jake65 (3316) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, fresh 2013 vintage. Very dark brown pour with a modest brown head. Light bits of lacing throughout and a small head retained for the entire glass. Good roast and espresso notes, a little sweetness from the molasses. Bittersweet cocoa plays a minimal role, sort of overshadowed by the lingering smokiness. I like the amount of hops now, but in my mind this is begging to be cellaredÖ better make room next to the Bigfoot. Still, served fresh is a pretty fine experience.
Christian (12573) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2012, end of 2013. Black with a lasting tan head. Roasted aroma of licorice, coffee beans, caramel and dark sugar, with quite a bit of alcohol showing. Thick and sweet flavour with licorice and burned notes, and plenty of hop presence and a bit of warm alcohol. Classic American imperial stout, in no need of barrel aging and rare coffee blends...
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, 2013): Pours black with a lovely mocha coloured head. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, roasted malt, smoke, chocolate and a slight hint of alcohol. Flavour is very sweet dark fruits, chocolate, charred wood, choco-malt, vinous notes and again, some alcohol. Mouthfeel is fantastic and the beer itself is dangerously drinkable for 10.2%.
LearninBeer (460) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is malt - slight chocolate, slight coffee, roasty. Pours black with a caramel brown frothy head, mostly diminishing, very good lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy just a little thin, the carbonation fizzy and the finish bitter. Very good.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím surprised that this beer "only" scores a 92... what in the. Poured into a shaker pint.
Appearance: Pitch black. Tan head. Poured nicely. A bit of lacing, but not much.
Smell: Chocolate. Some smoke. A lot of roast. Not much in terms of dark fruits.
Taste/feel: Well, thatís some damn good stuff. Chocolate and roastiness, as youíd expect. Some smoke. Dark fruits in there a little bit (mostly as it warms), but not too much. Alcohol is hidden well as far as flavor goes, but thereís a definite warmth there. A bit more "harsh" than some other RISís, I suppose. The feel isnít quite as full bodied as some others Iíve had, which is a slight knock, but still excellent. Drinks a bit too easily.
Fantastic beer. Not much else to say about that. Underrated, in my opinion. Stands up well to some other, perhaps more popular, RISís.
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Near black pour with a quickly fading khaki head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and dark sweet fruits. There is also a hint of booze mixed in with the aroma. Taste is a well balanced delight to sip on, nice mix of dark fruit and maltiness. Overall a great beer, very well done.
alliance100 (1100) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours black with thin mocha head . Aromas of cocoa and dark fruits . Tastes of light roast coffee , dark cocoa and faint raisin/date/figs . Silky mouthfeel . Excellent imperial stout.
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arkurzynski (2169) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap Dublinís. Deep black with minimal head. Nose of bitter chocolate, roast malt, dark fruit, and pine bitterness. Flavor is roast balance with bittersweet chocolate. Again, a bit of a green, pine-citrus hop bitterness poking through. Coating mouthfeel. More hop presence than I typically like in an imperial stout, but still quite good.
Bule (1721) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Liquid Assets. Pours a thick black color with a huge frothy brown head. Roasted malt aromas. Smooth full flavors of toffee, roasted malt and mild hoppiness. Mild sweetness. A great imperial stout.
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a disappearing brown head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, soy, wood and earth. Taste has notes of currants, coffee ginger and nutmeg. Strong alcohol presence. Bitter finish