KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I received this bottle courtesy of Skyview. This was a great beer. Pours very dark with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and sugar/sweetness with chocolate. Taste similar to aroma with a bit of molasses in there as well. For 9.5% you really cannot taste the alcohol. Very nice beer.
zeke626 (447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stub & Herbís. Served in a tulip glass. Dark brown (almost black), mostly opaque body with brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee bean, sweet malts, chocolate, and molasses. Smooth, medium to heavy body with flavors of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of bourbon. Decent complexity, with more bourbon-like flavors coming out as the beer warms, along with some dark fruit and vanilla. Finish and aftertaste are predominantly bakerís/dark chocolate along with some coffee tones.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark fruits, licorice, molasses, caramel and coffee prevail. Finishes bitter sweet. Nice.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed post Thanksgiving. Crafted much more in the vein of an Imperial Porter than an Imperial Stout. The hops are rather muted until the finish, with semi-sweet chocolate and cane sugar syrup pronounced. The pour is a thing of beauty, with a luscious brown head and a dark chocolate appearance. Undertones of prune juice and toffee on the palate, with subtle notes of star anise and nutmeg. Rather sweet, but certainly enjoyable. The 9.5 ABV is hardly noticeable. A solid structure and decent complexity to this Imperial Porter. I am missing the hops and the viscosity/mouthfeel of an exceptional Imperial Stout. Thanks to Nathan for transporting this south.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pure black with probably the darkest colored head Iíve seen, brownish red almost. Head retention is amazing and has incredible lacing. Aroma has molasses, licorice, cherries, chocolate, and a little roastiness. Sweet malt and molasses greet my tongue first, yielding a cornucopia of sweet delicious flavors. Many of the things noted in the nose are also present in the taste, but just even more condensed and with some roastiness in the finish; itís so good! Mouthfeel is super thick, very full bodied with low carbonation; perfect for an imperial stout. Incredible beer, I really hope they continue to make this. Dark Lord, watch out!
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy from Styles, Nice smell of molasses. Taste was sweet with hints of dried fruit. Not over powering but noticible. Alcohol was well hidden. lacing was nice also. Good beer
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark black, with a medium brown head that diminishes to a skinny layer, great lacing all the way down. Aroma is chocolate, molasses and a touch of fruity sweetness. Taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee, some smoke and toasted marshmallow. Medium to heavy body and some alcohol warming as it goes down, the way a good imp stout should be. Good stuff.
scotchzombie (422) - 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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TimsRatings (421) - - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ridgewood Raleigh. Powerful coffee flavor. One of the darkest beers I've seen.
Good taste. Would gladly order again.
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LearninBeer (421) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black with a nice brown head. The aroma is malty, with a port smell and a toasted/burnt coffee smell. The lacing is excellent, the head lasted a while but is mostly diminishing. The initial flavor is back and side tongue bitters with a burnt toffee flavor, settles down and leaves a nice creamy taste in your mouth. Got a couple to age, Iíll bet the flavors will mellow out.