rangerred (987) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
275ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled in May 2011.
Pours pitch black with a dark tan half finger head that is pretty fizzy and quick to fade. Head retention and lacing are both lacking with just a ring left around the top of the beer.
The aroma has much more of a fruity character than other RIS I have had. Lots of dark fruit and licorice that really reminds me of many English ales, just on a stronger level. Really not much roast at all just a lot of fruit and yeasty esters. It works, though, and nothing is offensive whatsoever.
The flavor is where this beer really shines. Much like the aroma, dark fruity esters dominate at first. Somewhat sweet with quite a bit of yeast character. Not extremely impressive but about halfway through the taste, something magical happens. Almost out of nowhere tons of roast comes shooting in along with some coffee and dark chocolate. This marries magically with the dark fruit leading to an intensely complex finish. Moderate bitterness with a lot less sweetness than many other RIS with a pretty dry finish.
Overall, probably the best RIS I have had. Extremely complex flavors and an absolutely amazing mouthfeel with alcohol being extremely well hidden. A definite world class beer.
nihtila (1124) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
19.1.2015. Aroma of cacao, dried fruits, slight espresso, slight smoke. Taste is sweet, molasses, cacao, almost like feeling the fine cacao powder in your mouth, chocolate. Decent but taste is too much about molasses.
Gerbeer (2162) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a very dark brown - almost black - with moderate tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, roasted malts, creamy coffee, and a little bit of cola. Flavors of black coffee, dark bitter chocolate and dry roasted barley. Maybe some nuttiness. Really dry though ABV is noticeable. Great stuff.
Dodgrblu (653) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ten ounce pour at Pangaea, thin, mocha, disappearing head, roasted, crisp. bitter finish.
VinegarStroke (314) - Napa, California, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on St Patrick’s. Very dense. Medium to light head with a light lace. Very dense inky aroma. Roasted coffee, cocoa, black prunes and a hint of mocha. Off dry, not sour and medium bitterness. The palate is saturated with flavor. So dense and rich and dark. Coffee, toffee, chocolate cake and ice cream all in one. Very rich and moreish. There are also vinous character about the palate. Prune also
An amazing surprise. I expected something commercial and it’s certainly not that.
HonusWagner (1680) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty as hell, some molasses, medium sweetness. It’s a little fruity and basically a defining RIS even if it’s far from perfect.
Stuu666 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is coffee, chocolate, liquorice, taste is delicious, thick, sweet.
jeremyh70 (831) - Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown color with just a hint of chestnut at the edges. Has a small tan head that settles to a tight ring and leaves decent lacing. I get dark bread first in the aroma followed by a bit of blackstrap molasses, dusty leather and just a bit of pleasant papery oxidation. Brought to mind a study with leather chairs and old books on wooden shelves. The taste also has dark bread along with licorice, some espresso and leather. There’s also a smooth roasty bitterness that lingers and a hint of dark chocolate in the dry finish. The body is on the top end of medium with low to moderate carbonation. This is what I imagine the original RIS tasting like. Enjoyed drinking and contemplating this beer.
Maakun (1067) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle thanks to olliejobbins. Black with rich beige head. Black chocolate, rich roasted malts, light spices with cinnamon and speculaas, marzipan, marmelade. Sweet with light bitterness throughout and a light fruity tartness towards the finish. Full rich bodied with creamy feel. This is better than a lot of imperial stouts with added coffee or strong barrel aged character. Really good.
UXO (591) - CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours sold black with one finger of dense tan head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Nose is roasty malts, chocolate and coffee, molasses, pear, vinous notes, slight smoke. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mildly bitter finish. (4/5)
A big yet not overwhelming brew. The double-digit ABV is fairly well-integrated, and is apparent only a a mild warming. The slight smokiness plays well with the dark toasted malt flavours, tempering the intensity of the molasses. Feels like it would cellar very well, even though the ABV is not overly hot. (16/20)
MarkoNm (1021) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black color, topped with a small tan colored head. Roasted malts in the aroma, some notes of chocolate and coffee as well, although the later very mild. Taste is sweet, notes of molasses and fairly strong presence of coffee taste, and a mild bittery feel. Creamy and filling, storng taste although you don’t really feel its 10%. Nice.