sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is weird and not particularly pleasant. Anise and vegetal character with some nuttiness (hazelnut?). Taste is sweet with little hop bitterness to balance it. Anise, char, and smoke. Acrid char is way too dominant, and the alcohol really stands out. Chocolate and metallic notes come and go after letting it sit for awhile. Medium-thin, but smooth. Kind of a strange, and not particularly enjoyable, imperial stout.
RobertDale (3988) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Very tasty.
davey101 (734) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is roast, fudgey chocolate, light coffee grinds and vanilla. Taste is a nice balance of sweet rich chocolate and lightly bitter roast. Touch of caramel and coffee. Creamy and full. Just a really solid Russian imperial leaning on the sweet side.
benfergy (228) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JAN 25, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours as a very thick dark brown beer. The aroma has notes of chocolate-ish malt. The taste is lightly sweet, with a tiny bitterness. The palate has great consistency and has a strong body. Great beer; in fact it may be getting me more interested in stouts.
edgallow (2570) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz draft pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is malts, coffee and chocolate.
musinj6 (449) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark black with tan head 1 finger head with moderate to heavy lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, hint of anise, coffee, hint of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Medium/full bodied with medium to long finish. This is a pretty solid russian imperia.
Obfuscate (228) - Minneapolis, - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like an imperial stout. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, touch of sweetness. Bit warming going down from the alcohol. Bitter in the the aftertaste.
Frank (3224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty imperial stout. Mine was aged for a year or so and did real well, it seems. Nice chocolate taste, velvety texture and a good bit of cherry-like fruit. This is a slow sipper for sure but smooth and easy drinking. It’s sweet enough to imply a pleasant thickness but not overly heavy. I am into it.
Ericular (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark with lasting brown head leaving great lacing. Aroma is medium roasted coffee and hoppy, nutty oatmeal. Taste is much lighter on the coffee, with moderate roast but the bitterness is more chocolate than coffee. This is relatively sweet for the style; a nice change of pace. Palate is appropriately thick and creamy. For better or worse (mostly better), this is much more approachable and even sessionable(!), rather than the more common heavy, decadent, rich, sipper of an imperial stout. Almost a licorice sweetness. I’m OK with that. Not often you can finish a double digit ABV in a matter of minutes. That said, there’s just something intangible that keeps it from becoming top-notch for me.
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear and nearly black with a small, creamy, off-white head. Gone in a flash. The rich aroma reveals roasted nuts, mocha and brownie brittle. Full-bodied and silky with tingly carbonation. The flavor is a finely balanced blend of blackstrap molasses and caramel sweetness, and charcoal, espresso and ashy bitterness. Also, a nice hint of caramel. Finishes scorched, bitter and tongue-numbing. Really nice beer. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!