estover (80) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big and bready, full of dark roasted malt, cocoa, creamy coffee. Earthy finish.
SlovakSniper (4914) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 12 onces. Très beau stout avec sa tête mousseuse brune montée pour les grandes occasions. Le nez simple de café, de chocolat et de caramel est capable de ravir les narines les plus difficiles. Au goût, les notes riches de torréfaction et de chocolat plaisent rapidement à mes papilles. En bouche, voilà un corps faiblement remué par les bulles avec une texture légèrement huileuse. En finale, la robustesse du grain malté s’accompagne d’une très bonne tirade des houblons à l’américaine.
malrubius (2519) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Brewfest. Black with tan ring and lace. Bottle was filled within millimeters of the top--probably good for aging. Chcocolate coffee boozy woody hop aroma. Roasted coffee dark chocolate sweetness with nicely subdued fruit and roasted woody bitterness that cuts the sweetness beautifully. Full body and low carb with just enough to bite. I’ve been a little burnt on impies (and sours) but this is really great. The sweetness is kept in check perfectly for my tastebuds, and the bitterness and complexity are very enticing. Excellent.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Black color. One finger of frothy medium brown head. Retention is below average and not really any lacing is left.
4.0 S: Bright, potent aroma on this. Tons of molasses and layers of caramel. Chocolate, moderate roastiness, and black cherry fruits. Almost like a gingerbread like doughy/biscuitiness. Very nice.
4.0 T: About the same as the nose. Molasses, caramel, moderate roast, biscuit, chocolate, moderate, yet supple, roastiness.
3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and smooth.
4.0 D: Well rounded, very tasty brew. Can’t complain.
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TheHopster (1036) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle). Well described commercially by the brewer. Deeply roasted flavor with well hidden ABV. This beer would help any soul through the long Russian winter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black with almost no head. Aroma is rich roast and coffee, taste is similar with a slick slight sweet and alcohol finish
jgb9348 (5556) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super rich dark brown body with an oily black glow and a nice one centimetre tall deep dark brown head. Aroma of ridiculously strong oatmeal, nuts, earth and coffee with a less assertive prune, milk, chocolate and raisin sweetness throughout. Full-bodied; Rich chocolate and roasted malt notes at first with a surprising amount of carbonation, all with a deep pit fruit sweetness and some pungent anise and licorice notes to finish it off. Aftertaste shows quite the complexity with ranges from burnt to pit fruit sweetness and back to anise and permanent marker all finishing with a vanilla, oak, spice and especially alcohol burning finale. Overall, a nice imperial stout with tons of character and complexity but perhaps still a bit too dark and pungent throughout for me. I had aged my bottle for over 10 months and it still wasn’t long enough. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on 13-July-2013 for US$3.25 sampled at home in Washington on 01-May-2014 as beer #4501 as my 3rd rating out of 3 to celebrate the milestone.
Non-Vintage on Bottle // Bought in July 2013 // Sampled in May 2014
gnoff (9497) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at CBC Denver, April 10 2014.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, malty, roasted scent. Roasted, sweet, grainy taste. Roasted aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber. Pours black with tan head and nice lace. Nose of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Medium to full body. Big roasty taste, hints of smoke, espresso, some chocolate. Fairly strong hop bitterness
NikkTwist (2612) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip glass. Thick black pour with a small tihht beige head. Tons of great dark roasted malt flavors. Chocolate nibs. Charcoal grill. Burnt caramels. Hints of coffee and dark fruit, but the emphasis is on chocolate and ash. High ABV is well hidden. Smooth finish. Tastes notably less sweet than most Imperial Stouts - and that?s fine by me. Body is creamy enough to fit as a proper Russian Imperial for me - and I?m a stickler to that requirement. Missing some of the more complex flavors that a great Imperial should have, but the notes presented are right on the money. Was not expecting something so good out of this. Pleasantly surprised.