RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
first couple sips i could taste rubbing alcohol... that went away. looked like a great beer. big bodied and thick. very roasty. not bad.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Justin. Pours thick black and opaque. Not the kind of nose I was expecting. Lots of liquorice and molasses along with the typical roasted malts. The flavor reflects this with a distinct pungency. Very good and bitter-sweet. The high-alcohol notes are very noticeable. Very good.
BrewGoblin (366) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty fun, big black’un. Such a dark brown, almost purple, with a huge tawny bonnet. Beautiful, really. Smell is a bit boozy, but in the whiskey, warming way, not astringent. Also lots of dark fruitcake, raisins, smoke, cocoa, a bit of coffee and leather. Tasted the same to me and had a nice boozy, vanilla latte and fruitcake finish. Somewhat syrupy texture but really quite a nice RIS.
fitwitchik (351) - USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 2012 bottle into a snifter dark brown with slight head.
Aroma is dark fruit slight booze.
Flavor is figs & raisins. Some booze. Definite cocoa.The bitter finish was surprising considering the age on the brew
Balanced nicely. Smooth. Very good.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Blue Nile. Pour is black with minimal brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and raisins. Flavor much of the same with some alcohol. Palate is thick and chewy. Too much going on to enjoy. An alright but slightly disappointed.
scotchzombie (345) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12oz bottle to glass. Pours a viscous, rich licorice color with a creamy tan head. Fine-bubbled lacing. Aroma is sweet roasted malts and earthiness. Notes of coffee and licorice. Initial taste is firewood and burnt and smoked grains and a rich malty licorice sweetness. Complex flavors abound more subtly - coffee again, and some dark chocolate. A sense of oatmeal as well. Quite a bit of bitterness on the backend and it merges with a burnt licorice flavor in the aftertaste before leaving a residue of booze. This is a distinctive and crafty Russian Imp. Very good.
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Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Had this side by side with DL, Darkness and Expedition. this was my second favorite one. Dark lord is terrible, way to sweet and plumy/malty. BIG EDDY is tasty stuff nice amount of hops little bit O’ coffee as well overall i was a big fan. Keep it coming
OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Bitter malt and chocolate aromas. Big bitter chocolate and sweet coffee flavors. Better than I expected.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz pours a dark brown/black with a small ring of tan foam. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits? Flavors of chocolate, molasses, caramel and again dark fruit notes, fairly bitter coffee finish. Palate was smooth.
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Probably the best Impy I’ve had. Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger width light brown head that disappates pretty quickly. Smells of dark chocolate slight hops and smoky notes. Taste of chocolate, with a earthy coffee flavor and as the gentleman before me noted a faint black licorice taste I caught a glimpse of. DELICOUS, I’m definately going to let a few of these age out for a while. Glad it is brewed here in Wisconsin and it shouldn’t prove to difficult to find.