Cunningham (4905) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wee man from Sam’s, Durham. This one kind of slipped into town unheralded, funny for such a highly coveted beer (guess it’s not Hopslam durrrrrr). 8 ounces of chocolate sludge for a pour, with a silky cafe au lait head and tons of nice lacing. Rich nose of chocolate and dark fruit, mild smoke and coffee bean too. Velvety mouthfeel, and just a bit of chalk in the finish. Huge dark fruits and intense roasts dominate the taste, but that’s right where you want a beer like this to be. Nice.
joergen (21505) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home.
Black coloured with a medium suzed beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of soy sauce and hops.
Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, dried fruits and licorice with notes of soy sauce.
rxeight (1512) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour slight tan head. Quite carbonated for an imperial stout. The aroma has some coffee and some chocolate malt but somewhat mild. Taste is full of that stale english malt. Slight coffee on the back. Touch of sweetness. Im really not big on the english malt this and traditional porters. Not bad. Just not very good either.
Tjoxen (172) - SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with big brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and licorice. Taste of licorice, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Oily thick consistence. A bit week in the finish but there is some warming alcohol.
igneous1 (1504) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear, very deep brown. thin and short-lived brown head. aroma has notes of chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malts. flavor notes of cocoa, raisins, alcohol, with a roasty dry finish.
alobar (2871) - 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!
beer_est_deus (746) - örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Svart öl med fast brunt skum. Doft: Gummi, alkohol, mörkt surt rågbröd, starkt svart te, gräddkola, bränt socker. Smak: Gummi, kemisk, bränt socker, jenka tuggummi blandat med bränt kött.
rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
275ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled in May 2011.
Pours pitch black with a dark tan half finger head that is pretty fizzy and quick to fade. Head retention and lacing are both lacking with just a ring left around the top of the beer.
The aroma has much more of a fruity character than other RIS I have had. Lots of dark fruit and licorice that really reminds me of many English ales, just on a stronger level. Really not much roast at all just a lot of fruit and yeasty esters. It works, though, and nothing is offensive whatsoever.
The flavor is where this beer really shines. Much like the aroma, dark fruity esters dominate at first. Somewhat sweet with quite a bit of yeast character. Not extremely impressive but about halfway through the taste, something magical happens. Almost out of nowhere tons of roast comes shooting in along with some coffee and dark chocolate. This marries magically with the dark fruit leading to an intensely complex finish. Moderate bitterness with a lot less sweetness than many other RIS with a pretty dry finish.
Overall, probably the best RIS I have had. Extremely complex flavors and an absolutely amazing mouthfeel with alcohol being extremely well hidden. A definite world class beer.
triskaideka (163) - Killarney, IRELAND - FEB 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Single bottle at a local beer tasting. My enjoyment was not hindered by the fact that this was the 11th of 11. Jet black colour almost, long tasting tan coloured head. Superb beer - almost a liqueur type drink - and at 10% ABV - it ’s for sipping not guzzling.