danlo (677) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Black colour, foam beige head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of nutty almond, malt, chocolate, sourish. Taste is chocolatey malt with treacle, dark fruits, nutty notes and lingering roast bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, chocolate roasted bitter finish. Very drinkable.
carolinared (12) - WILSON, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites for this style; very complex aroma and taste but not too heavy. Smooth and balanced.
Erzengel (833) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Seanyfo for this beer. 355ml brown bottle, deep dark in the glass, dark beige head. The beer starts intense roasted, liquorice, brown sugar. The mainpart is mild, not too sweet, molasses, dark roasted aroma.
The aftertaste is long, malty-dark, black cherries, dried plums, a slightly stout-typical sourness is also there!
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zvsn (287) - ISRAEL - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Pours black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and dried fruit. Taste - a bit light flavours for the imperial stout, sweet, toasted malts, caramel, light acidic notes, low-medium bitterness. Medium bodied.
ThreeCats (485) - ISRAEL - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with dark tan head. Aroma of roast, caramel, and cherries. Taste of roast, chocolate, caramel, some sourness.
Pringao_Toribi (149) - Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 11, 2013
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It difficult to think of a more refined and well-made stout, smoothly scalates between the rich coffee flavour and the licorice and clamy aftertaste, very drinkable for a stout, and has an incredible and scrupulous label about fabrication, pairing with food...
Alextricity (375) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
$3.29 for a single at my bottle shop, but I really wanted a big stout that I hadnít had before... I went with this.
Appearance: Poured with an awesome brown head on it that eventually died down to a silky looking film on top. The beer itself looks black, but has a lot of ruby to it when held up to light.
Smell: Dark fruits. Dark chocolates. A bit of alcohol. Maybe even black licorice to an extent. Just a lot of roasty character.
Taste/feel: A relatively thick mouthfeel, but probably somewhat thin for the style is the first thing I notice. Then the flavor of a somewhat tart dark fruit comes through, followed by a very pleasant roast aftertaste. Most RISs Iíve had have a huge alcohol profile with a ton of warmth, an oily mouth feel, a pretty intense warmth, and so on -- given that this "Imperial" stout is only 7%, I donít get much of that at all... maybe thatís why I like it so much. Itís a big stout, but itís one that I could probably actually enjoy two of. With pretty much any other RIS, Iím more than fine after having just one because they usually feel so heavy.
The price is kind of steep on this beer, but itís pretty exceptional. For my preferences, this may be the best Russian Imperial Stout that Iíve ever had. At the same time, Iíd probably pick other options more often just because this oneís (fairly significantly) more expensive. Must try.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I have an English mate called Smith who loves this brewer so much that he named his kid Sam. They donít talk much. This is one of those beers Iíve had so many times that it was a surprise to find no rating here. The colour is to style and the added carbon dioxide ensures a fat head. The downside of an inflated head is that it subdues the aroma, which is mainly Milo milky chocolate notes, faint coffee and licorice and a whiff of petroleum. Creamy, vaguely unnatural body. Donít remember carbon dioxide on the ingredients list, previously? Reckon theyíve buggered this up. The CO2 deadens everything from the aroma to the flavour. No cut-through any more for a beer thatís 7% abv. Might make it easier to drink but at the expense of old-fashioned good taste and smell. Still, Iíll raise a glass to Sam Smith, wherever he is. Phone home. Your dad might be an arse but you only get one. He likes beer. Canít be that bad. (355ml bottle from DíVine Cellars, Wentworth Falls)
camborne (558) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malts with toffee and chocolate nose. Palate is similar with added coffee notes. Finish is smooth with dry bitterness
koleminer20 (189) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
550 mL bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a pretty tall tan head. I'm not a fan of that too much head on an imperial stout. The aroma is very chocolatey with some smokeyness and some residual booziness. The aroma is less chocolatey than the smell, but the roast and coffee come through a little more. The finish is very dry, and where the smokeyness begins to really shine through. Not too bad
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