Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong heady beer. Nice dark color almost pitch black. Has a strong coffee taste with a bit of sweetess like chocolate. Bit of a burnt aftertaste though which I didnít care for. Over all a good beer, one that I would drink again.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Jet black color in the middle of the glass, but a nice dark ruby brown on the edges with thin yet creamy head. Lacing is sparse, but a good looking beer. Nose is full of many things: coffee, burnt toast, brown sugar, molasses, and some other things that Iím not adept enough to explain. Espresso flavor hits hard and early, with a nice biting flavor and carbonation. Not as "thick" as I expected, but tastes good. A little sweetness at mid-swallow along with a slight hop bitterness. This is good stuff and is as good at lower temps as it is when it warms. Palate only a 3 because not enough body or silkiness, but a fine beer.
QUESTor (5) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, frothy stout. Initial impression has a bit of chocolate two, though not sweet. Settles in nicely on the tongue, and lingers. Hint of strong coffee Ė espresso maybe. I enjoy this one. Recommended for anyone that enjoys a strong, heady beer.
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is has a great black color when poured into your glass. You can really tell that it has some kick to it with the nice warming fell you get when you drink it. The flavor stays with you for a long time.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bootled. Pours black, with a frothy brown head. Aroma is od Dark roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, and alcohol. Long full malty flavour, with notes of bitter chocolate. Long aftertaste
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bring on the chilly fall/winter nights. Intensely roasted flavor, malty, with a nice appropriate alcohol nose and finish. Quite complex. Best imperial stout on the planet.
endersworld (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Light, slightly burnt chocolate smell. Dark brownish/red look and little to no head that evaporates quickly. Very obvious roasted malt with a lingering chocolate taste. Nice complexity. Smooth with a bit more carbonation then other Imps and slightly creamy. Very drinkable.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 Bottle. Black fading to reddish brown at edges with very little head. Various Imp stout aromas: dark chocolate, roasted barley, burnt toast, licorice, dark fruits, molasses, and some dry stout sourness. Flavor is a bit more balanced than nose, mostly dark chocolate with burnt overtones and a nice bitterness in the finish. Body is a bit lighter than I expected from the alcohol content-- a creamier mouthfeel would do well with this beer. Drinks like a good chocolate stout, but I wish it had that oily, mouth-coating body of other Russian Imps. All this criticism aside, this is a fantastic beer! And what a perfect label. Mad Russians, oh my....
3/8/06 Draft at Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Everything above, boosted to a 4.2 because of an exquisite creamy body and perfect carbonation, really playing up the luscious side of a fine, powerful brew.
radagast83 (6660) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 This beer has been consumed both on tap and in the bottle. The beer pours a deep, rich dark color with a nice, full, thick tan head. Aromas are malts, coffee, a tinge of chocolate as it warms, and notes of hops lingering in the background. The flavor is loaded with coffee and notes of malts and toffee - with minor alcohol burn. My original review back on 9/10/2005 gave it a 3.7.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think the thanks for this brew goes to Beeryum (though it may be from Santa). Either way, thanks! Very nice looking brew. Black and opaque but clear with a foamy brown head. Toasty malt aromas, and something else which I labeled as toffee (though Iím not sold on that deScription). Quite fullÖGood. Body is light but creamy and slick. The flavor is dominated by toasted malt at first but open to reveal milk chocolate and very well balanced hops. Possibly some graham crackers in there too. Not nearly as complex as I expected, but this was good. Itís not dessert like some Imps, itís just good drinking.