zvikar (4118) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a beige to brown head, aroma of caramel vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, cherry, pleasant, flavor of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cherry, slightly acidic, medium to full bodied.
Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color- black with think brown creamed head. Aroma- booze, bit of coffee. Flavor- warm from alcohol, bitter, dark fruits, hint of chocolate, slick on the tongue. Overall, pretty decent.
DSG (10545) - 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 (1206) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - 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 (89) - - 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 (4698) - 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 (1452) - 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 (3352) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, 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 (1973) - 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 (55) - 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.