NICKV1117 (23) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An amazing stout. Pitch black with a beige creamy head. Aroma of dark fruits, toasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Full bodied taste with a smooth and silky finish. Now, one of my top 5 stouts along with Victory’s Storm King. Cheers!
Kobold (35) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a proper admixture of angelic suicide and blood; the black, inscrutable dent revealed when a boulder on the fiend’s frozen lake is dug out of its ditch; the swatch of some god-primeval’s mourning cloak; oil powering the cavalcade galloping towards Revelation............
Aroma: The reek is of confusion, phobia, and midnight blitzkrieg. Chocolate factories incinerated to charcoal; scorched earth at its most evil and intense; memories of milk on the lips of a dying man; flickers of knife sweat as it quick-slits the cord linking body and soul; bread immolating itself to save the bakery; wood chips reaching into the furious atmosphere discombobulated; branches bled of all resin embracing the air snapping; succubus licked tootsie roll pushed with unrelenting, though magically gentle, force deep into my mouth; sooty licorice and a chunk of boot from the first Hun gunned down discovered in grandfather’s box of curios from the Great War; an undecayed grape dropping out of an emperor’s tomb.........
Taste: For a moment my throat became the conduit to an Awakened World. Then in dropped desperately baked burnt cookies exploding soil and secret coffee bean maps. Where aroma slashes the nostrils the taste is an unroughened arch, a passageway of absolute angles. Autumn fruits that have conspired to hide among the roots of their trees to witness the bitter-sweet passage of light into darkness; insatiable shifting of motion and stillness, euphoria and angst, leather whips and feathers; mud, of ancient origin, shuddering with the promise of rare life; baker’s chocolate about to either destroy a cake or elevate it to saturnine tastes; syrup punched with wooden knuckles...........
Palate: A sense of my breath being held hostage in a closet between fire and some oblivion hole.
nosajhongkong (24) - North Point, HONG KONG - JUL 30, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle bought at The Bottle Shop Hong Kong.
Appearance: Pours a pitch black colour with a dense, crazy medium tan head with good retention. Also leaves quite a lot of lacing.
Aroma: Moderately strong roasted malt and coffee beans aroma with caramel, resin, dark stone fruits. Also with a hint of vanilla and burnt wood notes.
Taste: Very complex and strong flavour. It starts with some mild, sweet chocolate and mocha taste. Then the medium-high roasted malt and coffee beans bitterness comes in with some subtle hop bitterness. At the end is some tobacco and smoky, with a touch of alcohol.
Palate: Medium to full body with smooth and creamy texture. Long-lasting roasted malt and dark fruit aftertaste, with warming finish. Average carbonation.
Overall: A really classic and traditional russian imperial stout. The taste and the palate are just spot on, especially that complex and bold smokiness and the roasted malt flavour. The bitterness is also just perfect and very balanced. Goes on favourite list.
drpimento (3021) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2016
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, kind of a crazy good cross between an imperial stout and a black IPA. Super tasty on nitro.
skiatd1 (36) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma- coffee, sour, stouty deliciousness
Appearance- classic nitro stout appearance with foamy head
Taste-smooth, dark, milky with coffee tones. Very goood
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Fullpintofbeer (137) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @Barley Mow, Bristol.
Medium, off-white, creamy head, very dark colour, nearly black, nice lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and cookies.
Bitter taste, full body, long and bitter finish, oily.
Very well balanced, not too heavy, fantastic.
Zekso (22) - POLAND - JUL 25, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Czarne z beżową pianą bardzo ładną. W aromacie kawa i czekolada oczywiście ale są też nuty wiśniowe jak w wyleżakowanych porterach. Bardzo dobry aromat. W smaku mamy dosyć wytrawne, bardzo smaczne, klasyczny RIS. Dużo czekolady i lekkie nuty chmielu lekko ziołowego i wiśni. Likierowe. Alkoholu nie wyczuwam. Zdecydowanie godne polecenia.
OrthoDoc (150) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated world class and I'm sure it is but RIS is not my favorite style. Prefer straight up stouts and porters. Too much dark fruit and tobacco for my liking. If you love RIS you will likely love this but I will avoid this category from now on. Prefer chocolate and vanilla forward stouts.
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Taschert (8) - FRANCE - JUL 23, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 355ml. Dark with an everlasting head. Coffe & chocolate with a hint of vanilla aroma. Warm mouth with a surprising bitterness. Long lasting roasty bitter end. [07/2016]
Spinnaker (7) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super dark chocolate with a bitter finish. The head is everlasting with a tan colour. You can definitely smell the alcohol on the nose. In the end it is a great beer, try it once and try it again.
Bawelt (492) - Lyon, FRANCE - JUL 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nez très café, chocolat, fond vanille et chocolat blanc, légèrement fumé, noisette.
Bouche ultra torréfiée de chocolat très noir et de café très fort. Fond un peu plus rond, vanillé, finale assez boisée, grosse longueur amère torréfiée.