Prufrockstar (1575) - 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.
Gerbeer (2448) - 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 (848) - 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.
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious beer. Funny how you can write a brewer off as average, but then they release a one off and you see they really do have talent. The Big Eddy beers have been really good in my opinion. Aroma was big, thick and full. Bitter baking chocolate with a dose of roasted malt. Very nice. Pour was a deep dark brown with a thin off white film for a head. Taste was good. Not as full as the aroma, but still nice. Very bitter. Dark chocolate with just a hint toffee and not much else. Very one dimensional, but a good dimension it is. Mild carbonation.
tcon25 (309) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour at home.( from the other night) almost black pour, sweet coffee and chocolate. Really enjoyed this one, picked this up without knowing what it was and was happily surprised.
BeerInHeaven (274) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with a slowly developing medium brown head. Aroma is earthy, toasted malt, slight black coffee. Very creamy mouth feel. Excellent rich taste. Toasted malt, some bitterness on the finish with a pleasant linger. 9.5 ABV is well disguised. Great stout!
miyauchi38 (879) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely solid stout. Burns a wee bit hot. But, nice flavor -- lots of coffee notes. A bit of roastiness. Recommended.
djd07 (6441) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is chocolate, roast, smoke. Thin mouth, chocolate, light roast, good.
TXBadger (2001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown almost black like oil, thick, with khaki colored head. Roasted malt and cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness rounded out with a raw cocoa like bitterness.
Sask89 (499) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bangers & Lace. Poured black with a nice mocha head. Aroma was heavy in roasted malts and also had a noticeable scent of prunes and dates. Taste is rich and sweet with some bitterness to balance it out. Full body, smooth on the palate with good carbonation. Really enjoyed this one, quite delicious.