erickok (2810) - Tours, FRANCE - MAY 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black bodied, creamy tan head. Malty base aroma with proper hop back-up. Toast, figs, butterscotch, cinnamon muffin, toffee and earthy. Refined and without any wood distractions. Sweet taste with Belgian like complexity, but enough hops to keep this going. Long aftertaste. Excellent brew. Much like a quad rather than an impy. Glad they send this over to Europe! (67cl bottle, reasonably priced)
dnstone (2046) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vanilla and super malty...a bit like a latte. Very dark brown in color. Strong malt, woody and syrupy; chewy-chocolatey.
Notes: GABF visit few years back
Earlier Rating: 7/17/2009 Total Score: 4.3
Really a well balanced "big" beer. Pours straight black and a very nice chocolate and wood aroma which carry through in the taste with vanilla. Its thick but not overly so. Just a very good stout. Give me another!
TheHawBeerClub (9) - USA - APR 29, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoo-ah! What a bold flavor, sort of a licoricey coffeey taste. Pours jet black with a slight purpleness similar to Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron. Slight lacing but little head. Picked this up because the glasses were priced 50% off so it was a no brainer. 10.2% ABV so it hits hard. Tasty but obviously strong so this would be an occasional treat. "A full bodied Russian Imperial Stout" from their website.
bbbeer (502) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark red-brown with miniscule tan head. Aroma not too strong, caramel, dark red fruits, a little chocolate. Medium body and somehow a little thin. Slight carbonation, not much alcohol. Flavors roasted malts, coffee, raisins. Flavors are pretty good but somehow the whole thing not entirely working and as others have noted seems kind of thin and not quite right for an imperial stout.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: burnt browns and liquid charcoal. Small fizzy tan head fades into a thin collar with nothing in-between. Garnet glints at the bottom. Swirls along the sides with no lace.
Nose: chocolate candies – the kind one is filled with liqueur such as Kahlua. A bit fizzy. Vanilla along the edges – more extract than root. Chocolate cherry vanilla cola. Generic woodsy rusticity. A bit simple.
Palate: creamy and fizzy like cherry vanilla cola. Grabs back of my throat with vanilla extract and Kahlua filled chocolate candies. Raw boozy woods followed by caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolate all melted into one. Hint of tartness and tannins in the back. A bit quick to hit with the flavor and equally quick to fade into nothing. Rustic in the middle and boozy and spicy. Fizzy sweet cola stickiness never really disappears from around the edges – a bit of a distraction.
Final Thoughts: pretty good but a bit muddled and rough around the edges. Flavors were there and they were good but they just didn’t quite meet in harmony.
MadIndian (2218) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice burnt roasted malts, wood, coffee, and licorice. The body is medium and finishes with a slight black olive smack. I like it.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood. Pours black with a red tint and a tiny white head. Aroma of dark fruits, plums and licorice. Flavour the same with spices, kids jelly sweets, and roasted malts. Full bodied, complex, well balanced sweetness. Nice and roasty!
kwoeltje (2151) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 2009 release) black with dark tan head. Aroma of roast malt and coffee. Flavor is mostly oak, with some alcohol, roast malt, some coffee.
mikesaum (522) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a thin dark tan head that fades fast. Aroma is strong on the booze and bitter coffee, some dark fruits, mainly raisins. Taste is nice with some coffee and chocolate and raisins, a bit of smoke. Palate was kinda thin but this impy stout is all in all still worth trying.
moefriedman (34) - Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bad bottle alert!! Anyone else? This just tastes off in every sense. Smells off. A bit of coffee and a funky taste in my mouth.