Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle NIG thanx to OKBEER. The pour was thick and oily, with out much head. The small brown head sat on a very deep black body. Nose was caramel and roasted malts and coffee and dark fruits, ahhh nice! There is an immense dryness to this, nice amount of carbonation to help carry the flavors around the mouth, and the mouth feel was heavy and full. I have no trace of the 8%, very nice brew, loved it.
plaugher (103) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep black with a light tan head. Hefty roasty malt aroma overwhelms, with a hint of coffee and a bit of tire. Sweet maltiness with some coffee and dried fruits. Dry and sticky on the palate. Very warming and enjoyable.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very, very dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. Heavy on the roasted malt aromas with some dark fruit, licorice, and coffee. Dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and a hint of molasses. The flavor is a touch bitter, but has a lot of sweetness from the burnt sugar, licorice, and molasses. Big roasted malt and coffee, some dark chocolate, and a touch of alcohol.
jdobbs (225) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
his beer was born for greatness. Sent by English brewers via the Baltic Sea to the court of the Czars, Russian Imperial Stout was brewed to very high gravities and allowed to ferment on the long voyage. The result? A dark, strong and bracing brew, imbibed by Peter, adored by Catherine and now reclaimed by you, the People. Za Vas!
thorongil2 (924) - , Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) clear very dark brown colour with a medium tall brown head; aroma of stewed fruit and roast; sweet flavour with a long medium bitter/roasty finish; average
Quevillon (2345) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle purchased at the LCBO on Rideau and King Edward (Ottawa) on March 1, 2013. Black, medium head. Sweet coffee aroma, hints of berries. The taste is dry, a little coffee, but more alcohol, sour aftertaste. Not much of a revolution here!
Frothmeister (479) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown with a small mocha coloured head. The nose is surprising. A lot of dried fruit, raisins, dates, figs, with molasses, caramel, alcohol and a note that makes me think "spiced Christmas ale". As for taste, it’s medium bodied, and on the sweeter side of things. Starts sweet with the dried fruit notes, and opens up to a big hit of molasses, with almost a pumpkin spice undertone, wood notes, cocoa, and some very evident alcohol, followed by some mild bitterness in the finish. I like it. I would definitely buy it again.
cfrancis (2024) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a silky black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is deep roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Taste is smooth, nice body with roasted malts, some coffee and bitter chocolate. Easy drinking for an impy.
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 (1656) - 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 (267) - 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.
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