superspak (4388) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, licorice, raisin, prune, light peat smoke, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, licorice, raisin, prune, light peat smoke, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, licorice, raisin, prune, light peat smoke, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
MaBeer1972 (1704) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at Brutopia. Served in a 12-oz tulip. Thick and black with a lovely deep tan head. Served too cold. Waited a while for it to warm up. Very chewy and tasty. Lots of dry roasty notes with just enough hop balance. Very nice!
BVery (9260) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Brutopia. Dark brown pour with a light beige head. Roast, mild chocolate, a hint of licorice. Not bad.
LuckyDog (615) - - APR 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very low roast. Very low bitterness. Fairly sweet. Not really my taste, but not bad.
Travlr (20242) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. ark maroon brown color, thick tan head. Nice aroma of fruity coffee, burnt licorice. Taste has burnt espresso, rich chocolate. Very tasty.
johnnnniee (3597) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Doherty’s Ale House Warwick.
Comes to the table a solid black with a thin tan head that didn’t survive the trip from the waitress station. Aromas of cocoa and light roast with a hint of cardboard and some light earthy hop. The flavor is sweet caramel chocolate and roasted malts. Light earthy hop, a bit of dark fruit and some alcohol as well. Drinkable, but far from my favorite imperial.
kathouse (1525) - Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably need to try some more for an accurate evaluation. Typical stout color and aroma. Roasted malts made this very dry and only a tiny sweetness balance for the finish. Body was not as big as hoped. Still pleasant.
ajnepple (4819) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GABF 2013. Deep brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Medium sweetness, mild bitterness. A little thin, but pretty tasty.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft @ Track 84) Served in a tulip. Very dark brown with a finger of tan head. Chocolate, coffee and fruit aroma. Mouthfeel full, fairly smooth, perhaps a bit dry for an Imp. Stout. Light, weepy but sturdy rings of lacing. Flavor of bitter chocolate and coffee, a bit charry at first. Bitter chocolate predominates, not too complex. As it warms there are hints of molasses and dark fruit. Decent but a bit underwhelming for the style. ABV pretty well integrated.