NikkTwist (1746) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Opaque pour only hints at a dark orange brown up to a very strong light. Head reduces to a very tiny tan ring. Heady alcohol off the top. Juicy pitch black flavors. Coffee grounds. Kerosene infused charcoal. Earthy truffles. Cigarettes. Leather. Shoe polish. Alcohol centered dark chocolates. Shoo Fly pie. Dried berries. Vegemite. Black peppercorns. Bitter tingles on the tongue. Medium body. More juicy than creamy in terms of what one might expect for a billed Russian Imperial. Still quite dark and big.
Beerman6686 (4706) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a darker brown color with a lighter tan head. Aroma was of licorice, smoke, and dark burnt chocolate. Flavor was much the same, nicely smokey and a bit ashey, but not too offensive. Alcohol is hidden well too. Nice offering by Harpoon.
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Bottled 2012. Black pour, dark brown foam. Aroma of fusel alcohol, dark fruits, licorice, unsweetened dark chocolate, loads of coffee. Roasted grains, burnt malts. Thick body. Liquid chocolate liquor! (3579)
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black color, aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, earth notes, same flavors with chocolate, coffee, slight pine hops, pretty strong astringent boozy finish, lacking the rich complexity of a good imperial stout
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from sam's i think. Dark brown/black with a sudsy tan head. Nice, understated nose, dry roast, bakers chocolate, light molasses, smells less like a imperial stout and more like a dry/semi-sweet stout. Flavor is similar, dark fruit, molasses, and bakers cocoa dominate. Alcohol super well hidden. Having this blind I would guess I couldn't be higher than 6% abv. A solid stout that ill give extra points for drinkability considering its high gravity.
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durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose of roast, chocolate, molasses and some fruit, but the fruit fullness really comes out on the taste, with notes of raisin, prune, and fig. Some creamy action in there as well. Sweet, with a hint of light tartness. Tastes great.
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Small brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, some earthy, light raisin. Taste is medium sweet -- really not much happening until the back of the mouth, when roasty bitterness, earthiness and dark chocolate kick in. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Czernobog is Harpoon’s new big stout. Aroma of dark chocolate and strong french roast coffee, with some distinct hopping as well. Oily black liquid, not too thick looking. Strong bittersweet flavor, like drinking a a black coffee infused with chocolate. While it does taste strong, the full ten percent is not in evidence. Thin palate feel, but don’t be fooled, this beer is dense and filling. Not in the realm of extreme imperial stouts, more like one you might find in Poland.
thornecb (4541) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha conglomerate head froths and recedes leaving spider lacing. Dark chocolate and pit fruit aromas. Thin with smoky chocolate upfront turning to caramel and pit fruit before the lasting hot espresso finish.
hivemind (712) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Pony w James, Andy, Feng. Black pour, cocoa powder head that retreats to the edge of the glass quickly. Light toasty coca, coffee and dairy on the nose with even some hops - deserving of a 9 in aroma. Palate is milky, notes of light coffee or chocolate powder, sweet and dark. I would describe it as rich and sweet yet medium bodied and a roasty, underwhelming aftertaste.