mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well... it looks delicious poured from a 500ml bottle. Great frothy brown head. Taste is extremely earthy, almost gritty, and then transitions abruptly into bit of bitter malt. I don’t know the last time I had a RIS this gritty. Maybe it needed to sit for a while?
TheJester (2029) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle. I wasn’t as impressed by this one as I wanted to be. There is nothing wrong with it; it has all the requisites of appearance, nose, and taste for a RIS. But there is nothing in particular to make it stand out in a crowded field either. There is nothing markedly better that is regularly available at the LC, though, so I’ll probably get a couple more.
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, toasty a bit boozy. A tad watery and light in the mouth. Small head and a deep, deep burnt umber / brown. A very decent brew, but missing a richness. A bit too dry for my tastes.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
lukin (509) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours dark black, decent tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, vanilla, maybe a little whiskey? Taste is full, sweet roast, alcohol finish. Pretty good on a winter day.
OntBeerDrinker (463) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 finger head bubble brown,black beer can see a small amount of carbination if I look up close. Smell is chocolate,booze?,coffee?,hops? Taste is mainly chocolate but some sips have a rostedness and a bitter hop bit a little that can be sourish at times. Can’t taste the % but can terll it’s a stronger beer. heavy bodied. I like stouts and this is good but not the best one I had. Cheer’s!!!
neongolden (680) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, 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 (1551) - 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 (4774) - 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 (3357) - 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.