VictorStr (1234) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Svart eller väldigt väldigt mörkt brun. Brunt skum. Söt och fruktig smak. Rostade bönor? Dislike i början, helt OK i slutet.
fidelis83 (1910) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, oily roast, dark chocolate and coffee seem normal to the style, but there are big notes of berries and tree fruit that seem odd, but not necessarily out of place, some dark fruit, roasted nuts, lots of herbal hops and dried cattails. Flavor has lots of oily roast up front, overdone croissant, dark caramel, roasted nuts, sweet tree fruit, earthy, tobacco, campfire smoke, bittersweet chocolate chips, molasses and hints of licorice and warm pie spices. More dark fruit and spice come out as it warms. Heavy body with a creamy entry, oily middle, dry, somewhat astringent finish and light, sharp carbonation. Nice, no-razzamatazz Impy stout. It’s awesome, and very complex, without needing adjuncts or special aging vessels to achieve it.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown color, medium sized tan head. Roasted malt in the aroma with notes of coffee, dark fruit and some chocolate. Sweet, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, some alcohol and decent bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Roasted and dry finish.
mjs (4498) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l - #156565, 2012 Vintage - BBE 16/08/25, from Systembolaget, 20130215) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had liquorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate and saltiness. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, liquorice, sweetness, dark chocolate, cocoa and bitterness. Aftertaste was rosty, ashy and bitter. A bit too sweet and aftertaste was too harh. Aging would quite likely soften both. Othrwise nicely balanced and alcohol was quite well hidden.
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Very dark, fluffy brown head.
Cocoa and spices in the nose. Incredibly smooth,
Milk chocolate, yet a fine bitterness underneath. Alcohol warming, but no raw edge. Nice to have an imperial stout that has not been tortured in an oak barrel with spirits for a change.
matthewjk (890) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from severely expensive 275ml bottle (May 2011) - Big beers do come in small packages! Damn this thing is heavy--it feels heavy and nice on the palate as well. Caramel, chocolate, espresso, and roasty tones are counterbalanced by a considerable hoppiness. Alcohol very well hidden @ 10 pct.
ComradeK (992) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves reasonable lacing. There s a fair amount of pear in the aroma, along with sweetish alcohol and a touch of oak. Mild herbal and spice hops up front give way to sweet drinking cocoa and mild black coffee. Charry, slightly smoky oak comes through in the finish. Whilst an enjoyable beer, this is fairly simplistic for an imperial stout. I suspect it is closer to the original export strength stouts sent to Russia than most modern imperial stouts are, especially as it at least claims to be the original version shipped there in 1795. An interesting one.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle-trade with hbmason-thin brown-black. Aroasty/anise-dk malt, some spice. T-roasty/anise-dk malt, peat, spice hops.
alobar (2738) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with no head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, and chocolate. Complex flavor with roasted malt, espresso, licorice, and fruit at the back end. Slight alcohol warmth noted. Very nice beer!
Cunningham (4342) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Black color with a fine foamy beige head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee and fruity.
Palate: Thick and oily body. Slightly sweet and a light bitterness. Creamy carbonation.
Taste: Rich dark chocolate, coffee, fruity, vanilla and dark malt.
Overall impression: I do understand The Russian Tsar.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget in Uddevalla, Sweden.