jeremugohio (91) - springboro, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice stout. Toffee, smoked vanilla, hint of coffee and nice boozey kick at the end. Let it warm a bit and the chocolate and that hint of coffee are mire apparent.
Prufrockstar (628) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle -- thanks, J! Pours deep and dark with minimal head (think the wisps of foamy-steam rising off of the bog in a horror film). Aroma: full on chocolate, with some vanilla and ash. Taste: milk chocolate; plenty of ash. Moderately sweet with an appropriately bitter finish. Palate: Smooth, full body; lingering warming alcohol. Overall: a very pleasant beer. A bit sweeter than Old Rasputin, but otherwise pretty comparable.
NeoHippie2 (751) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, molasses, and roasted malts. Flavor is sweet cocoa upfront with coffee notes in the finish. Abv is well-hidden. Not as full-bodied as other imperial stouts but a respectable offering.
ChrisFields (64) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with just a hint of a bubbly tan head. Aromas of caramel, malt, cocoa and alcohol are present. Taste is chocolate, roasted coffee bean, very light bitter hops and dark fruit. Alcohol warmth comes through but is very well integrated. Body isnt as full as I expected but certainly not thin. Overall, pretty good. Great Lakes produces some excellent beers and this is certainly no exception.
Eberndt (126) - - JAN 11, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep dark color with a caramel colored head. Very drinkable with bitter chocolate and coffee flavor.
tmongoose (1034) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10oz draft poured almost black with mocha colored head. the aroma of deep dark roasted malts with little blends of chocolate and coffee and I really didnít get a lot of hop on the nose. but the flavor was about as smooth an imperial stout that I have ever had...you have to watch this one so easily drinkable but that 9% will get you. the malts and mild hops and dark flavors just swirl around and taste extremely well together.. thumbs up on this one.
Busick (167) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid dark pouring stout from Great Lakes! A great follow up to their Christmas Ale. Poured into a snifter with a 1/4 inch toasted marshmallow head. Taste was very smooth with hints of chocolate.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Beerathon (884) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hands down one of the better stouts Iíve ever had. Color- black (duh!) with tan head and lacing. Nose- coffee and chocolate. Flavor- coffee, bitter chocolate, and creamy milk. Like silk on the tongue.
boxofrane (1846) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown head. The aroma has big milk chocolate, roasted malt, some light chocolate sweetness. The taste has a big milk and dark chocolate mix, light coffee grind, and a sweet and bitter finish. Very nice.
msnelling09 (114) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a deep dark brown, and sits in the glass as midnight black. It forms a head of tan colored bubbles atop the beer, but swiftly whittles that away to a scrim. In body, the beer is slightly viscous and nearly perfectly opaque, which just hints of ruby light escaping through the edges of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of medium roast coffee, with bakerís chocolate and dark fruit notes dancing in and out of the nostrils. It smells almost like a blend of hot cocoa and coffee. Touches of creamy milk even show themselves to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes surprisingly sweet and fruity in its beginnings, but dries out perfectly with bitter roast and a touch of herbal hops in the finish. Slightly tart acidity also shows its face at the beginning of the sip, but is bulled away by the rich roasted bitters. In flavor, the beer begins as plum juice, milk chocolate, and a touch of raisins. This moves forward into rich dark roast coffee notes and then char and a light bite of herbal hops on the finish. The dark fruit returns on the finish and aftertaste, and sits nicely on the palate for a while. In the mouth, the beer feels just below full in body, with a smoothness that borders on being thin given the beerís alcohol percentage and style. The mouth is left coffee-bitter but with a lot of acid-canceling saliva swimming in the cheeks. Overall, this is a nice imperial stout. In terms of the Russian Imperial Stout, it falls a little flat for what I look for in the style, but it has some awesome imperial stout characters that work perfectly. I want more roast and charred malt flavors in this beer in order to see it as an RIS, but its deeply fruity and tart malt character at the beginning was really quite intriguing and made the beer interesting and complex to sip. The mouthfeel was a bit thin overall for what I wanted for the style, but that does make the beer easy to sip. This is a really nice imperial stout with some funky character. Not my favorite in the style, but a nice interpretation.