edgallow (3477) - 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 (494) - Dedham, Massachusetts, 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 (444) - 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 (3894) - 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 (936) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 From a bottle aged around 10 months. Pours dark brown with a brown head that fades quicker than it did fresh. Aroma is same. Taste is similar, but overall it’s a bit thin and hollow in the finish. A decent coffee roast comes through as the main player, but overall this beer’s biggest strength is simply how relatively drinkable it is for being double-digit ABV. That’s respectable, but not enough for a beer to stand on. -1 overall, -1 taste.
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. 8+5+8+4+14=3.9 - 12/12/14
hopscotch (10532) - 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!
Countbeer (5953) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@HWT’14: Served in a taster:
Medium sized light brown head. Black colored beer.
Aromas of roast, oatmeal, chocolate, dark chocolats, cacoa, light soy, light coffee.
Flavours of chocolate, dark chocolate, cacoa, sweet coal, roast, bitters and sweets almost equal, herbal roast and malt roast.
Aftertaste is good bitter, roast, herbal roast, chocolate, light coffee and light soy.
Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, fuller bodied and a creamy oily texture.
Benzai (12571) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle [from trade with mista] shared with Countbeer. Opaque black color, medium sized beige to light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, raisins, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Taste malts, roasted malts, a lot of dark chocolate, chocolate bitter, a hint of raisins, a hint of alcohol, liquorice, bitter. Oily texture, full body, medium carbonation.
bytemesis (6295) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black, medium creamy deep brown head, dissipates fairly slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, cocoa, molasses, ash. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, anise, cocoa, ashes. Full body, creamy mouthfee. Pretty solid.
fiveacestx (918) - Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours dark with a cola colored head. Nice chocolate mocha aroma and taste. The mouthfeel is thick and *good*! I like this beer!