DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Black with a nice brown head, a bit creamy. Aroma of dark chocolate, mocha, some liqueur and a bit of dark fruits. Flavor of lots of chocolate with some berries/cherries, some caramel, a nutty note and a drier and slightly burnt finish. Full-bodied. Great stuff.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - APR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful surprise find on base, thank you ordering clerks at the Navy Exchange! Great looking beer, motor oil with a short lived small reddish/brown head. Loads of malt, baking cocoa and prunes in the nose. Sweet & malty with floral hints and a slow forming, yet lingering bitter finish. Some alcohol but it is well masked. This is a solid RIS, I am impressed!
jagad5 (79) - - APR 1, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I canít give anything a perfect score but this was close. Poured from a bottle. So dark I canít see the other side of the glass. Strong enough to help me relax and enjoy my evening.
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Black with one finger head. Solid malty base with major coffee. Hoppy bitter finish. Dark and dry. Decent RIS.
williamherbert (1350) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Supremely dark color: chocolate milk with a mocha-brown head. About as see through as a marble statue. Aroma is all malts: dark chocolate, sugary toffee and pungent dates/raisins. An unusual nuttiness in the aroma. The malt flavors have a candi sugar sweetness, but are immediately followed by burnt cookies. The slick, oily feel puts it somewhere between an Imp. Stout and a barleywine. Itís much sweeter than most RISís, but itís quite a taste explosion.
Bulk_Carrier (2431) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a dark brown colored body yielding a tan two finger foamy head with some spider web lacing around the sides of the glass.
The smell had a nice combination of chocolate, coffee, and malts. Some dark fruits enter in as the beer warms.
The taste had some sweetness yet brings in a decent bitterness as the beer warms.
The palate was about a light to medium and was borderline watery. ABV, what ABV, this is supposed to be 9.5, yeah, I donít feel it. This is too drinkable for a RIS, almost as if the alcohol is way too well hidden.
Overall, well, everything smells and tastes good. Its got the normal appearance of an RIS, but lacks the thickness I look for a RIS.
rdixon77 (1130) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Actually, pretty nice and fairly drinkable imperial stout. I was surprised. Big oily pour. Red wine aroma with a lot of raisin. Very fruity and lighter body for a big beer. Chocolate, malty. Hoppy finish. Medium carbonation and medium body. Nice stuff.
stoutgap (40) - Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a small dark brown frothy rapidly diminishing head. Heavy bread & molasses nose with a bit of nutty-roast and rasin ,alcohol is fairly heavy. Medium in body with lively carbonation and a bitter finish.An ok beer but a bit weak for a R I S.
coachd (235) - Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have never had a dark beer from Leinenkugel before; I have only tried their summer ales. Not sure what to expect, but here goes. Pours thicker than I would have expected and the color is a brilliant dark reddish brown. Dark tan head that stays around for a bit with minor lacing. Great looking beer. Smells sweet, malty with strong bourbon aroma. Iím also picking up hints of raisin, leather and oak. Bold aroma suggesting a really big beer. Taste is sweet then bourbon alcohol, with a bitter hop aftertaste. This is very strong tasting, even for a RIS. Definitely a sipper. The palate is silky, not as thick as the beer looks with a long lasting aftertaste. Reminds me of Schlafly Imperial Stout, although the Schlafly contains more bourbon sweetness and less hops. Leinie took a big chance with this one, and I like it. I will be trying more of the Big Eddy beers in the future.
TheJester (2029) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. Dark, dark brown, with a small brown head. Has some red wine in the aroma, which is interesting, and not as much of the traditional chocolate and coffee. There is enough roast to let you know that this is a stout, though. The flavour is more traditional, with lots of roast joined by some cappuccino. Solid, but not spectacular.