notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW, chocolate and roast in the aroma and the taste. This is how a Russian imperial stout should taste with the roast right up front and in your face. A standard for me, absolutely great.
adrian910ss (2558) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black color with a surprisingly small creamy colored head. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate best describe the scent. Taste can be described as coffeeish, dark chocolates and slightly oaked bourbon. I go back and forth between this and Storm King as to which is my favorite imperial stout. An excellent beer !!
blankboy (7110) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Rerate: Draught at Coles, Buffalo NY. Pretty much the same as below except this time I found the alcohol completely hidden and the bitterness just right. An excellent Impy Stout.
Original rating: 8-4-8-3-17: 4
Bottle.Pours black with a small diminishing brown head. The lack of head was dissapointing. Very nice aroma of hops, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel and fruit. Flavour was surprisingly hoppy along with spices, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate and alcohol. I had to knock a few points off the palate and the overall as the hops made it very bitter and the alcohol was too predominant. Perhaps aged it would be smoother. Really good but not excellent.
fordest (2373) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Holiday. Poured very dark brown/black. Nice tan head that left very lasting lacing. Aromas were dark cherry and caramel. Flavors added coffee, chocolate, and an intensly bitter finish. Very good.
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from binny’s... Poured an inky black with a creamy tan head that didn’t last long. Aromas were heavy of fresh coffee grounds, chocolate, caramel and some sweet floral notes perhaps. Flavors were similar to aromas with a velvety mouthfeel and some slight alcohol notes in the finish. Overall, very complex and quite enjoyable.
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, nice stuff here. More aroma as it warms, but what you get is dark, sweet smoky, malted toffy, chocolate, warm bread, amazing. The appearance is very dark Almost black, red tints when held up to the light. there is little head, but what does show up is a tan coffee colour. The flavour is complex. Alcohol, cloves, sweet banana, dark toffy, coffee, chocolate, dark malt, burnt toast. It goes down with some alcohol bite and a little carbonation hit, but it is very smooth. Nice strong bitter finish. Thanks to Downtown Wine and Gourmet, Harrisonburg, VA
sirraffles (3) - Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
One cannot help but noticing the enticing aroma, well described by others here. Indeed, I find this selection has one of the most delicious aromas of any that I have sampled. Alas the taste was rather more mundane, very decent but a bit of a letdown after the wonderful introduction. I could easily taste the chocolate tones, perhaps too much so as it seemed to overwhelm the other flavors that I expected.
Mungus (6) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee colored with a brown tinted head, I immediately smelled chocolate, coffee and a bit of vanilla. Predominate flavors were toasted coffee bean and a subtle chocolate. Slightly on the hoppy side.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at BrickSkellars. this thick frothy milk-chocolate foam made the beer almost look like a tasty mochachino. smelled of chocolate, coffee and caramel and tasted strongly of chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel flavoring. a great beer now at the top of my stout list.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 Re-rate. All right, going to try this one again. Bottle obtained in a trade with Blankboy. Looks really nice - black, really creamy beige head, perfect symmetrical streaming bubbles at the top. So that goes from 4 to 5. Aroma I’ll probably keep at 7 - it is nice, some roast, a few hops, but there are far better in this style. Taste - some roast up front and than bam, tons of hops. More roast, coffee, more hops giving way to a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy / frothy - I’ll take palate up from 3 to 4. Taste is quite nice, but I still found it a bit unbalanced - torn between a 7 or 8 there. I liked this much better the second time - the alcohol never really comes up, but I still find it just a tad too hoppy for an impy. Lovely stuff though, always nice to see how your taste changes... Original 7/4/7/3/14
Bottle. Black pour, small tan head. Roasted flavours and hops in decent aroma. Small to medium mouthfeel. Taste dominated by hops, which surprised me. The roasted flavours stay firmly in the background as the beer is dominated by hops, making it unbalanced in my opinion. I found it too thin for the style as well, more of a big porter than anything. Not overly complex. Nice and enjoyable, but rather disappointing given its stature on this site.