kp (10886) - 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
Lubiere (9427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, a superb sweet chocolate with bourbon notes, oak, vanilla, alcohol warmth. In mouth, a smooth oaken stout with milk chocolate, light moka, a bit on the light side. Bottle at Big Dog Winterfest, Jan. 29 2011.
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle numbered 849. Pours with a black hued body with a large and retentive brown head. Aromas are of fudge, wood, coconut, oxidation, chocolate chip cookie, lightly vinous, mild licorice. Flavors are ashy, astringent, chocolate, booze. Toasted and nutty, with a somewhat sweet finish. Tannin, vanillin and cola. Smooth, figs, raisins and dark fruit. Thick bodied, mildly sweet, smooth and creamy.
Dogbrick (7243) - 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.
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Black, deep cola hued edges, thin tannish head, little lacing.   Charred wood, campfire, bourbon, graham cracker, soft coconut, and stale vanilla on the nose.   Smells decent enough.   Rich roasted malts
up front, warming alcohol, bourbon, campfire, with some graham cracker in the finish.   A little astringent, but only after the finish.   Needs a bit more body, or at least wished it were a bit more chewy.   Lots of graham
cracker and charred wood with this one.   Decent amount of bourbon character.   A nice sipper, just wished it were a touch smoother.   Better than I thought tho!
after4ever (5928) - 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.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Pant-y Raid NYE Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a richly deep inky black hue, firmer legs, some brownish ruby glow on the edges. Frothy tannish brown head dies to a smaller ring, laces small overall. Aromas are cocoa, toffee, some wet paper and roasty malts. Biscuits, toffee and toast. Some gentle oak, vanilla, mellow warmth. Touches of oxidation, gentle warmth. A bit old perhaps but still holding on. Initial is firmer bodied, caramel, some soy sauce, firmer roast and toast. Some toffee, barrel and warmth, gentle whiskey warmth kiss, ABV and spirit. Some cocoa, a bit thinner and warm. Middle is toasty, roasty and gentle kisses of spirit, toffee and cocoa. Some toast, touch of soy sauce and oak. Backend is a bit warm, toasty and dry, a bit of spirit, faint dark fruit waft. A bit older with some toffee, cocoa, gentle coffee roast and spirit kiss. Some toffee, carmelized and roasty elements. Solid, a bit oxidized but not a bad beer.
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pour, dark khaki head. Nose is wood, syrup, alcohol, sticky, sweet, and vanilla. Smooth palate, Chewy wood, vanilla, ,light Chocolate, boozy finish.
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at esbls. Black. A tan ring. A malty bourbon nose is sweet. Vanilla. This is flavorful with all of the above tasted. Cinnamon. Huge malts. Nice.
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from the bottle at Big Dog’s winterfest. Pretty dark; not quite as much aroma as you’d think. This is pretty good, a bit thick. A tasty beer, just not amazing.