Nsanders (257) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Near black with a thick mocha colored head. Smells like rich chocolate, alcohol, smoked wood, and cream; you can smell it at armís length upon opening. The flavor is sweet and dessert like at first, but is countered by a strong bitterness. The body is heavy with a creamy texture. Delicious. I was worried when i saw this was from Itah, but it is so good, you could have it for dessert.
superspak (1536) - Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got in a trade with swingracex. 25 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/27/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, char, roasted malt, raisin, molasses, caramel, licorice, toast, floral, clove, oak, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, molasses, caramel, raisin, licorice, floral, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, raisin, molasses, toast, caramel, oak, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of deep roast with dark malt flavors and a fair amount of oak presence; with huge robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial stout! Huge complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors with moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Lubiere (8335) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thin lacing brown head. In aroma, dark fruits macerated in sweet chocolate, maraschino cherries, and smooth alcohol. In mouth, a sweet fruity chocolate with musty notes, cherry blossoms, coffee notes, and alcohol warmth.
joeleaux (5) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - JUN 7, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It poured a beautiful opaque brown/black with a finger or so of rich, thick creamy head. Some quick sniffs revealed roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, earthy hops, caramel, molasses and smoke. The first sip exploded with toffee, caramel, dark roasted malts, molasses and dark fruits Ė not to mention a creamy mouthfeel that was just out of this world. It finished with a lot of bitterness, roast and chocolate. Superb stuff, really really, good stuff.
beerbaaron (416) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with big rich brown head head with big time retention and lots of sticky lace. Aroma is roasty, cocoa, figs..something I cant put my finger on that I didnít really care for, or maybe just the oak aging is throwing me. Flavor is thankfully complex and satisfying. Full body. Sticky and creamy. Sweet and roasting with a great oak-aged character. Some alcohol warming in the bittersweet finish.
MarinEvelyn (157) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful aroma-oatmeal, chocolate, malts, something calming and sweet. Roasted.
Taste-dark chocolate, strong roastyness,
umich03jm (984) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2013 Bomber from trade with crajun. Bottled 3/27/12. Pour pitch black with a small head that fades quickly. Grabs the glass nicely. Aroma is a little faint for an RIS but really good. Fudge, dark roast, tobacco, raisins, light licorice, caramel, and light alcohol. Taste is very roasty, even slightly burnt. Lots of fudge and caramel too. Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Finish is smooth and creamy with some tobacco and light licorice too. Light warming and very light burn. Pretty thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good RIS that should age very well too.
drjay44 (2158) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oz. bottle. Bottled 11/26/12. Pours a thick, well retained beige head, with slight lacing, over a black brown (SRM 40) body.....nose is heavy coffee, chocolate, hints of plum, raisin......taste is coffee, chocolate, light plum, raisin, finishing with a roasted coffee, hop bitterness.....mouth feel medium, slightly chewy, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation low. This is a typical Imperial Stout with all the usual suspects in both aroma and flavor. It is somewhat light on complexity as the heavy roasted malts dominate overmuch. A shorter boil and the use of more caramel/crystal malts would have been helpful. A final small complaint, the O.G. at 27 Plato is 1.115 not 1.108. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
savnac (2126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Dark brown almost black with a small creamy tan head. Big aroma is bitter cocoa, licorice, molasses, black malt and alcohol. Flavor is roasty bitter black malt, licorice, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol presence. Fullish body with a soft, slick mouth feel. This one is very strong and bitter, lots of dark black malt. Iím usually not a fan of black licorice but it works pretty good in this one.
mnurda (972) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft sample at the public house in Las Vegas. First taste was very surprising. Took a couple of sips to embrace the licorice root molasses etc A fantastic beer.
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Skykwby (18) - Texas, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hay market Houston. Black as night pour, slight foam head. Coffee, licorice aroma, sweet. First sip coffee, chocolate, but clean. Can tell its strong but not overpowering. Very enjoyable.
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