bth122 (1107) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. On new deck in summer evening. Poured a dark as a cave black. Good head retention. Aroma is interesting. Iím getting smoke, bacon smoke, roasted malt, molasses, cocoa. Taste is more cocoa, with roasted malt toffee, molasses. Medium to medium full body. Creamy texture. Slight tartness or chaulk near end. Not bad.
DesertDevil (422) - Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-bottle poured into a Big Eddy snifter. It looks like a RIS should: black as midnight with an even, latte-like head. Heavy, pungent nose of molasses, anise, oak resin, and semisweet chocolate. The taste goes from sweet to bitter in a heartbeat, ranging from dark chocolate, malted milk, some licorice, and an earthy balsamic bitterness. Thick body with a quite smooth mouthfeel; a tad boozy to start before all traces of alcohol vanish.
Cuso (3641) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from BlackIPA, many thanks. Almost black color with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, wood, dark chocolate. Roasty taste, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Nice coffee bitterness inn finish. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Very tasty beer.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from DBS. Great russian imperial stout with chocolate, dark fruit, and a ton of good malt flavor.
jkwood04 (3240) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, light coffee/chocolate, and a little bitterness. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not the best of its style.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz served in a 22 oz snifter
A - Pours inky black with an espresso head.
S - Chocolate, charred black malts, peat moss, black coffee, alcohol. Itís sour, astringent and sweet all at the same time. Very rugged and edgy aroma.
T - Charred malts, over roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, molasses, earthy pine hops, licorice, hints of dark berry fruit, lots of tangy yeast, pretty sweet. Finishes roasty, bitter and dry.
M - Medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, sharp and smooth at times.
Pretty rugged stout here. Very earthy and roasty but it has to be to stay ahead of the sweetness, which it does. I could sip on this by a campfire all night long.
Serving type: bottle
jb (2018) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bob in myrtle beach. Pretty good stuff. Not complex enough to be great. Malt dominates. Dark chocolate nose with a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Not a lot of hops but well integrated as this was not too sweet.
b3shine (4194) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; black with tan head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; dark malt and chocolate. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.
mnmike (978) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very respectable imperial stout here from the Leinenkugel family. Strong and dark to the core.
Theydon_Bois (6459) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with JF, thanks to an IP trade with James - Jtclockwork, 09/06/13.
Dark black with a big dirty looking tan head. good lacing ensues.
Nose is roast malt, sugars, chocolate, dark toffee fudge.
Taste comprises dark malt, demerara sugar, molasses, grain, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, raisens, dates.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate.
One of the most drinkable impy stouts Iíve encountered, not the most complex but solid enough. The alcohol is well integrated, good stuff!