mfincher (15) - Wills Point, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Imperial Stout that pours black with a smooth chocolate taste. Hint of coffee good beer
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black with thick tall head, and good lacing. Smoke, chocolate, coffee, sweetness, and some hops in the aroma. Good roasted flavor of chocolate, coffee, bittersweetness, some caramel and toffee notes. Excellent brew.
Miksu (5047) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Black color with small tan head. Sweet and roasted aroma with notes of coffee. Thick and sweet palate with vinous and deep roasted character. In the finish the sweetness changes gradually to strong coffee-charcoal roast. Very good and long finish.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 not the most pleasant stout, but what can you expect from 75 ibu (are you man enough?). The head disapears, flavor is comlex as well as the aroma. I enjoyed it with a brownie.
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours a midnight black with a dark tan creamy meteor crater landscaped head with excellent lacing. Scent is malty and roasted malt. Taste is malty/roasted malt with a medium tasting yet full body. Lots of activity on the lips. Nice fireplace ash/smokyness element throughout drink. Goes down very smooth with lots of character and body.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours jet black with dark tan head. roasty, sweet chocolate, touch of smoke, and a bit of burn in the nose. mouth is a little fizzy for what i like in russians. flavor is roasty with some cocoa, malty sweetness, and hops dryness and alcohol burn. totally solid but not my favorite one.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks zeswaft. Dark chocolate color, opaque, with a light brown head. Nose is roasty and smoky, hops, alcohol, cocoa, some light coffee notes, sweet and burnt malts. Really smooth flavor (goes well with chocolate). Sweeter than I expected, again, hops and alcohol, bittersweet malt, cocoa like notes, very roasty. Maybe a touch too sweet. Nice on the palate, oily and silky, while still having a dry finish. Very nice beer, the barrel aged brother is a good upgrade for sure.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a dark tan, frothy, decent sized head with excellent lacing. Nose is nice like a burnt, roast chocolate with nice earthy hops backing nicely. Flavor is like the description although coffee flavor is not as apparent as chocolate and roast, and backing flavor of burnt caramel and toffee really becomes more apparent as flavor progresses. Hops are earthy and slightly piney, no citrus really noted, but they bring a medium-high bitterness. Palate is full and chewy, almost silky, with a soft carbonation. Finish is bitter with roast and burnt toffee still there and slightly dry. Very nicely done Imp, but not quite to the level of the oaked. My only reall complaint is the hops donít seem to cooperate with the dark malt flavors; however, definately worthy of itís accolades from such a great brewery.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to my secret santa for providing this, as I probably wouldnít have gotten it otherwise... you know, one of those beers thatís so common and cheap that you never end up buying it because you always know itíll be there, even though itís awesome. Anyway, Iíve sat on this one for about 6 months, letting this hops mellow from the fresh oak-aged yeti I had which I knew to be really strong. Mellowed they have, and this has turned into one hell of a beer. Aroma is rich chocolate at first, with nice hop undertones, lychee, caramel, soy sauce. Pour is just as beautiful as its barrel brother, dark black with a great, dark brown head. Flavor is rich, roasty, chocolate and caramel, yet still balanced, offering still some good hop bitterness in the finish along with more sweet caramel. Without a doubt one of the best ISs out there, especially of the higher production variety.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Chocolatey notes with hints of coffee. Nice balance with malts and hops, hints of alcohol, but not overwhelming. Nice thick mouthfeel, chocolatey, smokey. Warms you right up as your drinkin. Very nice brew.