RussianDragon (574) - - NOV 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle is marked 2012 vintage. Pours an oily black with light barely passing as a maroon hue. Aroma is dark fruit and wet tobacco leaves with the usual coffee and chocolate aspects. Flavor is rich and complex: bakerís chocolate, coffee and fudge with dark cherries and slight spice complexity. Full bodied, moderate carbonation and bittersweet finish.
tom10101 (4785) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (12 oz). 2012 vintage. Pitch black with a medium fully lasting brown head and some lacing. Aoma is of liquorice, raisins, figs, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is also of liquorice (cloying), moderate sweetness, raisins, chocolate, roasted malt and light bitterness. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Lingering liquorice finish. Lack of balance. Too much liquorice presence. Not easily drinkable, even for an RIS. I wasnít able to get to half of the bottle.
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into snifter glass. This is an aged 2011 vintage drank late September 2014. Poured very dark, opaque with dark tan two-finger head. Nice lacing. With 11 malts, there is a lot of raisin, fig smell along with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste brought out the sugars from the malts. Rather heavy; a nice example of an Imperial Stout. Although there are three different hops used, they just balance out the sugars that would have stayed. A long lasting taste that has the astringent tastes of alcohol. Keeps you warm. Not a bad tasting Imperial.
outlawskies (480) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Julie says. It is not smokey and not bitter very alcohol tasty kind of sour. She gives a 3.3
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gam (3902) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly thick oily pour tan head mild carbonation aromas rich chocolate roast coffee liquorice caramel dark fruits flavours coffee roasted dark chocolate resin pine grapefruit caramel liquorice rye spicy note good body involved crisp hops the finish best aftertastes grain hops sweet malt lasting bitter pine note very good imperial
deyholla (9631) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a dark yellowish brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a combination of roasted malts, dark grains and a hint of chocolate as well as just a hint of coconut. Flavor has lots of dark grains and bitter roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and some dark fruits in the finish.
slowrunner77 (8982) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"another courtesy of pfoxyjohn. a big boozy vinous sweet ass stout. went great with dessert. not sticky, but very chocolatey and rum soaked raisin sweet. little hop presence, or roasted presence. tasty, but a bit too boozy and a one trick pony. still easily the best iíve had from Leine."
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I must have re-checked the label about 5 times because I couldnít believe this was made by the shandy guys. But itís a real, legit imperial stout. Big boozy flavor and mouthfeel that would undoubtedly improve with some aging. Hits you with tons of bitter chocolate up front, followed by alcohol burn in the finish. Probably a little too bitter for its own good. There is also some plum, but it is mostly overpowered.
A very big stout with lots of character, and one that screams out for some bourbon barrel aging to smooth out the palate.
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 2012 bottle into a snifter dark brown with slight head.
Aroma is dark fruit slight booze.
Flavor is figs & raisins. Some booze. Definite cocoa.The bitter finish was surprising considering the age on the brew
Balanced nicely. Smooth. Very good.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: 2011 release, so this is about 3 years old. Jet black pour; crazy large head, both for style & aged. Fine-bubbled, velvety, deep-tan in color, slow to recede, leaving generous amounts of lacing all over. Robust aroma of bakerís chocolate, black licorice, figs, sweet plums, burnt brown sugar, light roast, mallow foam, & perhaps just a slight hint of coffee bean. Smells very nice. Big flavors of caramelized brown sugar, tempered caramel, bittersweet chocolate, light ash, touches of anise, deep plums & dates, with a very slight, milky & creamy aspect wafting in & out throughout. Little bit of back-end bitterness; slightly roasted with a dried dark fruit finish. Relatively smooth, creamy mouth feel. Hard to believe this comes from the same guys who make Summer Shandy & Berry Weiss. This is really good.