after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22, capped and waxed. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan mousse that fades quickly to a thin rim with lots of drippy lace. Big candy sweet dark chocolate nose, with vanilla and oak kicking around...too candy sweet. Thick creamy body. Sluggish carb. Heavy dark chocolate candy bar mid palate, with bourbon, oak, and vanilla candying around as well. Too sweet and goopy, tastes almost like it has processed sugar in it. Appealing but overdone. Dialed back and balanced up, this one would score a bit higher.
Caskalefan (137) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was expecting this to be a big disappointment, but it’s really pretty tasty.
Thick body, and an aroma of rum, red wine, and bourbon-tinged malted milk balls.
Taste is similar with the addition of some toasted coconut,, and hint of rum soaked raisins.
Not very complex, but there are no off-putting flavors, right through the finish.
Too pricey for the simplicity, but quite pleasant and warming on this raw, rainy day.
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black. Barrel spirits waft out of the glass. The taste is a bit too sugary to the point of maple bourbon tasting.
Wittales (516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance was clear jet black with lasting tan creamy 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are chocolate malts with slight vanilla and hints of oak casks bourbon shinning through, mild alcohol nose. Taste was chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, slight alcohol burn. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with full-meduim body, soft lasting smooth malty and medicnial bourbon finish. Weird finish, good bourbon local brew...
kathouse (726) - Nevada, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aces and Ales Strong Beer Fest 2012. Pours black with a small khaki foam. Aroma of toffee and chocolate is subdued. No burnt offerings in the aroma. Flavor is very sweet with chocolate and caramel. Oak is the word of the day and it is very noticeable in this beer. Could use some aging. Palate was nice and overall this is a good brew.
jtheeg (1) - - JUL 23, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing brew. Could definitely tell the difference between other imperial stouts and JJ’s use of bourbon barrel aging. Very distinctive taste and really sets the bar. Aroma of the bourbon, nice mouthfeel, taste is so amazing, nice and dark with thick head, lots of lacing.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, from my comfortable old Maudite glass. Pours thick black, totally opaque, with a generous 3-finger dark tan head, that is quite foamy, though I may not hae rinsed the glass well enough. Not sure there... The head reduces slowly to a highly-persistent skim/ring, though the lacing is nothing to brag about. Nose is toasty and fudgy: a rather restarined use of the Bourbon here is actually rather nice, though the stout beneath doesn’t strike me as being the finest stout that’s ever passed my gums. Nonetheless, the bourbon does what it’s there for and adds complexity. Some toasty coconut/vanilla notes, and a marked "oak" aromaalong with some light vinous notes, and black chocolate. Flavours are medium to lighter-bodied for an Imperial Stout, toasty and oaky again, bu the flavour doesn’t translate to complexity, it’s just kinda round and smooth and a bit flat. A session-style BA Impy Stout? No.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Russian Imperial Stout, BA
Date: April 09, 2011
Source: Total Wine, Vegas
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: roasted aroma with caramel and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, touch of bourbon, light caramel and vanilla, balancing roasted malt, bitter black malt
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample on Day 2 of the Aces & Ales Strong Beer Festival on 08/13/2011. The beer is an opaque black color with a medium thin khaki head that dissipates to an outer ring rather quickly. Partial rings of lace on the glass. Bourbon aroma with notes of dark malts and chocolate. Full, smooth body with an oaked bourbon character and flavors of grainy malt, fruit and coffee. The finish is somewhat boozy with a malt aftertaste. Above average overall.
Fantomasus (189) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly black velvet (even under light) with a thick foamy head that quickly dissipates into thin lace. Deep rich aromas of cocoa, malt, and fresh whip cream... Malty sweet start but bitter wins out and then smokey sourness. Bourbon. A super solid Russian.