gringo332 (506) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
. Pours a pitch black body with light brown lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, milk, coconut, vanilla and roast. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of cream, vanilla, licorice, milk, chocolate and roast.
Voodoo (243) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep cola color with almost no head. Aroma is raisins, wood. Taste is booze, raisins, unsweetened chocolate, woodiness then tails off earthiness. Very thin for the style which really drops the experience.
DrSilverworm (4757) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle picked up from Party Town. Shared with b3shine. Kind of clear dark red brown color. Thin off-white head, sort of minimal, kind of bubbly. Raisins up front in the nose. Well... After the first sip, a little dark chocolate and brownie show up. Plenty dark fruit, still. Medium to bigger body, light relative to your typical American russian imperial stout. Smooth, kind of crisp carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, kind of bitter sweet. Lightly cloying. Meh. It’s not horrible. But nothing great about it. A "just barely" craft russian imperial stout. Certainly below average for the style. Tolerable. Doesn’t make me upset. Just unimpressed.
b3shine (4233) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks decent; a translucent dark cola with very thin light beige head and no visible carbonation. Smells solid; dark malt malt, dark chocolate, raisins, and mild roast. Tastes like it smells, but not as balanced; all raisin and no chocolate. Average on the palate. Not bad, but smells better than it tastes.
BrewHaMeister (69) - - FEB 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It’s a bad idea to start with a Central Waters and Goose Island Bourbon barrel stout and expect this to taste good. Not bad but not in the same league.
hondajunkie (86) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a thin beige head that quickly settles into a ring on edge of glass. Light notes of roasted malt, vanilla. Somewhat light mouthfeel, malt, hint of vanilla, some molasses,slight booziness. Leaves a slight bitter, chalky aftertaste. Not bad, hits most of prerequisites for RIS but needs more body.
alexsdad06 (4361) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Tmoney99 in Aug. 2012. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma had roasted malts, dark fruits and some dark chocolate notes pretty standard for a Russian Imperial stout. The only negatives were the body, which was a bit thin for the style, and the finish which was on the soft side.
Patrickctenchi (2902) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black, with a minimal tan head.
Dark fruit, cola, chocolate aroma.
Chocolate malt, old coffee taste.
Pretty light for an Imperial.
Chudwick (1715) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle - pours dark brown with light brown head that mostly disappears. Nose is roast and milk chocolate. Sip introduces metal, burnt coffee, and more metal. Silky body. Fairly bitter but not hoppy. boozy after a few sips. More of a rich porter.
Dinosaurobrew (7) - - SEP 2, 2013 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
couleur : noir tirant sur le marron, faible mousse
arôme : malt rôti, pain rôti
goût : chocolat noir, malt rôti, léger goût d’alcool. Définitivement cette bière manque de caractère, de profondeur et n’est pas réellement ce qu’elle prétend être, une stout impériale russe.
boxofrane (1849) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Mari’s. Pours a thin black with no head. The aroma is milk chocolate but very simple. The taste is lactic, roasty, funky.. not very good. This is definitely more of a high alcohol stout but does not have anywhere near the complexity of solid imperial stouts. Additionally, the body is very thin and seems cheap.