bnokk (196) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
APPEARANCE - total black out in my glass. Beigh colored head that sticks around and great lacing.
NOSE - light scents, but not overly interesting.
FLAVOR - stout at the front, strong hop bitterness at the end. Not substantially roasty or deep flavors.
drfabulous (4716) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce can thanks to Greg. This pours black with tan head. Creamy with big notes of chocolate. Moderate nose. Roast. Very good.
shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cocoa in the aroma, a bit of alcohol venting. Near black color, opaque, large tan-colored head. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee; deep, rich maltiness, tobacco, fine alcohol syrup in the finish with a good dose of resin/pine hops and moderate bitterness. Medium full, smooth and slick texture. Very good hoppy Imperial Stout. Wish there was more to the aroma though.
Theydon_Bois (12592) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, big thanks to Padraig, 27/03/15.
Light black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is roast malt, chocolate, spice, earthy, dark toffee.
Taste comprises roast malt, chocolate, hint of liquorice, toffee, charr, dark fruits.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent enough imperial stout, not overly complex but an approachable easy drinking number.
GRM (3277) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 4 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, light burnt barley, black coffee, light hops, light vanilla, alcohol; mouth: roasted barley, light burnt barley, black coffee, light hops, light vanilla, alcohol, alcohol warmth, hops, finale in roasted barley with good presence of burnt barley, full body, surprisingly bitter, lightly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 4 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, café noir, léger houblon, léger vanille, alcool; bouche : orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, café noir, léger houblon, léger vanille, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, houblon, finale en orge torréfiée avec bonne présence d’orge brûlée, corsée, curieusement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : bien
The_Osprey (3031) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share, thanks to MannyGoldberg. Black, small tan head. Aroma is smoke, yeast, chocolate, dry metallics. Body is medium to light, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is rounded malt, soft ash, light metallics, dry finish, quite bitter.
Scopey (8822) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Manny G. It pours dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, coffee, cocoa, candied citrus peel and earth. The taste is rich roast, earth, toasty, charred wood, cocoa, vanilla, varnish, booze and mild acidity with a dry, rich roasty finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Perhaps too dry. Very dry. Ashy. OK.
Leighton (13849) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Padraig. Pours black with a dense, creamy beige head. The nose has a lot of burnt marshmallows, cocoa, earth. Medium sweet flavor with mild roast, some dark fruits, burnt earth, charred grains, raisins. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming finish with lots of char character, ash, baking cocoa, burnt marshmallow, earth, grains. Pretty well balanced overall.
Ferris (7579) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Lots of dark roast, dark chocolate and coffee. Jet black with a rich beige head. Big bold roast, coffee and chocolate with a big bitterness to accompany. Classical styled.
orangesol (968) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at Iron Hill - Lancaster during their recent X-Mas in July event.
A - Pours jet black; with hints of brown around the edges; with a small half finger tall tan head leaving streaky lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of coffee, bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, licorice, light smoke, and sweet dark fruits. It is complex yet it smells like any other RIS would.
T - Starts off with plenty of rich coffee quickly giving way to a mix of sweet bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, light smoke, and some sweet dark fruits. It has lots of smokey roast yet it remains quite drinkable. The finish has plenty of dark roast, mixing with some chocolaty sweetness, to linger on the pallet long after the finish.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, roasty, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.
O - Very nice. I see why this has won all those GAFB medals over the years. It has lots of things going on inside it, yet it remains drinkable and easy to enjoy. I am glad they snuck this keg on at the last minute.