tedovertu (289) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appears to be a Russian stout from appearance but lacks the thickness and hoppiness of a really great RIP. Rather weak head that does have decent lacing. Kind of has a dish water aftertaste. Very watery for a RIP. My least favorite RIP to date.
vyvvy (5302) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head that leaves pretty quickly. The aroma has lots of green apple, some toasted malt and cocoa. Medium / full body that starts smooth, then has an overabundance of sharp carbonation. The flavor has pepperiness, light roasted malt, milk chocolate, cream and spicy hops. The finish is cream and spice. Fair at best, but really doesn’t have the umpf for the style.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Beers of the World. black body, tan head. Nose is grapey with cocoa, toffee, caramel, green apple and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, acrid burnt malt, red wine, alcohol, dry cocoa. Bitterness, burnt malt & very dark toffee in the finish.
Cybercat (4635) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a solid near-black with a thick, frothy, rather persistent light tan head. Aroma is smoky with tones of toffee, molasses and coffee. Thick, rich flavor has unsweet chocolate, toffee and nutty components as well as hints of quality coffee and molasses with just a whisper of sweetness. Edgy, fizzy texture leaves behind a nice strong and rather persistent tingle.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a opaque, burnt brown with a very thin, dark beige film for a head. Aroma was interesting: sweet, fruit (maybe pomegranate?), tea, roasted barley, mild tart, faint booze. Taste: Roasted malts, sweet, fruit (maybe pomegranate), notes of tea. Long finish of roasted barley & malts, fresh fruits - all with a mild bitterness. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Overall a good beer: some depth, nice balance - not really what I would call a IRS… more of good Porter.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a sweet caramel nose with a touch of plum and raisin fruitiness along with some roast and dark chocolate. Starts with average fullness for the style and some sugary dark caramel sweetness with a hint of dark fruity complexity before a mild bittering hop presence and a dark chocolate finish. Could be a little fuller and more complex, but still an enjoyable and fairly drinkable brew.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured black with a small head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering bitter aftertaste.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nearly black, ruddy brown with a 1 finger chunky beige head that has good retention. Aroma is roast, dark fruit, ferment, raw walnuts, a touch of pine and chocolate. Flavor is roast, very sweet malt, dark fruit, and light nutty notes. Palate is medium bodied a little oily and moderately carbonated. Way sweet and somewhat lacking in complexity for an impy stout, but not bad.
Ron (3389) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Why am I drinking a Imperial Stout on a hot summer day? I am sitting in a cool air conditioned house reminding me of those cold winter nights when I really appreciated a nice stout. This one pours dark brown with thin tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor mainly of dark fruits and malt. Small amount of chocolate. Thin as Imperials go, but decent.
thegreenrooster (3811) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is dissapointing. Very weak with just a small amount of the roasted malt. Flavor is a little better. A decent helping of chocolate with a minor helping of coffee and roasted malt at the end. This is very weak for the style on the other hand this could be an Impy stout for beginners looking to slowly get into the style.