ineedbeer (432) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a balanced blend of roasted malts and dark fruit. You get a decent amount of chocolate and a light coffee note. There is a lot of prunes, dried cherries and a hint of raisin in the aroma. A medium low alcohol aroma is also present. The beer is starting to show some signs of oxidation with a vinous sherry note forming.
Pours black with a thick dark mocha head that steadily recedes fairly quickly leaving a light film in the center and a ring on the edges. Faint lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is rather enjoyable. The dark malts have a bit of a toasted cracker flavor to them to go along with the light coffee and moderate chocolate flavor. There is a decent amount of dark fruit esters in the flavor as well with prune and raisin being more prevalent than cherry. By this point in time the hop flavor has completely faded if there ever was one. Bitterness is moderate and astringency is low. Medium light alcohol note in the finish - lighter than the nose leads you to believe. Finishes fairly dry which is nice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Astringency is quite low and alcohol warmth is moderate.
This beer is pretty darn good. It's not amazing and I understand why it isn't highly sought after, but it is solid and very enjoyable. I found the flavor to be quite good and better than the aroma. I like that it doesn't feel like it has a terminal gravity of 1.035.
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HeadyDE (369) - Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pour 2011 vintage..shared at porter/stout tasting..pitch black pour glug glug from bottle..bottle is great..happy to find this one last year up in ct..nose is quite nice with chocolate..roasted goodness..not much carbonation as expected..abv is well hidden..quite an easy drinking impy stout that has some complexity without being a boozy mess..reminded me somewhat of bitches brew..enjoyable..
harrymel (820) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful silky black with a soft light mocha foam. I’m not usually impressed by a stout’s look, but this one is pretty to me. Cocoa, leather, alcohol, licorice and hints of graham. Flavor is bready with a rye tone and some more graham and dark, dark chocolate. A bit of oxidation is evident, but not to the demise, rather a slight compliment to the beer. Body is very thin for the style, almost empty with a subdued (due decorum) carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer, but not worth seeking out again for me.
Serving type: bottle
Jesterdeal (1477) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nose and glasses shared by Jeff. Aroma is deep roast coffee and chocolatey malt. Pours black with a small brown head that quickly fades into a white wispy film. Taste is dark and roasty with notes of roast coffee, super dark chocolate, and a sweet woody finish. If you had told me this was aged in oak, I might believe you. This is a near to perfect Russian Imperial Stout. Great full mouthfeel without being Marshal Zhukov sticky. Great roast without tasting like a rauch. I can’t rave about this stout enough. I wish I had a case.
jbeatty (849) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle, shared by BriceNice,, 11/17/2013. Pours black, little to no head, a few bubbles float around the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate, deep char notes, coffee, vanilla and rich bourbon finish. Taste is chocolate, touch of coffee, caramel bourbon finish, boozy. Thick body. Very nice.
merc7186 (1496) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Decent Lacing
S: Dark Chocolate, Licorice, Mild Coffee
T: Licorice, Anise, Chocolate, Mild Coffee
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Bitter
Overall, a pretty solid Imperial Stout, a little different with the anise, licorice taste I thought.
timfoolery (1070) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a trade long ago in a galaxy right here. Aroma and flavor are great. Way too much carbonation though. A little better after it settles down. Still, good beer.
Lukaduke (1497) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep black color with a big three finger gaseous khaki foam. The nose has tons of dark fruit, plum and heavy chocolate roast. The palate follows with a touch too much vinous fruit for my liking in an imperial stout. Lots of dark brunt chocolate roast helps balance the beer but just a good beer in my opinion not a great beer.
rodenbach99 (2809) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille d’une pinte et 9 oz. Imperial Stout classique par sa nature, la couleur est brun foncé et sa mousse est brune. Un nez qui n’épate ni ne déçoit avec du chocolat, des cerises et des notes de grains grillés. En bouche le liquide surprend par sa texture velouté, son chocolat mi-amère. Une touche de poussière rappelant le cendrier gâche la finale.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Black pour with a creamy looking tan head. Big and complex aroma. Coffee, toffee, caramel and some vanilla underneath. Lots of coffee and roasted malt at the start of the flavor with a creamy sweetness in the middle that gives way to a big roasted and almost smoky finish. A bit too thin for how big the aroma and flavor is, but beyond that it’s fantastic.
Ron (2199) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. It pours a nearly ink black that lets just a chink of light in at the bottom of the glass, and has a good light tan head. Aroma has notes of molasses and roast coffee. Smoky flavor has caramel, licorice and coffee notes. Firm, smooth texture is quite lively. Hides the ABV well.