afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle shared by BeerGestapo, thanks Mike. As soon as I loosened the bailing the cork and cage shot off like a rocket, narrowly avoiding blinding me, and putting a dent in my ceiling. Pours dark brown with a humongous tan head. The smell is that of brattanomyces, funky and wild, with some roasty notes underneath and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is funky, earthy, alcohol, bitter, wood, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very dry with a lot of carbonation. Overall very strange and it loses a point for almost killing me.
Fashawn (166) - Montesarchio, ITALY - NOV 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imbottigliata il 27/02/2013 l, si presenta nero impenetrabile abbastanza ferma, con una schiuma impenetrabile destinata a scomparire velocemente lasciando il classico pizzo intorno al bicchiere. Presenta un aroma complesso ed abbastanza duraturo. Castagne e prugne, tanto cacao ed un po’ di liquirizia, e naturalmente caffè. In bocca subito note Du cacao in polvere , un po, di cioccolatini dolci ricoperti da polvere di cacao, qualche prugna e finale dove emerge il caffè. Una volta giù è bello il corpo che si avverte, ed il retrogusto ancora amarognolo del caffè che ora concede tocchi vanigliato, ora concede tratti di caldarroste e prugne. Il corpo come detto è buono ed al palato è oleosa, quasi piena. Si fa sorseggiare con calma. Splendido il ritorno retroolfattivo, mentre bevi gli odori sono veramente armoniosi. È una ottima imperial stout, de molen non ha una produzione sempre esemplare ma ho pescato il lotto giusto. Birra ottima specie per meditare.
Bozo_skeleton (555) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Noire dense, collet epais de fines bulles mais fuyant.
Aromes bien marque sur la torrefaction, gateau au chocolat, café, reglisse.
Enveloppante et ronde, le malt torrefie marque bien sa présence. Amertume sur la finale lui donne une belle longueur.
suurjuust (1141) - ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by martjoobolut, thanks!
Bottled on 15. may 2009, opened on 7. november 2014.
Brown to black beer, almost no head to speak of. Nose is caramel, wooden bitterness, dried fruit, raisins, roast, vanilla, touch of coffee and chocolate. The aging is apparent in the flavor, it’s smooth and blended, a touch oxidized, more woody bitterness, almost like peat, dried fruit, roast, chocolate, licorice. Flat carbonation, full bodied and syrupy.
brianza_ale (136) - ITALY - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl teku. Pours a beige, dense and thick, quite very small head which slowly grew; darkest brown to black colour. Very nice roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, bit dessert/vanilla aroma. Tastes quite much on the dark malts side rather than the hops, chocolate, roasted, bit spicy and yeasty, some coffee and licorice hints. You can’t almost distinguish the sweet / bitter notes, cause it’s well balanced and well "blended". The moderate sweetness suddenly changes into an almost "refreshing" mild bitter note. Medium bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation, not very persistent, leaves your palate clean and ready for the next sip. I was really astonished by the drinkability of this thing, especially considering the +10 %; not the most complex, but maybe one of the best Imp Stout I’ve ever had, smooth and balanced; a belgian style IS. Highly reccomended, I would also suggest this to ones who don’t normally like imp stouts
BobyFischer (65) - FRANCE - NOV 6, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Une Stout impériale russe à parfaite maturité.Chocolat, caramel, fruits secs (pruneaux, abricots, dattes), guimauve, malts torréfiés à point et indécemment houblonnée à loisir.
oliodnb (370) - ITALY - NOV 5, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
75cl bottle. Almost surely a spoiled bottle. Color is cola brown instead of black, non-existent head instead of the expected thick beige one. Aroma of roasted malts and red fruits with a strange vinous character character. Taste starts with similar flavors and a strange sour finish. Unlucky me.
Zakoon (85) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and some vinous notes. Flavour is medium sweet, body is full, oily texture and low carbonation. Finish is roasted malt and dried fruit.
Tide (1828) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a friend. Hazy brown color, beige head. Bitter taste with chocolate, coffee, hops, ripe fruits, malts and nuts. Bitter finish with citrus, coffee, nuts and chocolate. Very nice brew.
RW80 (701) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 33cl bottle
Appearance: Dark brown with a small brown foamy head.
Aroma: Chocolate and yeast, barley malts, plums, molases and light chocolate.
Taste: Starts with sweet plums and cherries. Then a more bitter phase with a bit of chocolate but also a earthy wooden bitterness and some roasted malts. Aftert that the fruity tones and molases come subdued back with a hint of alcohol to finish it off.
medium smooth body Perfectly well carbonated.
September 2011 bottled.
Stay away from the september 2012 bottles they are off. (night and day difference. !)
UrbanCaveman (54) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 65 degrees F.
A: Pours a dark brown with black highlights, unlike the black with dark brown highlights seen in some other RIS beers. Formed almost no head at all, and what did form died into a pale tan ring in short order. Lacing was not present whatsoever, save for a small patch here and there that slid back down into the brew.
S: I actually got hints of the smell from arm’s length away during the pour. Boozy sweet molasses with toffee and plums are the order of the day, with bits of chocolate and maple (wood and syrup).
T: Sweet and boozy indeed, drinking like a Scotch and Coke. Plums and cherries come swirling out of the darkness, astride molasses and toffee steeds with saddles of maple wood. The sweetness takes over until the finish, which is a brief burst of earthen-wooden bitterness before fading into a lingering plummy-molasses sweetness. The alcohol heat seems confined to the front of the taste, as opposed to showing at the finish.
M: Creamy, is the best word I can think of here. It isn’t particularly thick, but smooth, and feels as though one can "fold" it briefly with the tongue without quite being chewy.
O: While I enjoy the sweetness and the relative paucity of hops, I do not enjoy this one quite so much as its fellow RIS in the naming dispute. If I were to seek out another sweet, plummy RIS experience, I’d likely go with the Mikkeller Black Hole.