MaltOne (322) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 2012 bottle - coffee and pumpernickle notes added to the earlier descripton... still great.
2011 Bottle - Pours a thick, dark oily brown, absolutely opaque, with a dark khaki head. Head dissiaptes to a thin lacing. It is so thick that when swirled in the glass it it leaves a swirl pattern of foam and a coating on the glass. Aroma is dark treacle. Flavor is deep roasted barley, near burnt toast, a hint of vanilla at first, a touch of bitter on the edges, with a mellow sweet finish. A moment of fizz, full bodied, chewy, sumptuous, with a long finish. Very nice!
zubblwump (58) - Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2016 2015 bottle. Smells really, really good right off the bat...mostly chocolate and coffee. Pours thin, but a nice dark, near black with a dark frothy head. Sweet up front with pleasant bitter undertones. Gets better as it warms. This is a well put together, classic Russian imperial stout. I like it a lot.
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Sweet toffee and light chocolate. Deep black with a light brown head. Sweet bitter molasses, nice bitterness and hops. A bit flowery and pretty nice,
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Beer Junction, Seattle; vintage 2015
Black color, thin brown head. The aroma has a lot of leather and liquorice, hint of apples, mushroom. Lean but bold body; moderate sweetness, with intense molasses and chocolate flavor, salty, and finally roasted malts.
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Black, 2 finger tan head. Smells of chocolate and booze. Chocolate, red fruit, stone fruit in the flavor. Medium thick. Quite a nice beer.
wrlangin (165) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, enjoyable RIS. Nothing too unique or standout, but a traditional RIS executed very well.
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ZacM612 (573) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black with a brown head. Sweet aroma, some chocolate. Flavor also has some dark fruit sweetness.
ghsmith54 (4) - - DEC 28, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pleasantly surprised. I’d generally consigned Leinenkugels to the large brewer trash bin but this rather small batch Imperial impressed me with its complex flavors and nice aroma. Just a wee bit too thin but an impressive effort from a larger brewer. Only trouble is finding it as it came and went in my area fairly quickly.
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz - Gift bottle from Chris. Boozy, roasted nose, cocoa colored wisp of a head. Good depth of notes on palate. Good but not elite.
Gerbeer (3156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with moderate tan head
Aromas of dark liquored chocolate, vanilla and a bit of burnt wood. Flavors of black coffee, vanilla, coconut extract and bitter chocolate. A bit of alcohol.
Ericular (965) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Northgate Andover beer tasting. Hollow and bitter for a Russian Imperial, but still pretty decent.