Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served in a Westmalle chalice for no other reason that I need to break in the glass.
Rich roasted malt & coffee nose with everything an Imperial Stout requires.
Pours a clear but nearly opaque ultra-dark brown color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that has moderate staying power. Lacing and head retention could be a touch better. The mouthfeel is creamy and robust. The flavor, a clear í10í, is the high point of this beer. It leads with a crisp bitter bite on the front end, then a touch of sweetness, followed by a rich roastiness that persists through a delicious and wonderfully long finish. The only hint of the alcohol is a just touch of hotness combined with roasted malt acidity in my throat.
Since Iím getting more depressed by the minute that I didnít buy more when I had the chance, Iíll bump the overall
rating up a notch.
Rerating after a rich stew dinner (same day) - Espresso notes are more clear in flavor and aroma. Flavor and bitterness just ípopí from the beer and the staying power of the finish is just astonishing. Bumping overall up 2 to to 19 as I am loving the second half of this beer even more tha tthe first half!!
zenkis (547) - Ogre, LATVIA - JUL 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black beer with one way flavor- heavily roasted malts, even notes of burnt malt with just light hops character left behind. Sharp but as I like bitter from anything, it is drinkable to me. Although difficult to be enjoyable.
ginSmith (16) - - JUL 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of roast, not as silky smooth as other imperials that I really enjoy. The malt is dominate with lots of roast, the hops are light as expected. Like a strong coffee, itís intense, and delicious.
LuckyStrikes (2) - - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours slightly reddish, black with a magnificent head. The nose is sweet dark chocolate with a slight smoke roast. Not quite thick, creamy texture. Some sweetness but not too much-just about perfect-I don't like black coffee beer. Doesn't have the burning aftertaste of some stouts-nice smooth finish. Probably one of the very best widely available Stouts.
arnold931 (439) - Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with big tan head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is sweet with some bitterness.
Howlader (696) - - JUL 13, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
On draught and in bottles several times. One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts around.
dfearnley (881) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to goblet at RBAG14....getting close to,the end
Bourbon, coffee, and sweet malt. Dark reddish brown with a thin creamy off white head. Lots of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and toffee.
Bork (25) - Rockmart, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 Big, bold stout with lots of coffee and other roasted notes. While the 9% alcohol only shows slightly, this is anything but smooth. Great stuff.
tillmac62 (170) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a magnificent head. Lacing and retention are also outstanding. The nose is sweet dark chocolate, roast and hints of dark fruit and smoke. Almost full bodied with a very smooth, almost creamy, texture. Borderline normal carbonation level with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well balanced and a bit complex, but not as complex as FIS or Wulver. It begins with sweet dark chocolate which flows into a roast and hop bitterness. The middle has a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with an alcoholic burn at the back of the throat that lingers quite long. Less hops would allow the dark fruit flavor to materialize and add to complexity.
mixer006 (12) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bev. Rich, thick, dark apperance. Syrupy mouth feel, like a desert in a glass. Alcohol is apparent but well mellowed.
Lizardking3 (53) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells great. Pours huge brown head with blackish hue. Tastes roast and smooth. Delicious