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 (414) - 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 (5414) - 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 (7782) - 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 (1586) - 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.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (341ml). Courtesy of Biegaman!. Oily flat black pour, not much head, but pretty lush looking. God DAMN thatís a lovely oily, sour cherry dark roast aroma, very malty - yeah! Taste is not as sweet as the aroma, coffee and bakerís chocolate, oddly fast finishing but solid and not too bitter, hardly any booze character to it at all. Oily, silky mouthfeel, a little fruiy acidity on the tongue, Very solid stout, a little light for an imperial, but VERY drinkable.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Black, with copper higlights, thin ring of small brown bubbles leaving lace with mild visible carbonation. Aroma is roasted toast, with nutty dark chocolate and toffe-like candy hints. Flavor is initially bitter, opening up to a nice roasty taste with the hints of toffee. I found the mouthfeel is light for an imperial, but extremely palatable. This could be my new session ale, even though the session may not last too long
Sammy (8551) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 OK, you got me. That is, not one or two but 3 bottles sent by OKBeer. So I shared it out, more reviews and more fame for them. In a word, ovaltine chocolate milkshake. And a 5 on that. Great coco aroma, appearance, creamy taste and aftertaste--I mean 14 hours later, I am satisfied on chocolate. Not cloying, but sweet rather than bittersweet chocolate.
Not for everybody, as many want a balanced RIS, with noticeable bitterness or something opposite sweet.
Bobby, thanks again.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Re-rate, 1st batch from 4th week of January 2007 sampled 1 year later: Not much has changed. Flavour has a bit more fruit and raisin to balance out the roast and chocolate, but otherwise identical to my prior rating. I didnít expect it to get any better, but it certainly has held up very well.
<i>When the Revolution comes, I will be the first to rate it!</i>
341 ml bottle. Completely opaque dark brown colour with a thin but mostly lasting tan coloured head. Cocoa, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and fruity aroma with a lightly acidic note and just a hint of alcohol. Dark chocolate, roasty, coffee, nutty, raisin, and molasses flavours with a roasty, fruity, and lightly acidic finish. Full bodied, chewy but soft mouthfeel. As Imperial Stouts go, this one comes across as a cross between Bieropholie and Harveyís/A. LeCoq. And it works. Well done John Allen and crew.