Prufrockstar (1860) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2015 Bottle. Aroma is booze, roasty, chocolate, smoke, and more booze. Pours black with minimal tan head. Taste is smoky (beef jerky) , alcohol, with a harsh bitterness throughout. Sticky mouthfeel, full-bodied, lively carbonation. Overall: The alcohol is really prominent in the flavor of this all the way through. 7/4/6/3/13 (1/26/13)
Blind RIS experiment [Sample 3/20, 3/26/2015]:
Thanks to Summer again for pouring this. Thick, opaque, nearly black pour with small, fine bubbled, creamy brown head. Aroma: sweetened cocoa; cherry juice in a metal can; green apples and/or underripe berries. Yeah, Iíd say underripe berries. Taste bring a big punch of ashy roast bitterness -- thereís a good chance this is one of the two Evil Twin beers in the line-up. Copper and dough in there as well. Palate: full body, soft-medium carbonation, slick oily texture. It has an alcohol heft to it -- I bet this is the booziest of the ones so far, probably clocking in northward of 11%. Overall: thereís a big punch packed into this one, but itís dissonant. In fact, Iíd say most of the elements packed into this donít play well together, and most of what I can articulate strike me as flaws. Call me crazy, but Iím just not into astringent, fruity, ashy, metallic boozy stouts. Underripe berries descriptor is hard to shake, and as the glass goes on my enjoyment plummets.
How much would I pay for this? If I just wanted to boost, I could throw a couple of bucks at this. Maybe. <shrug>.
Addendum: given the descriptions, Iím surprised I gave it those numbers. Should probably be lower, but Iíll leave it as is.
zubblwump (37) - 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 (11045) - 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 (18430) - 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 (1115) - 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 (122) - 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 (507) - 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. Iíd 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 (1062) - 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 (2979) - 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 (937) - 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.