DeliriumT (501) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ink black with chocolate head. The aroma is sugary sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee. The first taste is a whallop of flavour full of sugar and warm mocha. The beer is finished with a refreshing bitterness at the back of the tongue
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed in May 2011; Sampled July 2012
A steady pour into my small, St. Sebastiaan tulip produces a three-finger thick, nicely brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown, that is not quite black; it is opaque though. The aroma has quite a bit of fruit character to it; lots of dense raisin, prune and port are noticeable. This is backed by a sort of chalky, dusty cocoa, lightly roasted, brown whole grain toast character that forms the backbone of this beer.
Rich feeling as it hits my palate, but not nearly as sweet as the richness might suggest. There is a sort of chalk like, roasted prune flavor that plays out quite prominently from the beginning through to the finish. Dusty cocoa note meld with roasted malt notes, and these form a supporting structure for the dark fruitiness. The body is actually not that heavy given the beers strength. Bitter roasted notes and bitter hop notes linger on the palate for quite some time along with a touch of roasted astringency; the beer somehow has a chalky finish to it.
This is so incredibly different from American interpretations (even those trying to be something like this). The ample fruit character, soft approach to roasted malts, and the madeira / port like character that this achieves is just not found in the American brewing repertoire. This is far better than I was expecting; it is a great way to end an evening. The beer looks to be bottle conditioned, in fact it might have been a touch over-carbonated (which might be something to watch for during long term ageing), but this should last quite nicely for years to come.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle, brewed in May 2011. Good thin lighter brown head. Dark but not entirely opaque color, with with chunks of yeast visible in the glass. Lighter, smooth carbonation, dry finish. But the texture has a slight bite. Chocolate nose-smell. Good roasty aroma, big bitter taste. Espresso finish. Hint of anise. And yeah, after reading the description, can’t help but notice the pear note now. Solid Russian Imperial Stout, good one to savor.. Although I can’t help but feel that something about is lacking. Also, $6 a bottle is offensive
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: dark and dense – liquid smoke and ash. A thick khaki head fades with acres of lace marking my glass. Swirls creamy much like freshly whipped cappuccino.
Nose: smoky, black cake, black licorice root. Chocolate covered raisins, chocolate covered prunes, and chocolate covered cherries. Malted chocolate.
Palate: interesting in a really good way – not kinda creepy weird way. Smoky sweet with a delicate silken mouthfeel. Succulent raisins. Gentle burnt bitter coffee roast in the back. Black chocolate and brittle espresso beans mingle nicely. Burnt caramel sweetness. Tart tannins and leather tingle atop the tongue – just enough to balance the richness of roasted flavors. Toasted almonds.
Final Thoughts: anything dating before 2011 is a previous recipe of Courage Russian Imperial Stout which is very hard to find, very cellar friendly, and if preserved properly very delicious with age under the cork and cap. I haven’t found any older bottles yet, but the new version is damn tasty and an easy recommendation for the discerning palate.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at world of beers. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Aroma is coffee forward with additional mocha on the trail. Taste is ultra bitter from the coffee in a good way. You can taste the grinds in each sip.
knickskicks (1151) - - JUL 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour. Dark brown. Beige head. Licorice, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits.
TheJestersBeer (2393) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
275ml bottle, 2011 vintage.
Pours nearly pitch black, with a firm brown head.
Complex, heavily roasted aroma, lots of dark chocolate, coffee beans, licorice, smoke, ashes, dark fruits, cherries, blackcurrant, vanilla, raisins, prunes.
Semi-sweet, full bodied, medium to high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Massive, complex taste, loads of roasted malt, licorice, ashes, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, raisins. Long, complex, balanced finish. Beautiful.
wlajwl (5845) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is malts, vinous notes and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is coffee, dark fruit/vinous, smokiness and a mildly tart finish.
sherm1016 (1272) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
27.5cl bottle. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, malty, chocolate. A bit heavy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, molasses, bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, raisin, a little smokey, with a sweet, roasty finish. Very tasty.
Pailhead (6430) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, anise, some spice, pine, and roast. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a large beige head with good retention and lots of webbing left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts moderate-heavy molasses, some chocolate, and vanilla. The finish has notes of spice, roast, pine, and light coffee. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.