FatPhil (10091) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 27, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yikes, sweet aroma. Some burntness. Very deep red, small fairly persistent tan head. Simple sweetish palate, just some roast, not much more. Kinda thin. Is this a baltic porter (i.e. lager). The bottle says it’s BC, but there’s none of the life or the fullness. Finish does have some nice vanilla chocolate. There’s also some nice bitterness in the late finish, quite drying. Bit of a weird one, just a roast and some sugars. Does cover the alcohol quite well, but it’s not a good stout, let alone a good impy.
EHSRanders (1848) - Tjele, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour with small creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt with notes of chocolate. Nice flavor. Creamy palate.
gegwilson (1801) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the York Beer & Wine Shop. Pours mahogany with a big foamy cream head. Fairly sweet fruity aroma. The taste is rich liquorice and red fruits. This doesn’t have the complexity of some imps. Still an enjoyable beer with a nice creamy mouth feel.
The_Osprey (2845) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage, bottle #12848, 10%. Thin pour. Dark brown, red hue, ring of tan head. Aroma is card, chocolate syrup, treacle, light metallic. Body is medium, soft carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is light toffee, semisweet, dry finish with some ash. Quite a thin flavour but no alcohol showing up. Decent stuff.
GIJOE (771) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a frothy, tan head that stays long and leaves copious lacing. Nose is malty with notes of coffee and sweet chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter. Medium body, lively carbonation. Fairly nice imperial stout, but lacks the complexity of so many other RIS offerings.
Silvan7 (807) - Samarate, ITALY - JAN 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle nr. 3061 Vintage 2012 @ home. Birra marrone, limpida con bei riflessi rubino. Schiuma beige finissima, mediamente persistente. Aroma tostato, caffè cioccolato fondente, frutta secca (nocciole), ed un leggero erbaceo da luppolo. Gusto amabile all’ingresso, quasi vinoso, uvetta e toffee, poi sopravviene il tostato,il liquore al caffè e della liquirizia. Molto corposa, calda, sn troppo, l’ABV non è ben nascosto, equilibrata, decisamente rotonda. abbastanza armonica .
vyvvy (4540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a dense tan head. The aroma has dark caramel, smooth roast, licorice, sweet syrup, fruit juice and molasses. It has a fairly thick body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor starts off with smooth roast, licorice, light spice and cocoa. The finish has a weird harshness and sourness that is quite unpleasant. Reminds a bit of spoiled milk, This beer has some good things going for it, but the finish just kills it for me.
VamboladeTolly (522) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Pours dark deep brown with tan head.Aroma is sweet, smoked malts, blackcurrant, over riped cherries,some coffee sourness, dark chocolate- rich aroma. Taste is a littlebit dissappointing, malty, watery, light roast, light blackcurrant. Good beer, but bad Imperial Stout. Medium body. Nice hidden ABV is the thing i like.
Kauge (565) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as a gift, thanks Mait. 2012 Vintage; bottle no 8826. Pours a clear light brown, appears blackish in the glass with a strong chestnut hue (later as I’ve only got a few more drops in the glass, it sure as hell does not look like an Imperial Stout - more like a Barley Wine). Head was light tan, and very brief. Nose is nice - lots of roasted malts, caramel, toffee and chocolate, also nutty and woody notes. It’s very bitter too, but that recedes within minutes. Taste is surprisingly tamed at first, with quite delicate chocolaty roastiness and caramel, - quite sweet - then a wave of bitterness quickly buries the palate, finishing in a pleasant roasty-bitter effect. As it warms the bitterness is joined by a liquorice and anise kind of booziness. Surprisingly light-bodied. Mellow carbonation. Overall a decent dessert beer with above average complexity. As a highly regarded Imperial Stout I find it kind of sub-par though.
thirstyrabbit (1320) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #8473, 2012 vintage. Mahogany brown body, almost see-through. I have never seen the light shining through an Imperial Stout. Minimal head. Aroma has strong toffee and brown sugar. Thin and sweet mouthfeel - again, uncharacteristic of the style. Finish has sweet English hops. Okay, but the lightness of the body is somewhat odd.