SPDickerman (955) - Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with with small brown fizz. Smells of rich, dark chocolate and coffee, espresso, maybe a touch of licorice or molasses. Tastes rich, bittersweet, chocolate and coffee. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Real Ale XV (15th Anniversary Imperial Stout) finishes bittersweet.
llcooldave (1082) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Caramel cola colored head and black in appearance. Dark cocoa aroma notes mixed in with some fresh roasted coffee and followed by a sweet alcohol ester. Really nice sweet roasted malt flavor and some sepresso bitterness. Dark chocolate notes as well. It kinda reminds me of an Oreo cookie (minus the filling of course). Overall, itís like drinking a straight shot of 100 proof Awesome. They need to brew this more often!
blm225 (8) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is actually a pretty decent stout. They are calling it a Russian Imperial Stout. I think they got this one right. It is very chocolatey with the hoppyness up front and not as much in the aftertaste. It is not edgy or harsh as some IRS tend to be. It has hints of milk chocolate, bitter oranges, and raw cocoa. with dark chocolate slight coffee aftertaste with a bit of sweetness.
It actually has good flavor at colder temperatures of 40 degrees but I recommend 50 - 55 degrees to savor the flavor change and complexity.
My tasting is the bottled version. I bought a whole case the day after trying this one. Highly recommended. Looking forward to trying the draft and Mysterium Vernum versions of this ale.
Crispy34 (385) - Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle. Poured black with a pretty tan head. Smells of sweet coffee and malt. The taste starts out as dark, dry malt, and then the hops settle in slowly. It is actually pretty interesting how the flavor unfolds. The dark dry stout flavor just melts into a slight hop flavor and finishes dry and a little boozy. The palate is just like all good stouts, so good palate. Overall, I am glad I bought a four pack. I will age some and see what else this beer can produce.
JakeSparks (124) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
the truly amazing imperial stout from texas. at first it was too big but after a few sips, amazing
mikedR (1222) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Scott O! This one is nice -- can't recall seeing an imperial in a 12 oz before. Deep black pour. Strong stout body: rich malt flavor and aroma, with no bitterness but a nice roastiness. Overall flavor I'm getting is stout-stout-stout -- and that's a good thing. Picking up some coffee and chocolate as well, tho I think that's to be expected. In a word, this is solid. I don't vote Republican, but this is a dubyah stout: no nonsense and quite sure of its convictions. Recommended!
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Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Gman FW. Pitch black, no light gets through. Light tan head. Aroma is dark malts, heavy brown sugar, milk chocolate and roasted notes. Flavor is dark malts, fairly bitter, some dark chocolate notes but man is this good. Well done for sure!
degbert (1123) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a long-lasting cinnamon head. Nose is dates, figs, strong tea, and spice. Taste is rich and malty with a touch of sweetness -- there are almost port-like notes in there, along with espresso and licorice. Finishes long, with the bitterness predominating. Pretty damned good.
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Saucer .. pours a deep brown .. medium foam .. roast and tar mostly .. way to easy to drink, just wish i could get a few bottles.. . is the perfect candidate, as long as the viewer can deal with cheeriness that borders on insanity.
GODiSSOUTHERN (362) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really tasty. Slick mouthfeel. Bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Nice citrusy bright hop feel on the finish.