DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, - JAN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. This followed the Bruery Tart of Darkness, so it probably scores a little higher from me, since it satisfied my dark malt craving that I failed to find in the sour Tart. Deeply roast and thickly malty, soy sauce, molasses, coffee, vanilla all in that order of participation. Moderately bitter finish. Not sure why this scores so low, as it drank well with me.
slowrunner77 (6079) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
"the last of the line-up of 5 Joseph James beers we sampled last night. Due to the style, I still held out a little hope, even though the other 4 beers were not worth a darn. Poured like a stout, but not an imperial, in color. Had some chocolate and smoke aspects in the nose and flavor, but way too subtle for a RIS. Not horrible, just not good enough. Average beer. Crappy Russian Imperial."
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of IBrew2or3. Cheers, Dave! Pours a dark stout brown with a tan head. Nose is earth, coffee, dark chocolate, and roast. Flavor is roast, dark coffee, dark chocolate, and bitterness. Flavor finishes with bitterness and some roasty chocolate. Medium in body and a nice imp stout overall.
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Sometimes you get what you pay for... A RIS (?) bomber for $3... Hey I am glad to know that a Russian Imperial Stout is a dark ale. Bomber bottle served in a snifter. Something is really off about this beer and I am just not talking about the moderate brown hue either... There is a combination soy sauce and funky barnyard tone that I am sure is NOT intended. Really just a weak arse excuse for a stout. A 1973 Pinto in an Aston Martin world — feeling sick.
Niko100 (2059) - Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, cocoa, some dark fruit, & coffee; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, hops, and soy sauce; Taste was a bit off.
Dodgrblu (627) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Tully’s in Wells, Maine; roasty and chocolate dominate.
andrewje41 (645) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. A really funky aroma that was hard for me to get over. A lot of roasted coffee and malt. Finishes a little sweet, but short. Not my favorite.
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home via rotter and trade with Ibrew2or3. Thanks. Pours a deep brown appearance with a thin dark brown head. A ton of roast in the nose. Some coffee and earthy bitterness. Moderate amount of chocolate. Low to moderate carbonation. Some bitterness in the flavor but not all that bad. Plenty of chocolate. Earth and roast. Drink pretty decent. Nothing crazy good but pretty well balanced.
DocJitsu (1045) - Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with an ample, creamy. mocha head. Creamy chocolate followed by coffee in the aroma. Thick, but not viscous. Smokiness dominates in the flavor. Chocolate and coffee are also noted. Could use a little more depth.
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with only hints of mahogany when held up against the light. This foamy beige head. Nose with lots of chocolate, caramel corn and alcohol. The flavor is dominated by the coffee and bitter chocolate, with some molasses and burnt sugar sweetness and some licorice. The abv is obvious and a little big as it warms. Nice big impy stout.
Cousin_Larry (390) - - MAR 7, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very carbonated - fills a pint glass with a quarter bottle. Flavor is good once you let the foam settle.