jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste mainly of dark fruits and malt. Minimal chocolate. Very thin. More like a porter than Imp Stout.
sthlm (1225) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours dark brown, almost black, with a dark tan head. Aroma is deeply roasted malt (charred), and coffee. Notes of green pepper and anise are in there as well, but the roasted malt dominates. Taste starts out with a blast of alcohol, but otherwise it is better than the aroma. Towards the end there is a lot of anise again, along with chocolate and roasted malt in the finish. Very restrained bitterness for an imperial stout. Medium mouthfeel--could stand to be a little thicker--but smooth, and good length finish to it where the char shows up in just the right amount. A decent imperial stout, but the aroma falls short, and nothing else really steps up to make up for it.
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pitch black with a thin, oily, rusty-beige head. Aroma is not so chocolate heavy, rather it almost has a mild dark fruit thing going on. Big and full bodied, but highly quaffable. Rather mellow carbonation, there is a slight syrupy sugary taste, but overall the end product is pretty smooth and creamy. Rather restrained hop-wise, with some burnt chocolate and coffee tones adding to the bitterness. Not unlike a Baltic Porter in a lot of respects. A touch uninspired, but OK nonetheless.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Many thanks to skyview for this bottle. A thick dark brown pour with decent head. Dark roasted malts with a hoppy finish. Some chocolate in there as well.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured lower-viscosity deep brown with a short cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted caramel and chocolate maltage with accents of peat and vanilla around.. greener earth and lesser peppery hops too.. sweet overall and enjoyable, but not so imperial. The flavor found sweeter chocolate, molasses, and vanilla at the core with touches of smoke, pine, and cocoa bitterness around.. sweeter on the front half with a spicy kick through the finish. Medium-bodied and sweet on the palate with a bit of a grainy texture.. light-moderate roast to it.. bitterness was light and fairly complementary.. very drinkable, but kind of like an imperial stout light.
gobeers (13) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a dense frothy head that holds up to the half life rule. Half the head remains after 1 minute. Looks like chocolate cream. Off to a good start. Aroma is half chocolate, half roasty and half caramel. Oops, too many halfs. A hint of hops in the aroma as well. Goes down smooth, rich and warm. Taste confirms aroma. Also, a typical level of fruitiness expected from an RIS. Well Done! Can I say that it has good drinkability or has that word been abused too much? Reminds me of Old Rasputin. I’ll have to check that one out again.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the 2010 Crescent Moon Extreme Beer Festival. Pours reddish black in color with a dark beige head. Weak-ass. This might be considered a "session" russian imperial stout. An ok caramel finish, but this lacks the style elements of a russian impy.
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the first time I ever had a stout of any kind from the Stevens Point Brewery. Just released at the brewery and sold in four packs at the gift shop. From a 12-oz bottle pours an opaque, nearly black colored brew with a thick and lasting tan head that even has some excellent lacing. Aroma of Cascade hops with a few floral ones in the background, toasted dark malt, a hint of mocha, and some light molasses. Taste is full bodied, not overly thick but still a decent texture. Flavors of both citrus and floral hops, toasted dark malt, creamy chocolate and just a hint of spice. Finish is silky smooth with a chocolate and light citrus bitter that quickly disappears and leaves a chocolate aftertaste. Any alcohol presence is well hidden. Definitely the best of the Whole Hog series.