dmac (3901) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can thanks to hmmiexist. Ok I really like Oskar Blues and once again they put out a very nice beer. Pours a perfect looking super thick pitch black body with a large foamy brown head. Aroma wasn’t what I was expecting at all with notes of celery being very dominant and only a faint roastiness from the malts. Perfect palate with a super thick mouthfeel and light carbonation yet highly drinkable. This beer had the roastiest, is that even word, flavor that I have ever experienced. This was so roasty that it almost had a burnt flaovr to it. Once you get used to the burnt flavor this beer is rahter nice but that aroma, ewh. This one looks great but smells bad, pretty much like what you expect to find on a porno set.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foam Rangers January meeting. (Thanks to theisti for a can of this as well) Big roasted coffee nose with well roasted malts. Chocolate as well. Flavor is very creamy with a nice hop flavor in addition to all the wonder tastes above. Very nice beer.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
some guy from CO shared this at the Daze of the Devil Part II at HDG. Opaque black in color with a medium dark brown head-awesome appearance. Aroma: Chocolate, molasses, alot of roast. Taste is roasty with a ton of chocolate, and smooth molasses. Body is full, almost an oily texture. Hop bitterness is moderate throughout. Finishes roasty with a lingering hop bitterness as well as some dry chocolate.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wasn’t sure what to expect from a RIS in a can.
Glugs out slowly with a pitch black, burnt motor oil look to it. The head slowly builds its way up to a 3 inch foamy pillow with large bubbles on top that pop and fizz away. This is a vile looking brew... heh...heh...
Smell is rather subdued but it may be because of this huge ass head. Now then.. it has calmed down somewhat and there is that lovely smell of roasted chocolate and malt.
This is the best tasting RIS that I’ve ever had. Simply amazing! Dark roasted chocolate and cocoa dominate the palate here.
My wife, who doesn’t like "my beer", is in love with this one. Here’s hoping that I can get some more.
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, thanks Stine! Pours like motor oil with a dark tan head that left a ring around the glass. Smell was not too complex, mainly roasted malt. The taste was far better with a nice chocolate/roasted malt tandem that blended together perfectly. This initial taste then yielded to a great light hop bitter and roasty finish, thick mouthfeel. This was excellent.
larstangaa (104) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of everything that goes into a Imp stout. Sweet chocolate, soft, heavy, alcoholic - and lots of hops! Best can ever... (Tasted at the BASMOF Nytårskur 07/08 12-01-2008)
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I still cannot believe this came from a can! Pours black like oil with a tan brown head. Roasted malt and molasses/syrup on the nose. Syrupy flavor along with coffee and cocoa.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled numerous times most recently courtesy of Captain Cougar. Pours a thick opague black body with a pretty good sized, clingy, brown head. The flavors are big roast, with molasses and anise notes. The flavors are creamy milk chocolate, molasses, anise, mild coconut, subtle soy, and a big grapefruit finish that kinda lurks in the background until the creaminess subsides. Extremely dry aftertaste
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at PP bottle shop. Tim brought a can. Thanks Tim! I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. Pours thick like motor oil. Pitch black molasses syrupy appearance. Dark tan head of mixed bubbles that quickly fades away. Smells dry. Some roast in the aroma. Flavor is dry. Lots of chocolate roasty flavor. Mash at a higher temperature and you’ve got one spectacular beer. I’m not a big fan of dry roastiness, but this is well done.
Stine (1478) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 Poured from a 12 oz. can. Velvety black with a succulent head of mocha brown. Rich aroma suggests licorice, honey, molasses, and wet leather further down. Hot, with a hoppy perfume waft. Flavor sinks in with red fruit syrup and lots of full roasted African coffee beans of the most approachable and decadent type; this effects a brusque and sophisticated tobacco tone along with the characteristic rawhide and bonfire. Full body is creamy with oat texture, softly carbonated and long lasting at the finish; brisket, and more red berry, slightly tart. Rings out with the right touch of hops to complement the foundation of rich malt; a well-made, stellar example. Thanks Brad! 8/4/8/4/16 4
Updated with a full sample. Pours with a thin chocolate syrup consistency; body dense and black. Aroma of red table wine and caramelized sugar, licorice and brown sugar biscuits, graham cracker curst and baking cocoa. Tropical hops. Rich and reserved. Flavor is quite burnt, ashy and acrid initially, like a burnt prune and a raw beet caked in soil. Hops seeming soapy. Settling down nicely as the palate softens to the burly acidity and bitterness of big coffee beans. Vanilla malt. Peppery shades of Shiraz. The details really unfold as that acridity eases out, and the fresh citric acids and juicy meat undertones create a lovely impression of marinated barbecue over sweet smoke. Awesome, and amazing how much development this shows over the full course. Palate is creamy, juicy, and vibrant, like a laid back Dark Lord in tone. Seemed so dry and oppressive with charcoal bitterness at first, but the quality of this example is pretty inescapable. Thanks Dean! 8/4/8/4/16 4