Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a nice thick creamy head. Aroma and taste is full of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, lactose and hops. Mouth feel is thinner than most RISs, increasing drinkability. Lovely, well-balanced brew!
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phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black. Malt comes through, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it was good, but maybe not as complex as some other top stouts. Maybe storing it for a while will bring out more complexity.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a brown head, aromas of chocolate and faint roasted malt. Carbonation is good, as well as the thick mouth full. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe a hint of dark fruits? Not too shabby for a Sam Adams.
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours jet black into the glass with a nice one inch mocha colored head. Much darker than I was expecting this to turn out. The smell is a bit faint with a little bit of roastiness. This taste is surprisingly nice, roasted malts and caramel with a touch of coffee. The beer is a little watery upfront but comes through in the end with a nice bitter finish
Iím very happy I got to try this beer. For the money its a pretty good deal. I didnít expect too much going into the tasting and left extremely satisfied.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours Black with a thin brown head. Roasted Malt background. A bit tangy and dry for my taste. Alcohol is sufficiently masked.
Holtguy (137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an Imperial Stout, but it lacks that potency or toughness thatís usually associated with Impyís. Thatís not a bad thing, IMO, since Impy Stouts sometimes are too much of a bother especially on nights when itís not 10 below 0. This is a beer that has all the characteristics of an Imperial Stout but itís a tad mellower, and I have to admit I like that.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle Pours dark brown almost black with medium brown creamy head. aroma is chocolate roasted malt , coffee.
taste is espresso some chocolate . finishes smooth with slight hop bitterness. decent .lacks a little in the flavor department..
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with a thick dark brown head that settles quickly. Aroma of dark sweet chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor starts with bitter black coffee, followed by chocolaty smoothness, and finishes dry. Smooth, almost chalky feel. Pretty good, and nice to sip.
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark, dark brown with a half-inch head into a snifter. Typical chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is more bitter than sweet. I prefer my IS more balanced than this. So so beer
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark oil black that thins out to a very dark brown color. Dark-tan head is fairly minimal, but with some sticky lacing. Smell is of milk chocolate, light caramel, and very light pipe tobacco. Taste starts with lightly bittersweet chocolate, and only a slight hint of anise, before opening up into dark roast coffee, bitter toffee, and mild cigar tobacco. Finish has a lingering roastiness and bitterness. More hearty than robust. Mouthfeel is full and fairly chewy.