tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2015 Tap @ Dragonmead: Black-hole black with just about no head. Roasted malts, burnt coffee beans, mild licorice, bittersweet cocoa, and some residual sweetness in the aroma. Malty bomb with lots of coffee bean, anise, licorice, and chocolatey sweet flavors on the palate. Slight ashy and leafy in the finish, mildly bitter from the intense roast. Oily, not as thick as I want it to be. A "safe" RIS. Not bad, though.
arminjewell (8675) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, thick brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, hints of chewy dark fruits into a bit of coffee, slight caramel into a bit of grassy hops. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, some roast, coffee, nice dark cocoa, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.
flatmatt (1289) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler pour. Pours black with a brown head. Roasty cocoa aroma, creamy, with a touch of anise. Cocoa roasty coffee flavor, a bit smoky. Not all that complex, but pretty good.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dragonmead Brewpub. Midnight brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and some sweet chocolate and licorice underneath. Taste of dark-roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee and mild alcohol. Semi-chalky on the finish.
Dogbrick (9661) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. Pours brownish-black with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Medium body with a roasty character of malt and coffee. Notes of mild hops and brown sugar in the background. The finish is charred malt and coffee. Decent, albeit lighter Imperial Stout overall.
mikem409 (1859) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark brown with nice head aroma of nuts and sugar taste is slight burnt coffee and roasted nuts
strongpieman (1601) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Aroma is roasted but to a point of burnt tones. Deep black color with a thin head. Smooth with bitter coffee finish.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
draft... called the Russian Imperial stout on the menu but they have the same abv so I assume its the same.... this is super watery stout, a bit of char and chocolate to it but a below average ris for sure
JaBier (5652) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Dragonmead on 7/23/11. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of roast, dark fruit and chocolate. Flavor starts malty with chocolate before a roasty coffee finish.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at MBGSF 2010. Super smoky. Not really that roasty, maybe it could be a porter, maybe. Not bad though.