Evolutionary (271) - Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Tap at barleys. Pours dark as night. Great dark brown lacing and mild carbonation. Roasted coffee and chocolate nose. Gives way to dark thick stout fullness with chocolate and roasted Malts upfront and toffee sweetness right behind. A great imperial stout. High alcohol is hidden in the mix.
---Rated via my mouth
auee92 (13) - Lawrenceville, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Toasted nuts, roasted coffee and chocolate, with a little sweet liqueur thrown in for good measure
Appearance: Pours like slick black oil with a minimal, decadent, half-inch tan head
Taste: Bitter and slightly salty, with a nice, long, lightly sour aftertaste
Palate: Light bodied with a thin oily texture, flat with an astringent, bitter finish
Overall: A good stout, but perhaps a little too bitter to be named excellent.
C1tySurfer83 (11) - - JUL 23, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Motor oil black. Tan head. Malty, roasty coffee molasses, chocolate and more coffee notes. Amazing sweet and roasty flavor with medium warmth. Bottle was one year old. Perfect cellar bottle.
Darkmagus82 (513) - - JUL 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of brown foam. The head holds on strong, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is a big, roasty, and sweet with a nice roasted malt smell mixed with plenty of milk chocolate, brown sugar, and some caramel. Along with these aromas comes some smells of coffee, bourbon and an earthy hop giving a heavy and nicely roasty aroma overall.
Taste- A big sweet roasted malt and chocolate flavor greets the tongue. This is accompanied by flavors of vanilla and caramel mixed within. As the taste advances coffee starts working its way in, with it beginning lighter and really gaining strength toward the end of the taste. Along with the coffee comes some boozy flavors with some smoke mixed within, melding very well with an increase in the roasted flavors of the brew. More booziness and sweetness (with hints of vanilla) hits the tongue at the end of the taste and with the now somewhat stronger coffee flavor, the robust roast and the sweeter chocolate flavors of the brew ends up leaving a thick and warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is quite thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is slightly on the lower side. Both the thick-creamy body and the low carbonation are fantastic for the big, warming and boozy roasted flavors of the brew, making a great slow sipper.
verall – A very tasty Russian imperial with a big sweet and boozed roasted flavor.
Sevenlee (1267) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and totally black with a black head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, coffee, chocolate, caramel with some hops. Taste is high sweet and roasty leading to a well balanced finish. Superb.
Jojojam (60) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BD 4.26.14. Pours a dark thick appearance. One + finger head that hangs around. Nice lacing. Lots of chocolate on the nose. Coffee is present too. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth. Taste is deep chocolate nibs with huge wallop of hops. A great sipping RIS.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
sudomorph (511) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled May 1, 2014. Pours black with a thin mocha head that has fine legs. Aroma has some nice bitter chocolate and coffee notes with a noticeable, but smooth hop presence. Taste is full of bitter chocolate and espresso. Roasty with a faint sweetness and caramel. Mild, drawn out aftertaste. Full body with a medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Overall big and creamy. Roasty with chocolate and coffee. Can?t wait to try after a bit of age.
MHOSKINS (73) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 14, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Smooth throughout from start to finish. A perfect imperial stout. Dark chocolate with coffee in a satisfying blend. Not boozy at all
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
furthur (140) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour, black body, chestnut head fades to a skiff. Aroma of plum, vanilla, anise, black malt. Taste is is black coffee, vanilla, booze, caramel, black malt, bitter rind, and salt. Finish is bitter. Body is very thick and chewy. This is really something, and i’m convinced it deserves the scores. The booziness and harsh bitter finish are the big faults. Still, a massive beer.
RussianDragon (330) - - JUL 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. I’ve had this beer multiple times on tap at the brewery, but I’m finally sitting down to write a review in real time here at home.
Pours a true opaque black that does not allow light to pass at all when backlit. Head is a solid half inch of brown foam that settles down to uneven pools of bubbles on the meniscus, focusing on the rim of the glass with moderate lacing. Aroma is bitter and complex: roasted malt, oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel notes and hops. Flavor is balanced profile of aroma markers with aggressive hop bitterness in the finish. Also a slight lactic tang, which is pleasant. Medium to full bodied, smooth roasty chocolate finish.
ComradeK (989) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a small dark tan head, which lasts reasonably well, and leaves good lacing. Dark chocolate, strong espresso and fresh spruce hops are garnished with dusty cocoa to create the aroma. A brief hint of pine up front is soon overcome by espresso and bittersweet dark chocolate. Savoury, roasty malt and bitter cocoa in the mid-palate give way to quite a hoppy finish, with notes of pine and orange rind mingling with the cocoa. This is quite dry for an imperial stout, and with just enough hoppiness to temper the rich dark malt flavours. A very nice beer indeed.