Bricks (675) - Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oh man.. was it good. Great apperance, excellent taste. Like your typical russian imperial, but a little more of a fruity/complex taste than expected. Great one.
The_Osprey (2565) - 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 (8036) - 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 (13022) - 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 (6563) - 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 (941) - 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.
Sparf (149) - Östersund, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lätt syrlig arom med köttiga, rostade toner. mild och välbalanserad. Helt svart brygd, en tät skumkrona och bra lämningar. Kraftig smak med rejält rostad malt och en stor beska. Även den syrliga köttigheten kommer igen samt introduceras kaffetoner. Oljigt sammetslen brygd med fyllig kropp och något för mycket kolsyra. Lång, kraftig eftersmak med framför allt beska.
Macegan75 (733) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
3 year old bottle from my cellar shared at Damico’s. Pours black with some tan head. Aroma is not strong, but still pleasant with notes of black malt, coffee and chocolate. First sip is glorious with huge mocha and roasted notes. Finish is sweeter than expected with hints of vanilla. Great stuff
Damico (2766) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged 3 years! Pours thick dark unclear with a creamy beige cocoa mixed head. Aroma brings light sweet mocha and roasted dark cacao. Flavor is amazing, bringing huge mocha notes and some dark cacao nibs on a beautiful creamy body.
jredmond (5836) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at RBSDADG 2014. Pours a deep blackish brown body with light off white/brown lacing. Aroma is rich and roasty with notes of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy on the palate with notes of dark chocolate, light chocolate brownie, rich earthy roast and a sweet sugary character in the finish. Great imperial stout.
Ed5388 (2409) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewpub (Voorhees). Pours pitch black with a thin creamy dark mocha colored head. Aroma is slightly boozy, with notes of rich coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is of rich coffee, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruit, and caramel.