boxofrane (2113) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from /Mari’s. Pours pitch black with a finger of tan head that sticks around. The aroma is bitter chocolate, minimal coffee, and maybe a little alcohol. The taste is rich milk chocolate with a big coffee finish. Thick, enjoyable palate.
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 [Bottle] Pours black with a small brown head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, in fact it smells like liquid brownies. Taste is loaded with chocolate again, which slowly becomes taken over with deeply roasted malt. Moderate bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, long finish. Not overly complex, especially in the finish, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Since I’m just getting over a cold, I’ll re-rate this in a few days.
Re-rate: Aroma more of a mix of chocolate and anise. Mouthfeel is still good. Taste is a bit of a letdown with this bottle, with the deeply roasted malt more dominant and the flavor overall not melding as nicely. Dropping it a couple of tenths.
CanIHave4Beers (3280) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a basically black with a medium sized tan head.
The aroma is nice, very chocolaty, mildly hoppy, overall it’s appealing.
The flavor has it’s charms, particularly speaking it’s bitter and fairly dry, a departure from the standard American Imperial Stout. The chocolate is nice, but it’s a little over bitter & the use of dark roasted malt seems liberal and the flavor it lends is fairly intrusive and out of balance. The beer is fairly boozy in more of a vodka kind of way as opposed to a ’warming’ kind of way. As the beer warms some licorice & more clearly defined hop character surfaces. The beer also seems to mellow and balance out as it sits in the glass for a bit. Less burnt character/more dark chocolate & cocoa.
The longer this sits in the glass the more I like it, a very enjoyable beer even if it gives a bad first impression.
smboselli (96) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yep, definitely dark. Dark brown head has a toasty smell. Roasted malts dominate, and I like that I can taste the alcohol a little bit and feel some carbonation. Good aftertaste
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heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Perfectly black body with a light brown colored head. The nose has some rich mushrooms and tobacco. There is also some almond. The body on this is thick and lightly carbonated. This tastes of pancakes and sweetened coffee. There is also some light roast and amaretto in the finish. A decent impy stout that is not cloying.
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
i’ve had plenty upon plenty of RIS beers over the years and after awhile they all look the same coming out of the bottle but even so, i was surprised at how black this one looked and w/ a huge toffee colored head to boot. really a great tasting beer that i particularily like b/c it’s only 8% and not some monster at 10+. good beer from the palmetto state.
deyholla (6644) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malts with some dark chocolate and a hint of nuttiness. Flavor has a strong roasted malt note with a bit of bitter chocolate and some coffee that comes out in the finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9700) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle received via trade with The BeerSommelier. Pours opaque with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, dark fruity esters, licorice, alcohol, and spicy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant with spicy hops and light bitterness, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish, though it does begin drying late. Full body, medium carbonation.
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured very near black with a tall, creamy, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, roasty, toasty chocolates, black malts, and vanilla.. warmer chocolate biscuits came through on the 2nd wave.. warm and well-presented. The flavor found more burnt black malts and fresh earthy bitterness than anything else.. some vanilla and blended chocolates as well.. picked up spicy pine and black pepper on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied and silky smooth on the palate.. very well-balanced.. lovely brew!
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good rich stout. Yet very smooth with a velvety chocolate taste. Pretty sweet with a lack of alcohol in the flavor and aroma.