TBone (14611) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 650ml PBFVIII
Deep opaque black, small brown head. Toasted, chocolate aroma. Medium-bodied. Toasted, some chocolate. A bit lame finish.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured 11/16/13. Oily; Deep brown black with a thin but resilient chocolate head. Aroma is lots of roast malt, chocolate, creamy, hints of dark berries, vanilla, sweet, savory. Taste is creamy, little chalky, nutty, roast malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, very mild bitterness at first; finish is bitter chocolate and some earthiness. Exquisite lacing, full. Carbonation is low. Mouth feel is full, oily, rich; but not syrupy or coating. Really a fine RIS. Well crafted.
MacBoost (1563) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours. Thick black with a nice dark brown head. Aromas of holy shit roast, a whiff of alcohol. Taste is inky black madness, roasted cock, some balls but a touch too sweet for real enjoyment. Finishes semi-sweet with just a touch of prison sex. No anal rape offered. I feel defiled.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown, very small brown head. Aroma coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Medium full body, harsh alcohol, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is roasted malts and mocha but overly sweet and hidden by alcohol with an unpleasant tangy finish. Seems like most people liked this one but didn’t work well for me.
nealblind (1184) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour tan head. Aroma of soy sauce, honey, grains. palate slight creaminess. Flavor of char and coffee.
DiarmaidBHK (3821) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Total Wine Sterling. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Has a bit of lacing in the glass. Big roasted malt notes on the nose with a hint of licorice. lots of roasted chocolate and licorice on the tongue. finish lingers a bit. Hides its alcohol well. This is a hell of a lot better than I thought it would be.
Chad9976 (1468) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 2/4/13 and cost $4.49 ($0.37 per ounce).
Appearance: Just looks thick and viscous flowing out the bottle. Body is extremely dark with a brown frothy head. It mostly dissipates, but does leave some lacing, which is impressive for such a big beer.
Smell: A strong aroma of dark malt, espresso, and milk chocolate candy. No alcohol presence.
Taste: Otter Creek is a brewery known for making pretty mainstream stuff that you can buy in the supermarket. I’ve enjoyed a few of their beers, but some have been unimpressive. When I heard several people recommend I try their Russian Imperial Stout I was surprised to hear it. Now that I’ve drank it myself I can see why everyone’s raving. This is a quality RIS that can hang with the big boys as it’s robust, complex and highly drinkable.
The first taste I notice is sweet milk chocolate. It almost seems sugary, though I doubt this beer is brewed with any actual chocolate or other additives. Beers of the style tend to have a strong red grape flavor, and while that taste is present here, it takes a backseat to deeply roasted (but not burnt) malt and iced coffee flavor, balanced by a strong hop presence. The label indicates the beer is 65 IBUs, which actually seems a bit low since big imperial stouts tend to be high in bitterness to balance out the intense malty sweetness. I think a lot of balance is being done by the malt’s inherent coffee and roasty flavors. There’s some alcohol warmth and flavor as it finishes, but it actually complements the palette quite well. I have to say I’m floored by how good this beer is, since it can definitely hang with the big names of the style.
Drinkability: A delicious imperial stout is a lot less appreciable if it’s hard to drink. Thankfully, Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout doesn’t have that problem as it has a soft, comfortable mouthfeel with a velvety texture. It goes down smooth with a slight hoppy bite on the finish, but leaves no lingering aftertaste other than some chocolate notes. It does not nearly feel as heavy its 10% ABV weight. Though there is alcohol warmth, it’s not distracting. That seems to be what separates a great RIS from an average one.
oh6gdx (23130) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled@PBF VIII. Deep ambery brown to black colour, small brown head. Toasted and some ashes with sweet alcohol. Flavour is quite much the same into a nice roasted and and liquorice bomb. A bit one dimensional
olio (8059) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours dark red color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, faint honey, pale malts and toffee. Flavor of caramel malts, rye, toffee,licorice and some cocoa. Dry palate.
lusikka (7594) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, cream, salty licorice and biscuit. Flavour of roasted malts, biscuit, floral hops, cream, some mild vanilla notes, strong milk chocolate and straw. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and really smooth and soft finish with roasted notes. Alcohol warms nicely. A bit thin, but really enjoyable.