crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice thick and rich black hue with a about a half inch thick brown head. Retention was a bit on the light side but otherwise looked great. Aroma was a heavy roasted note,mainly strong coffee. Flavor was a great mix of creamy goodness, coffee, mild cocoa and alcohol notes. Nice thick mouth feel,yet somehow real easy to drink.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ink black with nearly an inch of deliciously brown foam for a head... oh thatís 5/5 right there. The nose has minor roast and heavy milk chocolate bar with hints of hop citrus, murky alcohol, and something odd, almost rotting. The flavor is sweet chocolate with a dash of roast on the side and minor licorice in the background. Thereís bitterness and minor salt lingering in the aftertaste. The body is moderately sized but creamy, not quite the bludgeoning I hope for with an IS. 10W-50 is fairly straightforward as a total package, but itís still quite tasty.
PhillyBeer2112 (2603) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic! About as dark a beer as I’ve ever seen - even when pouring, the stream was opaque black. Produced an appealing dark brown foamy head that left an even sheeting of lace on the glass. Aroma and flavor was surprisingly restrained, focused on roasted malt and dark bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is the main story here, with a big rich velvety texture.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 Can. Pours inky black with a nice thick brown colored head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, caramel, coffee. Flavor is again chocolate, coffee, cocoa, caramel, whoppers candy. Palate is ultra full bodied, mild carbonation, finished bitter. This is one fantastic IS. This will be benchmark from now on!
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very straight forward imperial stout. Aroma doesn’t knock my socks off. More caramelly than the flavor and the alcohol is noticeable. Flavor gives tons of chocolate and coffee. Very rich and thick. Finish is incredible. One-dimensional, but damn, it’s good at what it does.
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Can, Aroma is of burnt caramel. Pours a scary motor-oil black with a brownish-red head that doesn’t stick around very long. Achohol presence is makes itself known, and the flavor has a bit of heat to it due to this. It’s big-bodied and has a slightly moderate hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a well-balanced amount of carbonation. Good, but I don’t think the flavor warrents the abundence of 4’s I see on the first page.
agl108 (880) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. can. Poured an intimidating opaque black with deep brown head. Solid lacing. Incredibly rich with creamy mouthfeel. Approaching milkshake thickness and loaded with mallts, chocolate, and coffee goodness. And I don’t even drink coffee. Just the slightest hint of warming alcohol. Probably the best, most drinkable imperial stout I’ve tried. That earns big points with me...I’m about ready to grow a beard and move to Colorado because of this beer.
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ohh my goodness!!! best freakin canned beer I ever had!1!!!! dark brown almost balck color thick brown head nose is super malty with some coffee and choc also a good dose of booze thrown in. flavor is dark malt, coffee and choc again and some nice dose of hops with again good balanced alcohol, freakin fantastic beer!!!
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent warm dark chocolate, espresso cream on the nose. Thick velvety body intertwines with rich cream and coffee house. A bear skin of cocao powder, flourless cake, and Italian coffee evelop from the gums to the lungs. You can actually breathe this beer. The hop bitterness is hiding in the coat of the roasted malt and serves as essential background. Only on the outskirts of a lingering finish does any real sense of earthy hop exhale. Well balanced. The CO2 level is perfect and the head retention holds itís own without making a sound. Solid. One of the best Stouts Iíve had and the best of anything out of any can.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pitch black with beautiful tan head. nose of sweet roasted malt. flavor is tremendous with large contributions from chocolate and roasted malt. the most interesting aspect is the huge hop component that at times really is present in the bitterness which is remarkable for a 9.4% ABV. As good as a Russian Imperial gets. I’ve recently had Hitachino IS and Dieu de Ciel’s Peche Mortel and although it is difficult to compare it is maybe slightly better than Hitachino, but not quite as good as Peche Morter