hotztuf (3) - USA - JAN 2, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle. Pours an oily black with a bubbly head that turns into this dense dark choc that holds. The aroma is what you would expect and also as described by murrays and has all the tastes and feels of a great imperial stout and hides the alcohol very well. Very enjoyable and luckily have a few left!
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Sim rate (one of the epic "Pool Table Tastings" in Rome, thanks to Alex): Strong whisky and wood aroma. So incredibly rich. It’s opaque and oily, just like an imperial stout should look! Smoky and very oily with a sharp, wooden finish. Palate - dare I say it again - is oily and so thick that it slinks down your throat. Very nice stuff!
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml. @ [ The Pool Tabel Tasting in Rome ].
Clear medium black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate malt, dark chocolate, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, chocolate malt and coffee. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
BarossaLuke (531) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a bigger beer for its style. Tried this after the Samuel Smith’s imperial stout and this was more my cup of tea. Jet black in colour with a tan head. Loats of roasted malt and coffee in the aroma, rich full bodied mouthfeel that I could sip on all night. Another very well made beer from Murrays.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thick black pour with a creamy tan head that quickly shrinks to surface cover. Aroma is quite chocolatey, a little roasty and has strong hints of coffee, liquorice and vanilla. Flavour is also very chocolatey, a little smokey and roastier than the aroma but is otherwise pretty similar. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a lingering bitter, roasty finish. A very nice IS, surprisingly easy to drink, the alcohol is well hidden and the packaging is great. Highly likeable.
gam (2915) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour tan good sized head aromas liccorice coffee molass4es alcohol caramel dark chocolate flavour coffee caramel liccorice medium bitter coming from the roasted malts can even taste some sarsparilla sweet milky chocolate touch finish wonderful malt flavours little dry sweet smooth the bitter and smoothness leave a great aftertaste
hawthorne00 (2106) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 Bottle with a counter-signaling label. Black with a small dark tan head that lasts. Smells of cocoa, coffee, uncultivated berries and yes, the dark rum mentioned in the description. Oily texture. No alcohol hotness, but you wouldn’t be surprised by 10%. Quite nicely balanced: lots of sweetness with chocolate, dark toffee and some berries; roasted malt flavours that aren’t too aggressive; and clear hop bitterness that stops the sweetness from dominating but just avoids being dissonant. Dry, somewhat astringent finish has some oranges, pine and salt. Bitterness lingers a while. I suppose this will improve a bit as the hops tone down a little, but I don’t know how long that will take. As it is now, it’s very good. [3.9]
[4/ 2011] Bottle, bought with the last. Black, small dark tan head that lasts all the way. Brooding aroma has roasted malt, dark berries, licorice, orange rind, dark rum, coffee. Silky verging on syrupy. Sweet caramel and berries, roasted flavours, vanilla, a little citrus and grass, only slightly salty. Still quite hoppy and with a bit of astringency - it’ll last a while but has improved to my tastes a little. No smudged edges here - all the flavours are just harmonics of a big straightforward stout. [3.9]
[5/2012] Another 2010 bottle. Black with a 1 cm dark tan head that fades to a bit less than a coat but doesn’t disappear. Aroma of dark roasted malt, licorice, orange peel, rum, berries, licorice. Smooth, luscious oily mouthfeel. Sweet with dark rum, some berries, tar, bitter oranges, coffee, cocoa. Less hop aromatics, but plenty of bitterness. Quite salty and astringent at the tingly end, noticed aniseed there this time too. Smells slightly better, looks slightly worse. Score came out the same. [3.9]
[9/12] 2011 bottle. Tried one a few days after the last 2010 rating and thought it was settling down quicker than previous versions - it’s pretty brash fresh. This one suggests the same. No sign that it’s going down hill, just that everything’s nicely integrated. No tricks, no adornments, nothing to hide behind. Super stuff. [4.0]
There was something funny about the 2012, but this 2013 one is back in town. Again, seems less brash young than previously, but it may well be that’s my palate adjusting. Lovely dark berries. A coat of tan head fades to the rim after a while. Salty, bitter, astringent finish.
bmeup (488) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s Black. It has rich dark chocolate and coffee roasted malt, some sweetness and dry grain thats matched perfectly by the hop bitterness, some alcohol presence from the 10% stated on the somewhat ordinary label. Dont need a flash label as this beer does its own talking. Purchased a case 14.10.10 and most will go to cellar for a year or so [maybe]. Sensational RIS get some.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is black as far as I can tell with excellent viscosity and a sturdy brown head.
S: This is a very roasty RIS. Lots of dark, roasted malts, along with a slight char and perhaps a hint of smoke. The coffee and chocolate notes you might expect are there, but in the background.
T: The amount of coffee in the nose is somewhat surprising, as there is quite a bit of it. Again, a lot of roasted malt and a light burnt quality. A touch more chocolate as well, which is semi-sweet.
M: The body is quite full with a medium level of carbonation, almost chewy.
D: I enjoyed this quite a bit. Not much (if any) alcohol that is detectable and a solid roasted character that is always nice in an RIS. Well done.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolate and coffee. pours an almost pitch black with na thick creamy light brown head.