llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black in color... so dark in fact light barely penetrates. Thick caramel colored head. Lovely roasted coffee and dark cocoa nose. Fig and raisin flavors upfront followed by an immediate taste of dark chocolate liquer, smoke and espresso. Overall, this is fairly tasty. I probably should have let this age a bit more but I really wanted to tase it.
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #2152 - 2015.11.05 - Sampled at Willow Park Beer Bash - Big bubbly black pour with a tan head that erupts from an aggressive pour. Aroma is heavy roast malt, caramel,mild vanilla. Taste is roast malt espressoey bitterness, medium-heavy alcohol character, but well tempered with the luxurious toffee sweetness. Impressive.
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2016 Bottle 275ml (2013) - cellared for 3 years. Served at cellar temperature. Pours extremely dark brown (virtually black). Head is small, tanned, and is mostly lasting. Aroma is rich and malty; toasted white bread, burnt chocolate, brownies, prunes, dried currants, burnt brown sugar, soft liquorice, treacle, and leather. Flavour is smooth and complex with a light-to-medium roasted/earthy hop bitterness; roasted barley, salted liquorice, dark raisin chocolate, prunes (light), strong black coffee, soil, charcoal/smoke and notes of burlap in the finish. Full bodied with very soft carbonation, an oily texture and an extremely long, warming, progressive finish. A VERY big, yet somehow refined Imperial Stout.
Tstamba (748) - Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to a pint. Pours black with thin mocha head. Toffee and espresso notes. Full flavor, rich dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, some oakiness... The original RIS... Excellent...
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sound67 (702) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 275ml. *** Colour: Pitch black, with a small, creamy beige head. ***
Nose: Strong aroma of milk chocolate, licorice, some roasted malt, altogether sweetish. And alcohol!. ***
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy, very soft carbonation. ***
Taste: Intense licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, brandy at the outset. In the middle the sweetness evaporates, dark cocoa dominates the palate. Dark Chocolate and burnt malts in the finish, aftertaste is sweet again, of licorice and coffee malt. ***
Impressions: Intense flavours in this imperial stout which alternates between sweet and bitter notes. A great desert, certainly, but the string sweetness may not be everybody’s cup of tea. But a very good strong stout nonetheless, though I would slightly prefer Samuel Smith’s Imperial Russian Stout.
Highm (2) - USA - AUG 31, 2016 does not count
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A good, decent stout. Full flavored. A light coffee taste. Little sweet. Almost bourbon barrel taste. B minus.
TEJA (2444) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Johan Schultz thanks. Short light brown head. Clear dark brown color. Rubber aroma with some roasted malty aroma. Mild bitterness and chocolate taste. Balanced bitterness and well fermented beer to give a good imp stout.
Iznogud (2614) - CROATIA - JUL 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 275 ml from Pivoteka. Courtesy of and shared with JFK10000. Pours dark brown, brownish head. Sweet, milk chocolate, licorice, smooth, some vanilla. Finishes bitter. Nice one.
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A 0.275 l bottle. It poured almost black, red hued body with a small brown head. Strong aroma of licorice, roasted malts like coffee and cocoa with some sweeter fruity notes. Flavor was lightly sweet, also a bit bitter, all from roasted malts where the coffee dominated. Cocoa, brown sugar, some licorice made it up as well. Medium complexity, I thought it would be higher. Medium body with longer, sourish coffee finish. Okay, a correct and enjoyable imperial stout, although quite an average or sub-par one. Also overpriced.
Tognetta (740) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2016 Totalmente negra, turva, espuma marrom cremosa de média formação e boa persistência. No aroma mais chocolate, avelã, nozes, malte intenso. Torrado aparece mais no paladar mas de média intensidade, mantém o equilíbrio com o dulçor médio/intenso. Corpo licoroso, média carbonataçao para o estilo. Final de média/longa persistência mantém o equilíbrio do dulçor achocolatado,cacau, toffe em menor intensidade. Muito boa, mas não chega a ser uma referência no estilo.
mkel07 (5221) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from The Wine Emporium 101116. Little bottle that packs a big punch. Holds the alcohol really well and you wouldn’t know that that was a 10% ABV beer by just drinking it. Dark and deliscous with everything that is good about beer packaged into this one bottle.