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.
scotchzombie (329) - 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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bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Close to back with almost nonexistent beige head. Aromas of cocoa, toffee, coffee, grass, leather, tobacco, herbs, citrus. Flavors of toffee, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, spice. Slightly sweet finish with hop attenuation. Full body with slick mouthfeel and low, bright carbonation.
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolate and smoky aroma,espresso and toasty malts..body pitch black creamy dark tan head complex lacing..taste follows the aroma smoky and coffee flavors dominate,a thick and creamy maltiness in the back..slick thick and oily palate..slightly bittersweet finish..i place this in the very good category rather than great though i could see how it could be a favorite with a little age or mellowing..tastes like a strong cup of coffee with cream and sugar sort of
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle and initially served at around 45 degrees.
Immediately notice the motor-oil-like viscosity as it pours from the bottle. I also notice the attention to the proper carbonation level as they are quite low. Very pleasant surprise as I was really expecting them to be aggressively high.
Aromas of intense dark bakers chocolate, figs and a very mellow hop character. Some good floral notes as well jumping up before I take my plunge.
The flavour exhibits layers of malt complexity. The eleven different malts are well represented with a wonderful toasted character as well as a smooth creaminess prevalent throughout the experience.
The hop profile was nicely balanced and in tune for the huge malt backbone. Some have said the hop levels are a bit high, but it’s nothing like what a fresh Expedition Stout displays. Slightly hoppy, but extremely drinkable.........too drinkable as I’m now on my second one. I’m again shocked that such a young Imperial Stout displays this character without any additional aging. A feat that some other highly touted Imperials fail to achieve.
Oh my the palate! Oily, heavily viscous, a silky creaminess that washes over the mouth. This experience only is further enhanced with the warming of my snifter. With this release a pleasant warming sensation on the back of the tongue is also noted.
All in all this definitely lives up to the hype and far exceeds my expectations! Very well done and kudos to the Leine’s family for taking a chance on catering to the beer aficionado crowd.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a generous dark tan head on top. Aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and coffee. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, cherries, roasted malt, and roasted coffee. On the palate the beer is medium bodied and creamy with light carbonation.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage. poured bottle. deep dark brown in color with a thick light brown head. scents of sweet chocolate, banana and some big roasty malts. sweet taste followed by some hints of chocolate and today flavors. creamy dry finish with a lingering sweet roast flavor. I’m not a stout fan by any means bit this one has me ready top try more!
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Yeah, its good. Its made by Leinenkugel. Easily the best thing they’ve done. A lot of sweet chocolate and caramel. Thick mouth but overall easier to drink than some big impys. Would love to get a bottle of my own since it was shared, and thanks for the share btw Scotty.