radio_nowhere (1030) - Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz "stubby" bottle into snifter glass. Hard pour yields jet black color with 1/4" of mocha head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some coffee notes. Taste adds sweet malt, a slight ashiness and hop bitterness on the finish. Thick, creamy and rich. Some lasting bitterness on the tongue. I love winter, imperial stouts and this.
spatenfan (46) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Aroma is metallic with a hint of dark roast.
Appearance is jet black with a nice two finger off white head that sticks around.
Taste is typical to an RIS with heavy roastiness. A little too bitter on the back end for my tastes.
Definitely a slick creaminess on the palate.
jc1762 (139) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pitch opaque black with not even any sense of transparency. Very sparse spots of foam.
The nose shows a big mix of old coffee, soy sauce, moss, and a lot of old/aged aromas. (It’s a fresh bottle so somewhat strange)
The palate is medium bodied, gentle carbonation and a lot of weight. Coffee notes with a slight coffee tartness and bitterness at the finish. Distinct steel tank notes are also present throughout the beer. The bitterness also has some burnt notes that aren’t entirely pleasant but slight enough not to cause issues. Notes of red bean also appear at the finish but the beer is completely bone dry and no residual sweetness shows.
This one is a gentle sipper but the 9% definitely shows in its entirety.
BiiruBierBeer (488) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2015
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Smell is hops and peppermint, oddly enough. Taste is way too hoppy. Some malt in there, but the hops overpower everything. Medium body, mediun carbonation, and some foam.
jmturner5 (1) - - MAY 3, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my top beers! Aroma to taste, won’t let you down. Just a solid job by North Coast!
Savage_Night (39) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a nice frothy brown head. Head retention is great. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, smoke, vanilla, caramel and slight alcohol. Bold flavors of chocolate, smoke, vanilla, caramel, slight hop bitterness, raisins and a bourbon alcohol feel. Amazing complex flavors, great taste and feel in the mouth.
tfontana (62) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Hannaford Exeter Supermarket. Aroma is roasted chocolatey yeastiness. Appearance is opaque black with massive light brown head with decent retention and foamy lacing. Taste is boldly moderately bitter with sweet balance. Like aroma but with hint of coffee. Palate is creamy full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling like syrup but it is not really noticeable. Finish is long and bitter like chocolate covered espresso beans. Overall, this beer is pretty much as good as advertised. Aroma and taste could be a little more complex but are such rich versions of themselves that it is hard to find fault.
angel77 (1265) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 33 cl en el momento el 29-04-2015 en cimmeria. Color negro intenso con poca espuma beige bastante oscura aromas y sabores ligeros maltosos y cafés amargos, algo herbáceos y con algo de cacao. Toques amargos secos, ligeramente resinosos y regaliz con algo de especias. Cuerpo medio a intenso con 9 vol, alcoholico y ligero en boca sin mucha espuma y densidad. Bastante buena.
d00wy21 (6) - an sebastian, SPAIN - APR 28, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 Fell in love with this wonder of beer. Is not the traditional russian imperial stout, sweet and thick. His sweetness and oily texture is mixed with a long lasting super bitter of a ipa. One who loves imperial stouts and ipas will marry him.
angelkostvo (810) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black colour, very nice mocca head. Aroma of cocoa, lactose, coffee, cinnemon. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter, very well balanced. Medium body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation. its very nice, only the aftertaste has a slight iron/blood kinda flavour, but its still very nice to drink
melush (1164) - SPAIN - APR 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 35,5cl / Botella 35,5cl.
@ XXXII The Great Power of Beer & Wine.
A: Black / Negro.
T/S: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sweet / Malta tostada, cafe, chocolate, dulce.