mjs (4277) - Helsinki, - 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.
Beerman6686 (3892) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a darker brown wih A tanhead. Aroma was of licorice, smoke, and dark chcolate. Flavor was similar, more on the brown side, not deep dark roast, but chocolate and caramel.
PriorL (1279) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from Mathieu87. THX
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam.
NOSE: alcohol, coffee, sweet.
TASTE: alcohol, sweet, liquorice, mocha, vanilla.
JoshAWaddell (33) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of coffee and malts, maybe a hint of dark fruit. Pours almost black with small tan head. Tastes of malts, coffe and strong alcohol. They did not hide the alcohol nearly enough. Still, a decent beer. I recommend Founders, Oskar Blues Ten FIDY and even Breckenridge 72 for Imperial Stouts over this beer.
tenninjas (2) - - APR 12, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong and dark, with a faintly sweet aroma. Aftertaste reminiscent of coffee, great pair for a philly chicken.
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Caskalefan (142) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very complex aroma and flavor of walnut/pecan, pears in brandy, campfire, dried fruit with a hint of green olive, roast coffee and cream, vanilla and figs.
Finish is quite lengthy, and the overall effect is elegant, layered and restrained, while at the same time ebullient.
A marvelous tribute to the granddaddy of all Imperial Russian Stouts.
ajnepple (1685) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small pour at Falling Rock (keg kicked). Black appearance, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cream, coffee and roasted malts. Similar flavor, adding a touch of dark fruits, earthy hops and smoke. Smooth and creamy.
CardsFan25 (54) - - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with about an inch and a half of head from a vintage 2012 bottle. Very smooth pear, fig, chocolate, and malt taste. Great beer!
BenH (2022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is full of muscovado, licorice, molasses and some dark chocolate. Taste is similar, licorice and dark chocolate that makes way for a very roasty finish. Full bodied, sweet and bitter. Delish. 2000th rate
Niall73 (1055) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2012 vintage. Big sweet dark fruit aroma - figs, raisins. Malt cake, some booze, very rich... a little soy meatiness come in quite quickly after 5 mins or so. Medium to full body, mild carbonation. Dark toffee, light liquorice, rum, raisins, coffee cake, some woody resin... Tasty.
jamestulloch (1055) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Black body with a thick tan head. Great lacing. Overly rich aroma of chocolate cake, charcoal, liquorice, dark chocolate, liqueur and vanilla. Sweet flavour of prunes, dark chocolate and furniture polish. Medium to full body with a powdery mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden but the flavour is simply too sweet, rich and cloying for my liking. I feel it lacks a bitter, tangy hop balance to counteract the heavy malt character.