Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from BG Birra, served in a snifter glass. Pitch black, absolutely no light passing through, with an average, lasting, light beige head. Intriguing and unique aroma, notes of vanilla, licorice, Starbucks coffee, slightly meaty and smoky. A hint of wood as well. Same notes emerging in the mouth, definitely woody with a trace of leather, not much whiskey to speak of, moderately sweet and chocolaty. Not as coffee forward as the aroma indicates. Slightly dry and rooty, roasted and ashy finish. Very soft carbonation, medium body (perhaps too light for the style), oily texture. Not your typical RIS, but I enjoyed it.
Lele (425) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 10, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
ASPETTO: Nero impenetrabile, schiuma marroncina, abbondante, fine e persistente. AROMA: affumiacato, caffè, tostato, cacao, leggero liquoroso. Intenso e gradevolissimo. GUSTO: si sentono tutti i sentori avvertiti al naso, ben combinati tra loro. Alla fine, un leggerissima amaro erbaceo che si aggiunge a quello tostato. La birra è comunque equilibratissima. Birra veramente fenomenale!
IlGagario (115) - Modena, ITALY - APR 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un rapido commento...Colore bruno impenetrabile. Bella testa stile stout irlandese, colore bianco navajo, densa, da lattica a pannosa. Ottimo ed intenso naso maltato tostato e affumicato. Carbonazione da flat a soffice. Aroma complesso, morbido, maltato, con caffè, biscotto, cioccolata e liquirizia, poi smoked in stile Bamberga di finissima fattura, con legno, leggera torba e cuoio. Corpo più che medio, trama oleosa. Rotonda e accessibile, è un po’ troppo mordiba e leggera se qualificata come russian imperial stout, ma siamo comunque di fronte ad una birra meravigliosa!
uckelman (635) - Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a bit of particulate matter. Minimal, oily head. Aroma is lightly smoky. Medium to light body. Bitter finish, where the coffee becomes evident. Nice.
sarauckelman (408) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark reddish brown, with only a scum of bubbles for head. Strong coffee aroma. Taste is coffee, very bitter coffee, almost ending in grass/straw. The palate is a bit acerbic. Would have been better if just a tad sweeter.
caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (cant remember where I got it), probably 2 or 3 years old, large sample, served in a snifter. Dark brown color, medium frothy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, slight smoke, bit coffee, bacon, mocha. Bit sweet in taste, some bitterness, slight smokey and dry, some peat. Soft to medium carbonation, medium body. Coffee and peated smoke or not that present in aroma (anymore?), but more in taste. Both are quite subtle. Just in the finish its a bit sharpish and even slight alcoholic for just 8%. Also, coffee bitterness comes through more in the finish. I like the subtlety of the ingredients, balance could be slightly better as well as complexity, but I like that its not too bold and aggressive.
laiti (8069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, Amsterdam. No BBE info
Aroma has cocoa, dark chocolate, salty licorice and some soy sauce. The cocoa is quite intensive. Flavour has soy sauce, somewhat salty licorice, vanilla and strong cocoa notes. The whiskey or espresso notes are difficult to find; the whiskey is perhaps in the background with sweet and alcoholic tones. Quite high drinkability for an IS, I like the cocoa here. Perhaps this could work even better for me without the whiskey malts.
RW80 (2015) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Clear dark black brown color with a large creamy, head which leaves a nice amount of lacing
Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, light smoke., light burned rubber
Tase: Slightly above moderate sweet and bitter. Roasted mals, coffee, barleys, liquorice, r, caramel, some spices, hint of dark fruits and some smoke and some burned rubber.,
Medium body, soft carbonation,oily texture.
While not a fan of he smoke and burned rubber notes as well as well as some tastes go over a bit harsch into each other.
kingstoni (1961) - FINLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black color with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of peat, coffee, smoke and licorice. Bitter taste with some sweetness. Medium body.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Beerhunter111 (17008) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, schokoladig. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee.