PhillyCraft (5899) - 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 (14665) - 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 (5526) - 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 (3328) - 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 (6991) - 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.
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Andy at his place. Pours a deep brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is chocolate fudge brownie. Mouthfeel is rich with just straight fudge brownie. Very nice.
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly oxidized, rich and sweetly, caramelly rich molasses, brown sugar.
GothGargoyle (2463) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid black with a small beige head. Aroma is liquorice, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, hint of coffee, molasses. Oily mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate, nicely balanced. Taste is salty liquorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, hint of leather and coffee.
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Dark brown with an average off-white head. Aroma is malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is of booze, malt and fruit.
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At STL bbbb, thanks for the taste! Pour is clear brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma and flavor loaded with caramel malt, brown sugar, light barrel notes, and a smooth vanilla finish. This is very nice with no hints of oxidation at all yet. Drinking very nicely.