raradel (334) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let this one warm up a little, maybe 45-50 degrees, Really opens up! This is a really great fusion beer that you respect a lot once you understand the process. Sweet for the style, but really well balanced by the roasted malt. Smooth and complex, one of the really good ones!
seymour (1388) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at Gregís honey-themed beer gathering, thanks for sharing Tony. It poured an opaque, very dark brown colour with short-lived tan foam. True-to-style Russian Imperial Stout aromas and flavours: caramelly, roasty, VERY toasty, with a very dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, well-concealed alcohol. I donít know what gesho root is, nor what it mightíve added to this brew. Well-crafted and tasty, but I canít help but think itís a bit over-hyped like so many Dogfish Head releases.
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a small dense burnt orange head. The aroma has lots of caramel, some honey, smooth roast, dark fruit and a very clean and creamy aspect to the notes. It has a pretty full mouthfeel with some grainy feel and some minor carbonation. The flavor starts fairly dry with dark chocolate, alcohol warmth, mild honey, some anise and hints of hay. The finish has a cracker and roastiness added. Interesting beer & enjoyable.
gregwilsonstl (1023) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite chocolatey. Jet black. Sweet. Kinda thin. Smooth and tasty. Surprised at alcohol. Thanks tony b.
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a very thin ring of chocolate mocha head. Very sticky lacing. Aroma is very roasty and chocolatey. A great vanilla undertone mixed with some dark fruits, a lot of raisin. Very creamy. Almost like chocolate/coffee milk. Once again, a lot of roast and dark fruits. Smooth, with a slight bitter finish. Really enjoyed this one.
jb (2143) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was exquisite and meant it to be my 100th IS, bottle share from Ron, thanks Ron! Turns out the one before snuck into the 100th. Dark with tan head, no visible highlights or any light through the murk. Great nose, nutty, spicey, fruity and chocolate with a hint of espresso. Chewy thick full palate, smoke, chocolate reside there among other things. Delicate, well balanced, oh so good.
allmyvinyl (2792) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from the states, courtesy of Anthony at the brew night, consumed whilst listening to the complete sessions. Quite a big deal getting this in the UK since dogfish stopped exporting. Pours dark brown with a long-lasting beige head. Aromas of roasted malt, spice, something vinous, brown sugar and chocolate, lots going on. Taste is dark fruit and roasted, spicy bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, bitter chocolate finish. Lovely.
Dr_MedievAle (133) - Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma: toasted pumpernickel, charbucks coffee
appearance: thick and creamy mocha head. great retention; not much lacing. pours dark brown motor oil.
taste: bitter chocolate, tree bark give way to a VERY astringent chemical cleaner taste.
palate: smooth mouthfeel; good carbo for being this long in the bottle. bitter and long lasting finish.
Busick (350) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid Imperial Stout that all craft beer lovers have to have.....not a "White Whale" but close!
DrewFace (702) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle leftovers thanks to beechner224. Very deep dark blackish pour, fairly thick. Roasty, mildly sweet, smooth chocolate malt aroma. Very roasty flavor, astringent, some chocolate follows and lingers through the finish. No notable honey character. Mild oxidation.
mackRIS (20) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap pours jet black with great head that fades and great lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and roast. Taste is coffee, some sweet bitterness, roast.