Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black with a foamy dark beige head. Aroma is roasted chocolate and dried cherries or plums. Bitter chocolate coffee ground flavor with a acidic hint of fruit. Rich creamy body. Finished burnt and bitter.
Ferris (10740) - 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 (18057) - 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 (1114) - 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 (107) - 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 (487) - 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. I’d 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 (1061) - 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 (2920) - 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 (933) - 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 (3156) - 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.