maekchu (1086) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. 2006 or 2007 vintage. An elegant, fruity wine-like aroma. Itís intense from the bottom to the top of the nose. Amazing. Strong chocolate and vanilla oaky flavors. Extremely smooth mouthfeel. So much depth to this beer. Outstanding all around
budznsudz (320) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark black with a reddish brown head. The aroma is bitter wood, roast, and light chocolate notes. Taste is bitter with musty paper, oak, vanilla, roast and booze. Not a big fan of this one.
jbruner (1117) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque black from the bottle with thin tan lacy ring of head that sticks slightly. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, a bit of booze, and a nice oak back. Taste follows, oak is a lot more present and the booze dies out, slightly bitter finish. Damn good.
Jrwhitney6 (113) - - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clack with a tan head. Nose of raisins. Taste of brown raisins, some vanilla, and a touch of wood, finished off by some hops. Good.
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olio (4080) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65 cl bottle @ ISKTR.
Originally rated on 20100722.
Pours pitch black color with a small off-white head. Aroma of licorice, dark roasted malts, bourbon notes, caramel and chocolate. Flavor of dry dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, caramel, licorice notes and some wooden notes. Dry chocolaty palate. Excellent.
Toadvine (56) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber, bottled November 14, 2011. Pours jet black with a mocha head that sticks around. Rich malty and sweet aroma. Taste has more of a bite than its non-aged brother, almost a spicy note. A little vanilla from the oak, and some roast and earth in the finish. The first time I had this over s year ago, it was spectacular. But the flavor definitely evens out after about 15 months of aging. So, it is now spectacular + 1.
SaintMatty (3596) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Black in colour. Roasted malt, plain chocolate and liquorice in the aroma. Roasted taste with malt, coffee and liquorice standing out. The aftertaste is a bit weird.
alcaponejunior (349) - Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is simply fantastic! I have never seen a RIS thatís this nice looking! Dead black and impenetrable, producing a spectacular dark brown head that never seemed to want to go away, leaving amazingly thick chunks of great lacing.
Nice dark, roasty malt aromas waft up from my glass, along with a good woody smokiness, great dark chocolate and cocoa, and french roast espresso.
The taste is on track for a gold standard in the Russian Imperial Stout category. Itís so bold, yet incredibly smooth. Thereís an in-your-face way about it, but its still incredibly drinkable. Classic imperial stout flavors are all there, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, along with near perfect amounts of oak flavors.
Mouthfeel is simply amazing, and is just another fantastic facet of this terrific beer. So thick and creamy, with a silky carbonation and lightly warming alcohol effect that leaves a tiny sheen like tingling on your tongue. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable in the end, along with a great smooth bitter chocolate flavor that lingers along with the smoky wood finish.
Overall this beer is simply fantastic and I highly recommend it. One of my favorite RIS beers Iíve had. I will definitely use this beer as trading stock for the future.
For an oak aged beer like this one, the value is excellent.
beastmaster (90) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy delicious draft poured stout. Frothy goodness. Coffee and toffee aroma fills up in taste but not strong. I would drink this all day if I were snowed in.
UDBeernut (864) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Step 2: bottled 9/18/2012. Same jet black hue with tan head, not near as much retention. Nose has more of a vanilla aroma with citrus and chocolate in the fold. Taste is consistent with a sweet oak tone. Body is not quite as creamy, but is still bold and ever the Sasquatch.