swesson (126) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Syrupy-thick goodness. Espresso and brown sugar notes. A bit bitter on the finish which I find superb.
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mmill527 (53) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a creamy black with minimal head. To me this tastes like an imperial stout mixed with an IPA, about 70/30.Although light, it has a definite hoppy bitterness to it. Quite good.
OPIE788 (219) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Bitter malt and chocolate aromas. Big bitter chocolate and sweet coffee flavors. Better than I expected.
mansquito (3054) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is roasty, with plenty of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Quite well balanced. Good thing Miller realized that this was a money maker.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to jbtice0315 for this as an extra, cheers Jesse!
A: Pours a dark brown with no translucence. Two finger mocha head which falls to thick quilt of foam. Moderate lacing.
S: Raisin, cocoa, malts, again, raisin. Very nice nose on this. Hints of molasses, licorice, anise. Goddamn beautiful nose.
T: The yeast doesn’t offer appropriate tones to this beer (IMO). The nose follows through, but the flavor is negatively impacted by the yeast strain I believe. Decent finish though.
M: Heavy body with low/medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry (surprisingly).
D: love the nose, taste - not so much. Although tolerable, this is not particularly nice as a RIS.
Serving type: bottle
xBEERxNOLA (51) - - DEC 24, 2013
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance - black. No head
Aroma - nothing
Mouth - no carb
Taste - just terrible.
Overall - just not good.
bigcat03 (203) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Old Chicago, black as sin and a quick dark tan head; aroma of earthy coffee and dark chocolate; lots of coffee up front with a little caramelized malt; little hoppy on the aftertaste; easy going carbonation but a little less body than I would like. Not bad at all but the aftertaste and body keep it from being amazing.
UncleKorm (585) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, poured a dark brown hue w/ a rich creamy brown head and sticky lacing. Medium roasty aroma. Initial flavor is medium sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are bold roast coffee, dark chocolate and plum. Full bodied, soft carbonation, and a warm finish.
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rxeight (990) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle thanks Ryan. Rich black pour creamy tan head. Big fat stout aromas. Dark malt, more European with char and smoke. Barely any sweetness not sure if that is due to its age or it is just a more traditional Russian imperial. Tasty stuff.
thisisontap (5) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2013 does not count
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Decent nose, smells sweet of fruit and malt. Thick brown head on top, dark color with almost a hint of purple. Sweet fruity taste at first, coffee and chocolate flavors on the back end, comes back over your palate and just destroys it with an overwhelming burned/charred flavor. Like taking a shot of liquid smoke. Mouth feel was thick but almost grainy. Good idea, poor execution.