dagimp (815) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating is of the aged version 2012 vintage. Purchased at Devon in June of 2013. Can’t remember if it was barrel aged or not but it wasn’t bourbon or anything like that. ABV is 8.5%. Pours a pretty dark brown. Not much head, but what’s there is pretty white. Little lacing. Fantastic aroma. Just fantastic. Earthy, bitter, coffee grounds, blackberry. Highlight of the beer for sure. Mouthfeel is spot on for the ABV. It’s not super high ABV nor is it sweet or syrupy. Kinda dry and tingly. Taste is very roast coffee. Lots of dark fruit. Very complex. Wow! This was a surprise, and a fun one at that! They only bottled 36 bottles so I’ll never see this again, but was happy to have it. Good for McKenzie!
egajdzis (5545) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black with a small, dark tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, burnt wood, dark fruits, and chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, more dark fruits, smoke, dark chocolate, and light alcohol in the finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Devon BrewPub (at 8.7%ABV per the Menu): Aroma of malt, slight Bourbon, roasting, vanilla, slight coffee, slight resin, and a hint of lactose. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, tan/brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, chocolate, roasting, vanilla, and a hint of coffee. Medium to full body. Viscous, lightly sticky, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, vanilla, slight coffee finish is dry. 8.7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
pilgrimoutlaw (863) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Devon location. Pours opaque black with minimal, tan, oily head. Aromas of espresso, chocolate. Smooth, creamy, moderate body. Lower sweetness and bitterness than one would expect.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Chadds Ford numerous times. Poured black with some amber notes and a average sized brown head. The aroma was coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla, and some mild dark fruits. The flavor is chocolate, vanilla, coffee and cream, and some mild hops in the finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the 2007 GABF as Russian Imperial Stout: Pours a viscous nearly opaque with a small, frothy dark tan head. Aroma of slightly earthy dark caramel and soy with some bittering hops and cheesiness. Body starts with some more earthy cheesy notes and some sweet caramel and dark chocolate. Finishes, slightly soapy and drier and bitter. Not much for an imperial stout.
eaglefan538 (2935) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Glen Mills location. The pour was dark brown-black, thin initial head, thinning to nothing, spotty lacing on the way down. The aroma was milky chocolate, light piney resinous notes. The flavor was a milky (almost slightly chalky) very lightly roasted chocolate, some currant type berry flavor underneath it all, finishing with a bit of hop zing, but not all that highly hopped, lingering bitternesss and piney notes. Light on the flavor and mouthfeel, this thing wanted to be so much bigger. Mouthfeel a little too soft as well.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GABF 07 listed as the Rusian Imperial Stout
Black pour, tall tan head w/ great lace. Weak roast aroma w/ hints of alcohol. Well coated palate, lightly creamy. Well roasted flavor, touch of coffee & coccoa (in a bitter way) good but simple, not great.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Chadds Ford location. Poured a dark black color with red edges and an averaged sized tan head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roast, coffee, vanilla, some earthy hoppiness, wood, and light smoke. Tastes of chocolate, roast, light coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Smooth and creamy body.