GSH1976 (284) - Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours almost black like motor oil with a touch of tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and maybe some bitter chocolate. Taste follows the nose with roasted flavors and smokiness initially and then it transitions to a nice bitter finish. Body is on the heavy side of medium and very creamy. A decent imperial stout.
tekstr1der (332) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious! Black pour with lasting, clingy brown foam. Aroma is rich, with lots of roast and dark cocoa. Flavor is similar - very roasty, but never too bitter, with lots of chocolate notes and a mild sweetness mid-sip. Incredibly smooth from start to very clean finish, with just a slight lingering cocoa. Easily the best RIS I’ve had.
thepatrickman (530) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a RIS bought in a gas station, this really delivers. Otter Creek has gotten the highlights of Russian Imperial Stout nailed here. There are notes of roast coffee and caramel/toffee, and the mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Not as aggressively roasted as some imperial stouts I’ve had, but the caramel malts are showcased really well. Overall -- very, very good.
jsporrer (416) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head of foam. Roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee aroma. Syrupy, clingy, with a slightly oily texture. Nice strong lasting flavors. Not harsh or bitter. Very smooth finish. Hides the alcohol well. Solid.
rouhlas (2115) - GREECE - JAN 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, instant cold coffee, licorice, dark fruits, light chocolate. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
pineypower (2956) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours out black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of roast, chocolate, some light sweetness, some earth. Taste is solid, complex roast, chocolate, caramel, silky smooth body, some light burnt earth, mild coffee notes and a touch of syrup and some bitterness on the finish. Really solid, like what Otter Creek is doing lately.
Quick3Beers (749) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black from a bottle. Not much aroma, just a general roastiness. Flavor is a nice coffee truffle, rich, more bitter than sweet. Good beer.
SG111 (980) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black, thin tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet dark chocolate, some coffee, very roasted malts. Flavor is big roasted flavor, and chocolate. Coffee finish. Well done.
Bulk_Carrier (3344) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin wisp of tan foamy head. Gentle thin lacing slides into the beer.
The smell had a nice sweet to roasty blend of coffee, cocoa and a light amount of vanilla. Light bitter coffee grounds slide in underneath.
The taste was mainly sweet with a nice roasty to sweet blend of the coffee to cocoa once again. A light dry sweet to roasty coffee aftertaste leads into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed good as an RIS, as there’s enough dry and bitter roastiness on my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good RIS that I would have again.
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 (4617) - 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.