DrnkMcDermott (2856) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Bottle.Rating #400! So, Papa Grigori, we meet at last. A seductive deep roast flavor rises from that first sip. I detect a not unexpected raisiny note to you, and then something that whispers in my ear, "cherries." For something in such a tiny bottle, your taste is big and strong, deep and dark, deep and dark. Am I aware of your stoutish bitterness, that cuts through the smoothness of your malts. Yes, I am, Papa Perhaps it is from the time the Romanov partisans tried to drown you in the Neva.
So I made my fourth hundred reviews in a little over 4 months. That trip to Russia sure help me find new cheap beers. Still, pretty good for a homebrewer with cases of his own stuff to drink.
migajos (255) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hophenreich, Berlin. Just an regular RIS. Nothing outstanding. Aroma: roasted coffee, some vanilla, almonds. Taste: the warmer the better. Unfortunately served cold. Coffee nutty roasted flavours. Lacking some body. Pleasant beer, but I need some WOW factor in Russian Imperial Stout.
snick222 (2) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice balanced flavor, not too sweet or bitter but enough to bring the flavor out. The alcohol seemed to step on the flavor and smell a bit, but it is a very nice and drinkable beer
bartlebier (2232) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2x12oz bottles from Discount Liquors, WI 2013. Opened one fresh, one aged 1,5yo. Good thick, not overly viscous, vivid black pour with inviting beige crema. Vanilla-sprinkled Wiener Mélange coffee in the nose, a hint of the darker roast and berrylike liquorice to come. Aromas produce a just about right, nearly Old World balanced mix of tzarist deep flavours (thick chocolate syrup, prime bitter chocolate, vanilla) and the earthy peasant meadows beyond the palace’s pale: forest berry marmelade, shrubbery-stark resinous hops, touch of manure. Just right in abv, gets more caramel-forward with aging.
arn8897 (77) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a khaki head. Aromas of coffee and some smoke with malt sweetness but not overpowering. Nice lacing in the glass. Taste of coffee and some smoke with malt. Very nice stout. Medium mouth feel. Overall very nice example of a Russian Imperial Stout.
growler6 (23) - USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Superb. Worth a big sniff before every sip, much like brandy only better. The malt stands up to the bitterness, which often gets overwhelmed in other Imperial Stouts. Viscous, chewy and filling. It’s the cure for dealing with eight feet of snowfall in a month.
miyauchi38 (474) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
flying_pig (1051) - SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
This one was definitely a very nice imperial stout from North Coast but at the same time it wasn’t one that managed to blow me away or indeed to live up to the heights of some of the other American brewed imperial stouts that I’ve tried over the last few months. The beer was highly drinkable despite the strength, although some alcohol was noticeable throughout; an enjoyable beer but just not my favourite of the style.
Shanebrews (208) - Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the most aromatic beer I have sniffed in some time. The aroma absolutely explodes with dark rich malts, alcohol, and a light funk. The body is heavy and the taste is thick with roasty malt and coffee. The finish brings out elements of dried fruit like raisins or prunes. The beer hides its alcohol well and is smooth on the finish. There is a proper bitterness. Overall, a fantastic brew.
beersammich (63) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the best imperial stout I’ve tried. Very nice smokey, roasted feeling to it. Smell is great makes you want it right from the pour. Over all a wonderful beer. I had this from a bottle.
Iznogud (1207) - CROATIA - FEB 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nitro on tap at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Brooklyn. Pours black with medium creamy dense brownish head. Roasted malts, chocolate, hops in aroma. Chocolate and roasted malts in flavor, medium sweetness, bitterish coffee finish. Quite drinkable for style and abv. Very good.