rangerred (971) - 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.
MadIndian (2465) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle gift from Knackers. Nice notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, Earth and smoke. Body was medium. Well done.
kkleu357 (388) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black body. Big aroma of toastyness and sweets. Taste is mostly molasses. A little too much for my liking. It’s ok.
HenriqueBraga (106) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Negra, espuma bege clara. Boa persistência de espuma. Aromas de malte torrado, toffee, café, cacau, açúcar mascavo e álcool. Corpo bem alto, sabor de café, tostado, equilibrado. Boa carbonatação. Amargor crescente da tosta e persistente. Aftertaste amargo, doce, seco, sutíl acidez.
Satyroneto (152) - BRAZIL - JAN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cor negra com espuma marrom amarelada (capuccino) de altas formação e permanência com excelente lacing;
Aroma de chocolate ao leite, licor de café e um surpreendente frutado de pêra;
Sabor de início de café e chocolate com final amadeirado e alcoólico e leve dulçor frutado; retrogosto persistente alcoólico e amadeirado que aquece a boca;
Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonatação.
Welley_Alves (223) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courage Russian Imperial Stout. Imperial Stout inglesa que, segundo a cervejaria, replica a receita original desse estilo, feita para a czarina russa Catarina, a Grande, no século XVIII. Fiel ao estilo, com perfil mais seco do que as RIS americanas. Frutado tipicamente inglês, lembrando frutas escuras, cassis, uva-passa. Notas de chocolate e café amargo, com final seco e álcool bem inserido nos seus 10% de ABV. Ótima breja!
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Cruzer (67) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong malty aroma, with hints of chocolate and fruit. Smooth smokey fruity taste, with a nutty aftertaste.
Fukito (814) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with a creamy beige/ creme head. Aroma is molasses with some burnt caramel and mineral yeastiness. Flavor is burnt coffee, molasses, some prunes and dark chocolate aftertastem, really nice. Medium palate, really drinkable and complex. Not as good as the classic, but very solid nonetheless.
zimbo (618) - SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 I’ve been avoiding this beer for a couple of yours now. Not because I didn’t want to try it but I feared it would not live up to how it last tasted back 1994. But I just couldn’t contain myself.
And it started well. The nose has that dank damp concrete quality typical of this beer when fresh and brewed at John Smith’s in Yorkshire. On the palate its a bit Sweeter and richer than it once was which os no bad thing and it coats the inside of your mouth with a light austere bitterness. Still as potent as ever too.
Has lost some its complexity, dimension and individuality since last brewed in 1992 but it could have been far worse. Still, because this beer is built for long term aging, like a big tannic fine wine, it won’t really won’t show its hand for some time. But this is where it is at the moment. I expect big things down the line.
edsspoon (571) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - opaque black with a fizzy dark brown head which lasts a good while. Aroma is loads of chocolate, light roasted malt and notes of vanilla. Taste is sweet malts, roasted and vanilla with loads of chocolate again. Light bitterness on the finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, incredibly well balanced.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[5946-20131019] Cask. Sour roasted malt grain aroma. Black body with a quick bubbly tan head. Boozy roasted grains and woody malt flavour. Full body. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(Cask Days 2013 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)