zvikar (4125) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a brown head, aroma of fruits, malt and some chocolate, flavor of fruits, malt, chocolate, bitterness, medium bodied.
Enjoyit (3753) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of liqurice, sweets and spice. A flavor of liqurice, coffee, roasted malt, bitter and a nice oily texture!
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Black with a huge brown head. Heavily roasty aroma with some coffee, a cocoa note and some hops. Dry-ish flavor, roasty, with light sweetness, smoke, coffee (with a light acidic hint), and a bitterish finish, more roasty, with a hoppy note. Full-bodied. Very nice.
mbgrayson (708) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours inky black, with a rich tan head. Somewhat weak aroma of malts and rye. Taste is a little bitter and fairly strong. Notes of coffee and licorice. Long lasting palate. Maybe I’m getting spoiled, but I didn’t like this one as well as several others. Not complex enough, I guess. Still, a clear thumbs up.
suprchunk (2945) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black viscous pour small forced tan head. No lacing. Malty aroma with chocolate cherries and pepper. Taste is the same. Though slightly thin.
StefanSD (2336) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head that has good retention. The aroma features cocoa, dark chocolates and chocolate liqueur. The taste, like the aroma, has multi-layered chocolates, mocha, charcoal, roasted chestnuts and bitter walnuts. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and bitter. Overall: Very roasty and bitter RIS, not much sweetness. This works.
SlovakSniper (4919) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dans mon verre il y a un liquide bien foncé sur lequel flotte une mousse qui offre une acceptable prestation. Dans mon nez se chamaillent du chocolat noir, du seigle épicé, des grains brûlés et du cuir bien tendu. Sur ma langue s’installent des saveurs sèches de torréfaction et de malts rôtis avec ce petit goût particulier qui appartient au seigle. En bouche se présente un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement au ralenti et une texture huileuse. En arrière-goût se dessine un mélange de notes de réglisse et de mélasse brûlée.
rodenbach99 (4155) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber partagée par Patrick. Bière brune noire avec une mousse brune. Un nez fort en alcool avec des notes de cerises, de café fruité. L’alcool domine. Une bouche piquante avec de l’alcool, la texture fait défaut elle manque de corps probablement le seigle. Ordinaire.
maxwelldeux (4322) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. I’ve poured motor oil thinner than this beer. Pours a very thick and creamy near black color with a moderate brown head on it. Nose is roasty with some chocolate to it and just a hint of some spicy grains. Taste is thick and roasty, with some subtle chocolate and just a hint of smoke. Feels slightly bubbly, which makes it interesting. Hides the 11% well, I think.
Bulk_Carrier (3547) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance that poured like jet fuel - pure black and slow like motor oil (could’ve sworn I heard the "glug, glug, glug" of the beer pouring out); small super tan/slightly brown colored slim looking head, light speckled all over the place lacing.
The smell had a roasted cocoa with a spectacular dose of coffee aromas coming through, I believe I’m also getting some anise - ?? maybe.
The taste had a roasty sweet and ever so slightly bitter cocoa/coffee flavoring with the anise just a tad stronger than before. There is some alcohol in the taste, but I realize I’m having a 11% beer from the growler 3 days after it was put into the growler; super sweet sticky aftertaste (holy coating of my lips, don’t think I’ve ever had any beer so sticky). It had somewhat of a dry sweet cocoa finish.
On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy, yup this beast is a sipper (don’t try to dominate this beer, you’re stupid if you attempt) in other words there’s no such word as sessionable for this beer. Carbonation is fairly smooth for an RIS - good for the style and for me.
Overall, big wow from me, though I didn’t get the "rye" that’s described, I really like this beer; next time I have this I’m really hopin’ to have it next to Old Rasputin just to see which one I actually like better.