neongolden (413) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(500mL bottle from the LC) Pours black with a tiny tan head, little lace. Nose has molasses, roast coffee, dark chocolate, fig, bit of anise lingering behind. Flavour sweet up front, chocolate malts with moderate toast, coffee with sugar, fades into black licorice, bit of wood and then dry green, almost menthol hops with roast at the finish, a little "fresh" at the end. Palate is thinner for the style, with carb that is soft but prickly, and the alcohol is buried. Not a bad RIS, but not quite there.
Beerenberger (1447) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of dark fruit and chocolate. Pours a deep blackish brown with no head. The taste is much like the nose - dark roasted malts, dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. There is slight bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation - creamy texture. Overall, a very tasty and enjoyable imperial stout.
solidfunk (4012) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good - a well-balanced imperial that exceeded expectations. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla bean, coffee and nut. Nice roast malt as well. Booze well hidden. Good palate, consistency good balance, not too syrupy. Pours black with very foamy head that doesn’t die and pours volatile. Some lacing. Taste is medium bitter with a small note of sourness. Bottle.
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a pillowy butterscotch head. Aroma is of toasted malt, licorice, vanilla and booze. Taste is sweet, with a lot of chocolate malt. Medium-heavy body, and a nice minty-bitter hop finish (Northern Brewer?). Solid imperial stout.
robinvboyer (3112) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolate, coffee, roasty, sweet malts, touches of soy. Good bitterness, awesome dark roasted finish, with some gret espresso, and slightly sweet soy notes.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours your typical motor oil black with a short lived beige head. The aroma is oddly spicey, cinnamon?, odd hop notes, then your standard black licorice, roastiness, coffee. The flavour shows the same odd spicey notes, cinnamon, licorice, finishes on a long dry coffee note. It’s not bad, it’s just strange, there’s certainly room for improvement.
DerWeg (1494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours really dark with tan head, smells like molasses rooty spice and tar, tastes unbelievably sweet and fruity for RIS with a deep spiciness and rich malts that show very little roast or chocolate. I don’t know quite what to make of it but it’s a good rich full-tasting old ale of some kind.
chris__hartley (274) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours dark brown with mahogany highlights; the head is light brown and bubbly. The aroma has notes of: chocolate, figs, alcohol, and a slight cracker. The taste is medium sweet that finishes medium bitter; there are notes of: chocolate, coffee, prunes, and alcohol. The palate is medium-heavy bodied, slick, with medium carbonation, and a long finish. Overall, definitely a good beer by comparison from the other Propeller products, but as far as a Russian Impy goes - just sort of boring.
Metalchopz (2286) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas are quite different from most Imperial Stouts I have had. Loads of dark fruits with some spicy hops (or just plain spices ??). The roasted malts are well-hidden in the background. Dark brown colour with red highlights, light-brown head, average retention and some decent rich lacing. Eventually, chocolate, caramel and anise make it out to the nose with hints of nuts. Not sure about the taste as well. Seems like the hop chosen does blend well with the rest. The roasted malt in the finish is nice, but the flavours are all over the place. Seems more like an Imperial Porter to me, but you get use to it in the long-run. Quite a different brew, for this style (kind of revolutionary).
kevinsenn (1079) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from LCBO. Pours opaque black with a beige head. Aroma of mostly molasses. Weird spicy flavour, maybe with a little bourbon and soy sauce. In the background are the usual stout flavours. Drinkable, but I was hoping for better.