VinegarStroke (320) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: dark with a thick head and great lace. The head is very pale. Medium lift. Malty. Burnt. Very roasted. Simple. Sweet, not sour but very bitter. Only medium weight. Not balanced. Very creamy chocolate.
Ron (2887) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black. Light brown head. Heavy sweet chocolate,coffee and slight Vanilla. Great flavor of chocolate. vanilla, roasted malts. Very malt forward. Creamy mouth feel. Medium low carbonation. Nice stout over all. Love the aroma and the mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden. Not too heavy on the coffee side which is nice for me.
superspak (3164) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/2/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light dark fruit, light char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hop, and light dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light dark fruit, light char, herbal, and roasted/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light dark fruit, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hop, and light dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Russian imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hop, and light dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
arn8897 (107) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a dark khaki head. Aromas of chocolate coffee licorice and molasses. Taste of the same. Nice lacing in the glass. Medium mouth feel. Overall very nice beer. Little to no alcohol warmth for a 9.9% ABV.
Emeister84 (1412) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of burnt chocoate, coffee, molasses. Black with a faintly lasting tan head. Dry, roasty, bitter, earthy, chocolatey. Full bodied, a little thin and grainy as it finishes.
joelwhite (30) - - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitas is doing it again with this great imperial stout! Good aroma, good flavor, nice head and a good pallet. I dig this beer.
BrewBoxer (2366) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep black color. Sweet taste with a boozy hint on the aftertaste . Nice easy drinking for an imperial. Cocoa chocolate flavor
Zwiebel88 (461) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Schwarz-braun. Kakao, kaffe, Malz, dunkler Zucker. Dunkle Schokolade, KAffe, Malz am Gaumen. Lecker.
CObiased (95) - - JAN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber aged 1.5 yr. Purchased in Page AZ. Big roasty aromas with dark malt, dark chocolate, tar and coffee. Slight grayish, tan head with trace lacing. Solid flavors of licorice, dark tobacco, coffee, chocolate and tar round out a well made imperial stout. Super smooth no booziness.
AirForceHops (4076) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Some decent head retention in the snifter. The aroma is a nice dark roasted grain, mild spent coffee grounds and mild vanilla undertones.
The flavor is mostly right on for the style. Lots of charred malt, dark chocolate, traces of vanilla, molasses and mild wood notes. The bitterness comes from coffee grounds but really has a light hop element underneath it all. The body is a tad leaner then I want in an Imperial. But the greatest thing about this is the price tag $4.99! At this price point I may drink it more often, especially with today’s rising cost of craft beer. This is great getting a 650 ml for under $5.00. The most complex RIS ever? No of course not but it really gets the job done.