). Russian, yet distinctly English."