Darwenus (444) - Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with no real head to speak of. The smell is faint, tones of coffee and rich malt. The flavor is rich and very mildly boozy, but not at all complex. There’s the coffee and the malt, chocolate and strong anise, all of which is good... but the brew plays it’s whole hand up front. Not at all bad, no problematic aftertaste, but as Imperial Russians go, this one is a bit pedestrian.
Arayaga2 (1710) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is mild fig, molasses and faint spearmint. Tastes like somebody bottled a bad big homebrew with incomplete fermentation and diacetyl. This also doesn’t meet my style expectations. $2/12oz
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, roasty, and chocolaety. Albeit a bit light in flavor and aroma, still not bad.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep black with a slight khaki head. Nose was not extraordinary, but the flavors were nice chocolate and malt.
HighlanderOne (934) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of raw grain and fig. Stoutly look. Coffee, nut, burnt caramel, a bit of booze and a touch of spice in the flavor. Quite drinkable. Gets a bit syrupy at the end. Quite nice.
monkeychugg55 (815) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
At least nine months old. Pours a medium to dark brown, black in the glass with a small ring of a beige head. The aroma is mostly roasted malt, with some coca and a touch of oxidation. The flavor is lighter than the aroma suggests, roasty upfront , but a little watery and sweet towards the end, with lingering brown sugar sweetness.
nbondi (197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very dark caramel brown with quickly dissipating dark tan head. Roasty nose of cereal, hay, dark dried fruit, and chocolate. Somewhat flat flavors of dark roast malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Not a lot going on. Thin, grain-forward, somewhat flat. Not good.
edgallow (1440) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is coffee and a the roasted malt comes through.
Lowe1983 (1304) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some citrus hops. Flavor is a has a little more hops then I thought there would be. Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate come out on the finish. Slightly bitter finish as well.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark brown (close to black) with a fine, light tan head that leaves thin, bubbly lacing. Sweet, brown sugary and graham cracker aroma with chocolate candy undertones - no overly rich or "thick" molasses notes - so the end result comes of seeming a little like campfire smores. There is a slight alcohol note, but not much. Semi sweet flavor, cocoa and caramel malts predominant, with mild smoke and peat. Moderately carbonated. The thin mouthfeel is a real detriment. A decent starter imperial stout.