NachlamSie (3296) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 draught. This is even better than I remember. The pour is fairly black with a tall tan head. Nice strong aroma with dark roasted coffee, smoke, raisins, and hickory. This hickory presence is so strong in the flavor it makes me question whether or not the recipe actually includes it. Mouthfeel is pretty coating. A flat wall of bittersweet dark chocolate lingers with a cutting hop presence. It doesnít reach the level of a huge imperial stout. Itís more like a huge regular or perhaps a dry stout. Very good anyway.
[August 4, 2008]
On tap at UJ’s .Pours very dark, near black with an everlasting tan head. The aroma is heavily roasted, almost burned smelling. Hints of espresso, bacon, hickory, dark chocolate are present. THe mouthfeel is quite reasonable, sticky and full but not huge. The flavor brings more bittersweet qualities of espresso, soy sauce, dark chocolate, and a meaty, ashy finish. This is delightful. I disagree with the imperial stout classification here. Definitely reminds me of something along the lines of Shakespeare stout or Kalamazoo stout. Quite good.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a black body with red tinting topped by a thick head and a good amount of lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty, yet bitter, hoppy and slightly roasty. Full bodied, slightly dry and smooth.
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with a light tan head. The aroma was roasted nuts and some coffee with chocolate. Taste of strong roasted coffee and and a little milk chocolate. The aftertaste lingers. Thin body for an impy stout, more like a dry.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sampled at the í05 noogfest from a small íbarrelí. This tasted a lot more like an a dry/irish stout than an imperial. Very roasty.
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black appearance with a beige head. The flavor was loads and loads of coffee with some dark chocolate in the background. The aftertaste was very dry. Sampled from a coffee pot at the Clarion.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black-brown hue with a rich, creamy, brown head. Roasty, roasty, roasty, with some chocolate and anise. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderatley acidic, moderately bitter finish. Did I mention roasty? Medium-full body, creamy, moderate carbonation. The bottom line is: one of the best dry stouts Iíve had that isnít listed as a dry stout...
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the 6/2005 ĎNooga gathering. Poured from a mini-barrel/keg thing. Very dark. Opaque, with a frothy off white/brown head. I noted molasses, wood, and perhaps some soy or brinyness in the aroma. Had a creamy mouth feel that quickly evolved to a tannin/wood like mouth feel. The flavor had wood, burnt malt, coffee. Minimal aftertaste other than a lightly bitter coffee/malt hint. Not at all unpleasant but NOTHING like any other imperial stout Iíve had. This is a straight stout or a dry stout.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First beer of the day out of a mini keg at Noogfest. Aroma of chocolate nd coffee, flavaors much the same along with some nutty creamy undertones. dark chocolate and dry, with the alcohol flavor peeking through
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark dark brown, hinting on black. huge mountain tan head. more malts than hopsin the aroma. weird waxy watery chocolate
chronictonic (472) - 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.