haddon90 (1373) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep black pour with a thin, tan, lacing head. Strong coffee aroma with cocoa and smokey malt. Cherry flavor with dark chocolate and coffee. Very strong flavor.
baraciisch (1505) - USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black with tannish head... Aroma of roasted malts, alcohol... Flavor is coffee, roasted malts, alcohol is very prevalent in this... Decent, a little too boozy
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Shooter42 (123) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very robust imperial stout and my favorite offering from Sierra Nevada so far. Intense and dark with warm alcohol burn and toasty malts.
jeremyh70 (558) - Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Pours black with a hint of brown highlights, a half finger of tan head that disappears quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roast and a hint of dark fruit. Taste has cocoa and roastiness with some coffee and a dark cherry flavor. A medium bitterness that is both roasty and hoppy. Semi dry and moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is semi creamy with a medium body and carbonation. Solid stout with nice flavors but may improve with a little edge, allowing some of the sharper flavors to round out.
Doofgoblin (242) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great imperial stout! Aroma is bold, rich, espresso, faint chocolate, and a little boozy. Taste is coffee and rich malt flavor. The finish is smooth and delicious and very full bodied... really nice.
coolfunnj (298) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
strong aromas of coffee and chocolate,licorice,caramel bit of smoke and some spice... deep dark brown/black liquid allows no light thru with thin tan head leaves plenty of lacing..you get all the flavors of the aroma in the flavor along with a bit of dark fruitiness,vinous quality,and even a bitter hint of tingly hops at the end..kind of reminds me of old Rasputin with a bit more fruit and licorice flavor..overall if you like Russian imperials youll be very pleased by this
mrjaxson (265) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An appearance point for the bottle label artwork--really! Not only a great-tasting imperial stout with layer upon layer of chocolate and coffee sweetness plus a mild kick of hop bitterness, but a killer design on the label to set the tone for whatís to come. The first three bottles in the four-pack went down so quickly, itís going to be a challenge to hide the last bottle in the beer cellar.
icehawk (831) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Dark malts, chocolate hints
Appearance: Pitch black with brownish head
Taste: Dry cocoa, hints of coffee
Palate: Big coating mouthfeel. Very dry cocoa finish.
Overall: Not as complex as I had expected, but this big beer is very tasty and the abv makes this a very warming beer.
Doghair (217) - Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice roasted malt aroma. Good looking pour with thick tan foam. Big toasty malt flavors jump right out. Thereís dark chocolate, caramel and a little smoke. Nice lingering finish. The heavier mouth feel helps the flavors.
Easily one of the best imperial stouts Iíve had.
madsneergaard (75) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a small toasted looking head. Aroma: Very roasty - nice!!! Coffee, chocolate, burned/roasted bread, smoke. A really nice aroma. Well, maybe a great aroma, but an even better taste!!! Wow.. So much flavor! Pretty much the same as the aroma just a hell of a lot more of it. No taste of the alcohol but a little heat in the throat.
Mouthfeel is as close to being the biggest as possible without it getting there. Still, a fantasticly, nicely lingering aftertaste. A fantastic beer!! Would love to try this on some barrels! Wow, this is really, really(!) a hell of a brew!