chronictonic (462) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It must be VERY difficult to even contemplate brewing an Imperial in a state that is limited to 6% alcohol. IMHO, get rid of trying to call this a russian imperial and just call it a stout. When you call it a russian imperial, I want to compare it to other imp. stouts like Black Choclate, Storm King, Grantís and Rogue - and that makes this beer score bad - when itís really not a bad stout. Good roasted aroma with hints of berries in the nose. Light bodied and moutfeel is the biggest drawback - very little palate. Nice hop profile and use of roasted malts - but compared to other true imperial stouts, this beer is lacking. On itís own however, itís very good for NC standards.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft. very nice dark color with a tan head. aroma pleasant and inviting with aspects of smokeyness. This beer would have been a great dry stout...but to be classified as Imperial...just not enough oomph...enjoyable a good stout for sure, very roasted sweet but also dry...good
SpringsLicker (2933) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black although the light was too dim to deteremine opacity. Average sized creamy head, that suited a Stout.
Aroma when cold was of dark roast malts and some chocolate. Intensified as it warmed.
The flavor was full and roasty with minimal amounts of sweetness and a long dry finish. As I drank this I thought it must be a Dry Stout. I donít know if I would consider it an Imperial. If the alcohol was there it was completely hidden. Very drinkable and solidly brewed.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice coffee flavored stout. Dark in color and pours nicely from a 5liter jeg.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2004
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This was a stout that was just lacking all the way around. Overly carbonated and not good quality, it tasted more like a porter. Below average. Jet black body with a head that vanishes in moments, burnt coffee notes. I expected better and recieved less.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
really hoppy for a stout. coffee aftertaste that lingers a while. a pretty good imperial stout brewed in NC, the only one i know of actually. you can tell the alcohol is a little lacking since it is probably under 6%. poured from another 5L keg. thick creamy head. good beer
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sampler at the brewery. This was little watery for me for an imperial stout. If it was a dry stout it would have been better. I was looking for a little more roasty flavor.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the SunSpot on the Strip. Very good! Nice black pour with a thick tan head. Nice, solid aroma. Roasted malts, and a hint of hickory. Good taste. Kind of a dry hickory taste, hence the name. Pretty solid stout overall. A nice try!
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick and black, with a creamy dark tan head. Oatmeal and grain aroma. While it has a thick mouthfeel, the flavor is actually quite dry. Maybe a little more hop flavor and less traditional stout flavors like coffee and chocolate, but still quite good. Dusty dry finish.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, even on a sunny day. Nice thick tan head with aromas of malt and chocolate. Flavors were full and balanced-nice strong black malt tastes with some woody(hickory?) hop flavor. Dry, bitter finish, but easy to drink and impressive.