cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 black color, aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee, not as thick as most RIS, great on nitro, highly drinkable
joejames (124) - 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 (4) - - AUG 20, 2014 does not count
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 (363) - 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.
Mareglia (14) - - AUG 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown in glass. Chocolate caramel aroma. Smoky, chocolate flavor. Bitter and dry. Very good.
allmyvinyl (3097) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog, Edinburgh. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate, cold coffee. Taste is more milk chocolate, light herbal note. Gentle roast bitterness, soft carbonation. Nice.
miquelcrush (1357) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.
LordBasel (1) - Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Beautifully smooth with a bitter crisp finish. Creates a dryness that promotes drinkability.
lewiscb (3) - - AUG 10, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Going to agree with others here -- Aroma: coffee, caramel. Taste: coffee, chocolate, caramel, malts and licorice (which I despise). Very great balance, oily mouthfeel. Great quality beer however. I found it quite strong for my taste and somewhat bitter. I couldn’t drink much of this but it is "Russian". Awesome brew nonetheless.
spacecube (804) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle, pours black with a foamy tan head, aromas chocolate, vanilla, cherry, roasted malt, full bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, finishes balanced bitter with a roasty and fruity aftertaste. Very nice.
Darkmagus82 (890) - - AUG 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-17-12-
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a pitch black brew with a one finger mocha colored head. The head fades relatively fast to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew and some light lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – A wonderful aroma of chocolate, dark fruits of prune and raisin and a good roasted malt are the base of the smell. Mixed with these heavy and delicious aromas are some lighter coffee and a warming alcohol aroma. Quite nice.
Taste – The taste begins heavy of roasted malt, some semi-sweet cocoa, and a lighter dark fruit flavors. As the taste advances flavors of coffee begin working their way into the taste. As this occurs the sweetness fades and the flavor of the beer bitters more. At the end of the taste, the roasted flavor gets even stronger and are matched by a now bitter dark chocolate flavor and some hop flavors. When these flavors mix with a nice presence of alcohol flavor, it creates a nice bitter, roasty, and warming feel on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with some chewiness. The carbonation level is on the just below average side. The thick and creamy body is fantastic for all the dark flavors and when combined with the alcohol taste, it creates a smooth warming feel on the tongue.
Overall – This is on fantastic brew. Its one I have had many times and will continue to go back to. Overall nicely roasty with good flavor transitions, a great smell and feel as well as a pleasant warming feel.