ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger tan shade - retention isnít the best, but the soft and creamy texture it has make me forgive that. Not much lacing is left behind.
S: Quite chocolaty in general. There are slight hints of coffee, as well, but this is mostly chocolate, roast, and brown sugar. And thatís not a bad thing at all. Maybe it doesnít have the depth of other imperial stouts, but whatís here works quite well.
T: There are some slight chocolaty hints, not only to start, but on the finish as well. In general, though, this one is roasty. Not oppressively so - it does end in a slightly sweet fashion - but it does enough to cleanse the palate of excess sweetness. There are also some coffee-ish hints, along with a bit of alcohol and licorice (usually the bane of imperial stouts for me.) Just like with the nose, it isnít the most complex imperial stout on the market. However, itís still quite enjoyable that does a good job of bringing the traits I like within the style.
M: Itís not the driest imperial stout, nor is it the sweetest. Rather, it strikes a neutral balance between the two. Make no mistake, in spite of its full body, itís quite drinkable for a 10% RIS, and despite the alcohol flavor, there isnít much booze to be felt on the palate.
O: Not a top-tier RIS, but certainly a very good one. It has to compete with the likes of Old Rasputin, though, and that makes this one a hard sell for yours truly. Still, Iíd have no trouble drinking this one again.
DuffMan (6531) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Robbie & Parksy post-RBAG 2014. Hearty near-black with red-brown highlights. Highly roasty, a bit of soy sauce, bitter chocolate, low residual sugars. Quite nice.
shanoknowsfood (43) - Hawaii, USA - JUL 16, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Only the 4th Imperial Stout Iíve ever tasted but, sorry to say, itís the worst of my list.
Had a lasting bitter coffee taste that just wouldnít go away. Not my cup of tea.
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A highly roasted easy to drink stout like many others. Ok.
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed with a few months on it.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is scorched cereals, burnt coniferous trees, light coffee notes. Thatís a lot of roast in the aroma. The well carbonated body has a grainy texture and is not as rich and corpulent as I like a near 10% beer to be, but thatís often the case with such highly roasted beers. Taste is also dominated by roast, so roasted that it falls into vegetables territory. All that roast is backed by black liquorice, some molasses and dark fruits concentrate. All that roast is pretty good at hiding the sweetness. And with the low sweetness sensation, the medium body and no alcohol presence this beer feels like a 6% stout. All in all a decent stout, just a little too much on the vegetable side of things for me to give it a better than Ďokí rating. Another beer, I drink too much, the only way Iíll ever be considered a role model is if there is I am asked to wear rolls and parade in front of people.
RobertDale (3337) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a small reddish brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Very tasty and very well made.
scotchzombie (318) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours boot black and viscous with a finely bubbled mocha head that fades quickly to a rim. A bit of lacing. Aroma is is burnt brown sugar with a faint hint of booze. Taste is burnt toffee, caramel and chocolate with a booze and bitter coffee finish. Less chocolate/more roasty; chocolate and alcohol flavors rise with warming. Thinner and shorter of flavor than I expected. Good, but not great.
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting, heavy port dark fruit flavors, kinda reminds me of what Dark Lord used to be before the ABV hike, very impressive.
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Havenít had an impy stout in a while. Pours thick black with thinner brown head. Smell is dark chocolate, sweet toffee, some booze, slight licorice. Taste is medium sweet, some booze as it warms, swirling dark and semi sweet chocolate, minor anise and dark fruits. Nice velvet palate . Nice surprise here.
lightbias (60) - USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is chocolate, coffee and heady tobacco. I feel like smoking a cigar right now to accent my experience. The pour is black with a russet head that decided not to stick around too long. A very thick, oily body with a nice average carbonation. Not too boozy, just right with the afterward fading to a light reminder of the brew. If I had access to this Russian Imperial Stout again, I would find it again and make it mine.
Concealer (737) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at hops and pie. Clear dark reddish brown with a chocolate brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit notes. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, pine, and chocolate. Medium bodied, smooth with a bitter end.
BlackHaddock (3491) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in The Hopping Pig, San Diego on 18th March 2014. Really black with a lasting beige crown. Sweet and sour nose, Roasted malts, over roasted malts actually with liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate and a vinous under-smell. The taste was very similar with a slight fruitiness within the mix. The alcohol was almost hidden. Good body depth and a fine Imperial Stout (not that I have had many to compare it with).