harrymel (1550) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice oiled leather brown with little foam formation. Rich smells of cocoa, vanilla, nougat, toasted sugars, hints of oak nad caramel. A nice grouping that together seems like a turtle candy. Flavor is sweet and toasty with gobs of vanilla toffee and hints of almonds and pralines. A nice, tight netting of caramel corn flavor on the edge with a bit of alcohol warmth. Medium bodied with sparkly carb and a good off dry finish. Nice beer. I wouldn’t really seek it out again, but it is a nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, minimal tan head.
Smell sweet smokey and fruity
Taste sweet, oaky vanilla, chewy oatmeal, sweet but balanced.
Clearly fading but still good, no real barrel presence, good.
DocJitsu (1183) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark cola brown color with a large, well-retaining root beer-like head. Rich chocolate liqueur with a bit of tobacco undertones one the nose. Some competing coconut after the beer settles. Mildly thick and slightly coating moutfheel. A little sticky on the lips. Chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and tobacco flavors, in that order. As my friend with whom I’m sharing this beer put it, it does not disappoint.
ryanfolty (2018) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
August 25, 2013 - bottle from Eric to celebrate my 13th wedding anniversary. Dark brown pour with limited tan head and lacing. A gentle swirl really gets a nice head going though and stains the glass. Aroma was chocolate, wood, vanilla, cherry, licorice and bourbon. Taste starts with the vanilla, cherry and more of a cocoa powder than chocolate. The wood and bourbon then kick in before the finish that was dark chocolate, wood, dry alcohol, licorice and slightly bitter. The finish was a little rough and was really the only part that took away from a great beer.
DedicatedToFun (3701) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super awesome strong ale thanks to a friend of GTs at a beer tasting very strong caramel
PhillyCraft (3808) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, poured viscous black with tiny tan head. Aromas of heavy and smooth wood, fudge, leather, vanilla and chocolate bar. Flavor was most of the same with a deep complexity of wood and rich cocoa flavors working back and forth. The liquor notes became more evident as it warmed, I liked 12 the best out of the anniversary’s but this is a close second. Top notch Russian Impy.
mcberko (8738) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is extremely rich and complex, with notes of brandy and sherry-like liqueurs, toffee, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Flavour brings out notes of sherry, loads of dark fruits (figs especially), and a touch of toffee. Highly complex, with a big warming effect. All the notes mesh together beautifully, finishing on notes of liqueur and dark fruits. Less sweet than the 12th Anniversary, with perhaps a slightly better integration of flavours.
RobertDale (4115) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber at a bottle sharing. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Nice and warming. Very good.
Reynolds314 (2763) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with little tan head. Aroma is raisins, toffee, vanilla, and some wet cardboard. A bit oxidized at first but for a 3 year old bear not bad. That fades and its a very rich complex lightly bourbony and toasty barleywine. Nice.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Drank in an 11-16 Vertical. Pours a bigger blackish brown pour, near opaque-ish body, with some nice glowing brownish edges. A frothy loose tannish head atop dies to a mellow frothy tannish head dies to a loose ring, laces small. Aromas are a mellow roastiness, faint coffee and toast. Caramel and vanilla, gentle oak, touch of carmelization. Some whiskey, spirit, and gentle fruity dark elements. Initial is fuller bodied, some marshemellow, vanilla, and roast. Some toastiness, caramel, and toffee. Touches of vanilla, roast, and coffee. Middle is some fudge, cocoa, vanilla and gentle toasty marshmellow. Firmer freshness, some oak, spirit. Cocoa, toffee, and toasty marshmellow. Finish is dry, a bit tannic, some heat and lingering cocoa, fudge, and marshmellow. Pretty nice for it’s age. Nose a bit dead, but solid.