piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of stewed fruit, some caramel malt, licorice, and a bit of milk chocolate. Flavors of plum, raisin, more stewed fruit, and a bit of roasted malt. Medium bodied with a bit of a short finish. Some similarities between this and Samuel Smithís Impy. Too many fruity esters for me, and not really enough hops or roasted malt. Still, itís a not a bad attempt at the style, and itís nice to see a Canadian brewery give it a go.
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, Jerc, and GregClow, courtesy of Jerc. Black, nice chocolaty brown head. Interesting aroma - oily, coffee, sweet - too bad it is mild. Really really good taste - roast, bitter, oily. Lovely roast linger. Huge flavour. Good stuff, certainly one of the best Canadian Impyís that I have had.
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 bottles shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of jerc. Pours a very dark brown with an average size diminishing creamy light-brown head. Very nice aroma of roasted caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavour of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, coffee and some alcohol. Medium bodied. This is really good!
Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black core, coffee head. Molasses, caramel, roast barley aroma. Alcohol, sweet coffee/chocolate malt. Chewey. Very true to style, and not for the faint of heart. Bieropholie/MacAuslan blend? Or did OKBeer already say that? Needs a new label.
brufrog (15) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very Good example of the style
Chocolate, fruit in nose, bitter chocolate on The palate, with a touch of coffee
Very Dry, full body that holds alcohol well
Well balanced. Good stuff!
oakbluff (409) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Okbeer straight from Halifax. The pours out an excellent color and head for the style. Exceptional looking impy stout. Aroma is mostly muted coffee. Didnít get much else, other than a fruity like smell?? Has a nice solid mouthfeel- lively roasted malts with some other sweet tastes- amost like smores -chocolate and marshmellows. Hops are there but in a supporting role. The roast in the malts shows up more on the finish. Thereís still some sort of fruity flavour Iím picking up that I canít place.
Its great to see a Canadian brewery taking a stab at this style of beer- so big kudos to this east coast brewery. A very enjoyable impy stout and it would be nice to see more canadian takes on this great style of beer.
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[216-20060302] 341mL. Dark chocolate aroma with a light tangy figgy fruit background and a bit of roasted malt. Black body that pours a big brown bubbly head. Flavour melds a coffee roast with medium chocolatey hints and some rich brazil nuttiness. Full body is nicely rolled out with mostly invisible alcohol. Overall, wonderfully blended!
jercraigs (7337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body with a good sized creamy brown head. Mildly roasty, chocolate mocha in the aroma is rich but simple. (8+) Dark malty flavour with understated dark fruit, moderate mocha and light notes of chocolate. Medium palate. (3+) could be more full for my liking but is lovely nonetheless. Very n ice! Many many thanks to OKBeer for sending this out this way. 8+/5/8/3+/17
pootzboy (1572) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle ( Thanks MM)
The Pour: Black as a taxmanís heart with a lovely fine pored chocolate cap that looks like an Areo bar...moderate retention though... and strangely, not great lacing. Monor points.
Demure, delicate nose...the smells you expect in a RIS are there but they donít jump out at you..cocoa, chared husk, molasses, tobbaco..all there but very delicately presented.
Upfront a great big chaw of patent malt is instantly balanced with juicy hops....mid palate the flavors develop; sweet cocoa, toast, figs, nuts, ...going into the long finish we get some drying and a wonderful sweetish- licorice decernment...light astringent "char" in the after taste. This beer absolutely hides its 8% alcohol till the finish where the malts and hops blend with it to give a very excellent licorice taste..
This isnít the most potent or pronounced Russki Imperial Iíve tasted, but it is one of the most drinkable and certainly tastes good fresh....no cellaring to mellow raw hop edges off this RIS. itís ready now and really tasty....itís dangerous how fast a few of these will fly down the hatch.
LadyCooper (100) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, blacker than even Guinness, canít see even a hint of light through it. Thin brown head and aroma of dark roasted, nearly sweet malt. Dark roast and coffee malts, solidly bitter finish, a little light in the mouthfeel, but canít even taste the high alcohol.