imaragingbull (549) - Sydney, - MAY 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with big fluffy tan head and lace. Aromas of caramel, cream, chocolate, coffee, toast and floral + citrus hops giving an almost orange chocolate sweet nose with some yeast esters hinting with some definite pitted fruit christmas cake aroma. Complex, medium full body, boozy notes up front with a malty chocolate, banana, light toast and near Belgian-esq. yeast clove and christmas cake/pitted fruit esters. Finishes lightly roasty acrid with a lingering coffee and complex malt sweetness rounding out.
Unm4rk3d (52) - Bowen Hills, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A coke looking stout, sweet smelling. Not very creamy, has a sweet taste with a hint of bitterness.
mkel07 (2516) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle from Dan Murphy’s. It might look like tar but it tastes a whole lot better. Thick black colour in the glass with a full thick mouthfeel.
Dervock (385) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours black with a tan head. Roast malt, chocolate and burnt sugar. Coffee, burnt sugar and malt taste. Long dry finish.
Rangi (494) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really nice full imperi stout. Pitch black off white head. Flavour of chocolate mocha and superb roast malts. Smooth
Gramoit (331) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Little surprised with this one, wasn’t expecting much at all. Alcohol hidden well, coffee, chocolate, some liquorice with lingering bitterness. Lacked the smoothness and the robust flavours of a very good RIS but still not a bad brew.
gam (2908) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biege head dark pour mild carbonation aromas chocolate malt vanilla liquorice toffee the flavours raisin dark sweet chocolate mocha like coffee hint of fudge liquorice medium bitter has some nice touches this stout the finish best tastes best tastes good sweet malts bitter finish nice coffee touch okay
Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice and black, but with no respectable head. Grand marnier, chocolates and herbal bitter on the aroma and flavour, with green tea, citrus and charred bitterness, coffee, and very thin body. More like a watery "Black India Ale" than a RIS.
Shawley (5) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great drop. Pours nice and dark has sweet coffee aroma with a nice malty choc flavour with sweet hop finish.
Sonod (4) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great stout, creamy head, pours dark black. Tastes of chocolate, sultanas, coffee and umps. Lingers long on the palette with a slightly bitter finish.
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KeefOz (624) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured an opaque black colour with a one-finger beige coloured foamy head that collapsed quickly and laced poorly. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt without any detectable alcohol. Taste dominated by mildly bitter roasted malts and a bit of sweetness – not as sweet as I’d expect from a 9.5% ABV. Light to medium body. Smooth but with a moderately bitter finish. Quite nice.