rudolf (2324) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle received as a gift. Pours black with a nice tan head. Nose is big roast, charred malt, some dark honey, milky coffee. Flavor is burnt/acrid malt, sweet malt, overly bitter coffee, honey. This lacks subtlety and could really benefit from less burnt character. It hides its alcohol but I’d rather have something boozy and complex than smooth & simple.
tcane7 (1578) - 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
Gooball201 (22) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasty and very roasty. Good brew as most otter creek is good stuff. Almost stovepipe but apparently higher abv.
NikkTwist (1393) - 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.
bytemesis (2600) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium dark brown head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of cardboard, anise. Flavor is an improvement, light sweet, medium bitter, roasty, chocolate and rich on the tongue. Lingering bitterness on the finish. Fairly full bodied and creamy. Quite nice in the end.
bbbeer (543) - 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.
gnoff (7471) - 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.
TBone (11932) - 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.
dougefreezy (41) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, no head. Aroma of chocolate, plum, toffee. Malty, chocolate taste. Overall very nice.
Chuckaduck (610) - 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.
BoostIPA (1110) - 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.