mojorisn (26) - - DEC 21, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing brew. Excellent lacing with tiny cascading bubbles; a true beaute to watch. And the mouthfeel is nice and thick in the bitter finish especially, like a wine loaded with tannins. But it all starts with the aroma with this one. One of the best i smelled in a while. Maple first with cocoa second and buttered rum close behind. Nice and roasty as well. Especially in the taste; roasty with bitter astringency, yet mellowed by a classic, natural old school sweetness. Think molasses, butterscotch; not the shite kind, but the old fashioned homemade pure stuff.
PS: I noticed the fall season in Ontario developed a unified surge of pumpkin beer all the way. Now in the winter, itís imperial stouts. And itís much better! And so far this my fave.
mabel (5183) - 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!
rejtable (1048) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well balanced head with aromas of caramel, coffee and maybe some chocolate. Light hops to balance. Exremely dark pour, medium froth. Heavy bitter taste that is pleasant, with very light sweet undertones. More carbonation than I expected, but it works with this beer. The finish is long, and bitter. This is a fantastic beer, top notch.
OKBeer (1168) - 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.
jercraigs (7182) - 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
Brewnoser (27) - 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.
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: no head, opaque and black. Low head but what there is of it is tan brown.
Aroma: Berry esters, licorice, and chocolate covered cherries.
Flavour: Dutch cacao, alcohol, coffee less fruity than the aroma, finishes suprisingly dry and bready. Biscuity and lots of black malt character.
Mouthfeel: Full thick body with light carbonation. Creamy and mouth coating.
Overall: Very nice, finishes dry for an Imperial stout but I like it better this way. Not cloying with a great roasty black malt character. Alcohol gives the finish a long roasty hang and a warming sensation that rises up from the belly.
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [ Courtesy of OKBeer ] Clear dark black color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy bitter and light sweet with a long duration. (Bitternes is chocolate / malt bitter, soft and smooth). Body is full to medium, texture is oily / creamy, carbonation is soft. ;o)) (081007)
IrishBoy (3687) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle from Porterhouse! New Province sampled! Nose of chocolate, vanilla, and some light raisin notes; black with a medium tan head; flavor is heavy coffee and light chcolate where the nose was heavy chocolate, flavor also containing some molasses and caramel; finish is lightly fruity raisins and a mild bitter note. Darn good RIS!
pootzboy (1569) - 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.