Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Ar:Sweet, malty, roasted, AP: Dark with light tan head. Taste: Roast, ashy, bit of fruit at the end. Full, thick palate with nice carb, very light bitterness at finish. True to form, great beer from the "original". 2012, cant wait to see what time does.
Darkmagus82 (1938) - - APR 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a one finger head of a cream colored foam. The head fades rather rapidly leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Upon swirling the brew in the snifter, thick fingers of beer cling to the sides of the glass, very slowly receding to the bottom of the vessel to leave some bubbly and sticky looking lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweeter smell of chocolate mixed with caramel. Along with these aromas are some nice notes of a roasted malt smell as well as a nice expresso aroma. Other lighter notes of darker fruits of cherry and raisin are there as well, with these also being accompanied by some sweet vanilla. With a little bit of grain and a light booze there as well the smell is overall quite warming.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice drier roasted malt taste mixed with a decent showing of some coffee. A lighter sweet flavor of caramel and some chocolate are at the front with these growing stronger as the taste advances and with them being joined by some light fruit tastes of raisin and plum. The coffee seems to dwindle as the taste advances all while the caramel, chocolate and fruit sweet flavors get stronger and stronger. A light bit of a boozy taste as well as some flavors of vanilla work their way onto the tongue at the end, and with a little resurgence of the coffee, end up leaving one with a dark and robust roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the dark roasted flavors mixed with the blend of sweet and the higher abv. the feel is right on and makes this one a slow sipper as it is meant to be.
Overall – A quite tasty and enjoyable Imperial stout. It has a good blend of sweet, roast, and booze to maintain a good drinkability but yet keep you in check all while bathing the tongue with a whole lot of flavor.
jake65 (2848) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting. Deep dark brown with a thin brown cap. Nose is sweet, followed by a little smoke and dark fruit. A little sweet and smoky, feels like some anise, and fruity yeast. Decent roast and overall a middleweight body. Ok, but not really my style.
connor0415 (47) - - APR 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2015 2012 vintage drank in 2015Smells like dark chocolate, esspresso, honey and pear. Tastes like dark chocolate with a bitterness on the tongue at first but then a sweet honey oxidized taste comes in and you get a bit of pear and cherry. The mouthfeel is oily and thick with a good bit of carbonation. Overall it?s a great russian imperial stout made better with age
nihtila (1352) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
19.1.2015. Aroma of cacao, dried fruits, slight espresso, slight smoke. Taste is sweet, molasses, cacao, almost like feeling the fine cacao powder in your mouth, chocolate. Decent but taste is too much about molasses.
Gerbeer (2212) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a very dark brown - almost black - with moderate tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, roasted malts, creamy coffee, and a little bit of cola. Flavors of black coffee, dark bitter chocolate and dry roasted barley. Maybe some nuttiness. Really dry though ABV is noticeable. Great stuff.
Dodgrblu (659) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ten ounce pour at Pangaea, thin, mocha, disappearing head, roasted, crisp. bitter finish.
VinegarStroke (319) - Napa, California, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on St Patrick’s. Very dense. Medium to light head with a light lace. Very dense inky aroma. Roasted coffee, cocoa, black prunes and a hint of mocha. Off dry, not sour and medium bitterness. The palate is saturated with flavor. So dense and rich and dark. Coffee, toffee, chocolate cake and ice cream all in one. Very rich and moreish. There are also vinous character about the palate. Prune also
An amazing surprise. I expected something commercial and it’s certainly not that.
HonusWagner (1682) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty as hell, some molasses, medium sweetness. It’s a little fruity and basically a defining RIS even if it’s far from perfect.
Stuu666 (5597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is coffee, chocolate, liquorice, taste is delicious, thick, sweet.
jeremyh70 (841) - Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown color with just a hint of chestnut at the edges. Has a small tan head that settles to a tight ring and leaves decent lacing. I get dark bread first in the aroma followed by a bit of blackstrap molasses, dusty leather and just a bit of pleasant papery oxidation. Brought to mind a study with leather chairs and old books on wooden shelves. The taste also has dark bread along with licorice, some espresso and leather. There’s also a smooth roasty bitterness that lingers and a hint of dark chocolate in the dry finish. The body is on the top end of medium with low to moderate carbonation. This is what I imagine the original RIS tasting like. Enjoyed drinking and contemplating this beer.