NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
An opaque black body rests beneath a short head of very dark tan foam. The retention is very good, and it slowly drops to a wide creamy collar and lacy surface covering that leaves rings of sticky lace with each sip. The nose is fruit, dark chocolate, and roastiness. The body is medium bordering on full, and its fine-bubbled carbonation lends a subtly crisp tingle to the tongue before smoothing. The flavor delivers an incredibly rich, bittersweet chocolate and espresso-like maltiness that's laced with dark and red fruits and piney hops. The alcohol is well-hidden in the aroma and flavor, but its ghost appears at the back of the throat after its gone. It finishes quite dry with some lingering, residual burnt-chocolate character.
jgb9348 (4025) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 Vintage Bottle, Purchased 30 July 2011, Sampled 15 February 2013
Deep pitch black coloured head with a thin, fast-dying light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, anise, fennel, nuts, caramel, vanilla, oak and a bit of prunes. Full-bodied; Strong roasty malt flavour with some coffee, nuts, caramel and a lot of anise and licorice flavours. Aftertaste shows some alcohol burn, a hint of peat and smoked flavours with a prolonged caramelised sugar flavour and a bit more alcohol. Overall, a strong and roasty beer with some good imperial stout flavours, but perhaps a bit too much alcohol burn and not enough complexity - especially after three years. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 30-July-2011 for US$9.00 sampled at home in Washington on 15-February-2013.
Huhzubendah (2005) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.
Really a fabulous appearance. Black as night with a half inch of dense, khaki colored heíd that plasters the pint glass with sticky lace ringlets.
The aroma offers a nice balance of roast, chocolate, and coffee.
The flavor is also well balanced, with a pronounced coffee/roast bitterness in the finish.
Alcohol content is hidden quite well. Not particularly viscous or palate coating, but rather, easy to drink. Maybe too easy, considering this is an 8% abv stout.
Overall, a solid beer from a local brewery. Recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-17-2012
Derek881 (869) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had a 4oz sample of this beer at the 2012 Frederick Beer Festival. The beer had a dark brown/black color with a creamy dark tan head with average size and retention, and light cling. The aroma featured a toasty sweet chocolate malt scent along with caramel and a bit of toffee, to go with some slight earthy hops. Its taste was sweet with notes of chocolate and some coffee, along with caramel, toffee, and a slight bitterness. It was a creamy, fairly wet, smooth beer with high carbonation and a lively, full mouthfeel,
MadRobin (1061) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 4 oz. sample at Maryland Craft Beer Festival 2012.
Opaque, black brown with brown head and good lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, toffee and roasted grain.
Taste of toasted malt, toffee, raisins, figs other dark fruit and molasses with enough bitter hops in the finish to offset the sweetness.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
A fairly sweet, but very well-balanced, big stout.
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changeup45 (1575) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from lukin013. Black color; a vigorous pour produces a thick tan head with a thin layer lasting most of the way. The aroma is ashy, with vanilla, dark fruit, sheet rock, and mocha. This is rich and creamy; vanilla cream and dark chocolate flavors stick out at first with rosted malt and roasty bitter coffee finishing this off. Thereís a nice balance between the sweetness and bitter roast flavors. This is a borderline Imperial, but I like it that way. Itís drinkable without sacrificing flavor. In fact, Iím glad itís not any stronger than it is. Good beer!
nickd717 (3396) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber via trade. Black in color with a small brown head. The aroma is nice and well-balanced with coffee, dark chocolate, roast, and sweet maltiness. Good balanced flavor as well. Roasty and chocolatey with a good medium level of sweetness, sharp espresso notes, bitterness, and mild booze. Medium-full bodied and very slick on the mouthfeel with lower carbonation. Very good imperial stout overall, although it doesnít have the polish and complexity of the best.
Ret12 (404) - Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was delicious, tons of flavor with a smooth chocolate malt backbone, nice and velvty this beer will be enjoyed by all stout fans.
sonnycheeba (1980) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours deep, dark brown with frothy tan head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Flavor matches the nose, but is balanced by light, earthy hops; dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22 oz. bottle (2010) from Jasonís) Pours very, very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Mouthfeel thick, smooth, creamy. Flavor of chocolate, lots of coffee roast and molasses. A little hot, esp. in the finish. A nice, thick imp. stout.
superspak (1534) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle date but this is a winter release so it must be pushing a year old. Pours dark as night with a fairly dense 1 finger tan head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings all around the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, smoked wood, and a bit of dark fruit. Some very nice and interesting aromas for an RIS here, nice balance as well. Taste of tons of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, wood, caramel, and light dark fruits. Good amount of coffee-like bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, and wood for a decent amount of time. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly nice and creamy mouthfeel that drinks smoothly for the level of alcohol. Alcohol is nicely hidden as well, didnít really notice anything other than a slight warming on the finish. Overall this was an excellent and unique Russian Imperial Stout. Tons of nice complexity and balance.