bpar73 (470) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black pour with a thin tan head. Everything a Russian Imperial Stout should be. Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, malt, alcohol and smoke. As good as it gets.
orange_3084 (96) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black with thick tan head. Strong coffee aroma, roastiness and some cocoa. Nice full creamy body. Taste is toasty and bitter, dryer than average for imperial stouts, with a of alcohol warmth which lingers nicely in the finish.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.
The color is a completely opaque black with two fingers of brown head and some nice thick lacing.
The smell is pretty sweet for an Imperial Stout. Has some hints of raisins and grapes. It also has a bit of a sugary flavor as well.
The taste is pretty malty with a sweet chocolate and toffee flavor. Some nice bitter coffee flavor mixed in as well which makes for a very satisfying
The first sip was so good it was almost overwhelming. It is packed with so much malts and yet a nice pack of hop and coffee bitterness. There are chocolates, toffees, molasses, and some alcohol.
The feel of this beer is pretty light for a heavy dark beer. A good drinking beer that goes down really well.
Bule (756) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a thick black color with a lot of frothy beige head. Thick roasted malt flavors. Mild and east going.
jsnicholas (134) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12 Oz): Black with nice tan head. Malty, cocoa, toasted Carmel. Very tasty. Drink again.
Aiacobellis (6) - - AUG 25, 2014 does not count
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Muy fuerte para mi gusto, pero excelente cerveza para gente q le gusta cerveza dura ... rockera
smroush (26) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color, very little tan head.
Aroma is somehow creamy, with a real chocolate aroma.
Initial and mid palette are fairly crisp with a pronounced chocolate taste on the finish. A fairly oily texture, especially on the finish. Nice bit of dried fruits. Some tobacco.
Very interesting in that I am struck heavily by what is not as pronounced in some other top imperial stouts. For a 9% ABV beer the alcohol sweetness is not all that noticeable - a good thing. The deep roasted flavors and coffee flavors are also not as pronounced as some.
This is a very good beer. Had some with more complexity, but not very many.
joejames (128) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours black, two finger tan head, moderate lacing, great retention. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is mostly bitter, with sweetness in the background. Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes bittersweet with note of licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and alcohol. An extremely complex and tasty stout.
SupperHopped (12) - - AUG 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
ON NITRO - a little less bold than the bottle version. Taste amazing, silky coffee with a substantial bitterness. A favorite of mine.
ametras (401) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Black pour with a frothy tan head. Flavors are milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, caramel, roasted malts, coffee with ashy notes. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture.