jercraigs (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2015 2015-09-09. Black body with a small quick brown head. 3+ Aroma of dark malt, lightly dusty, mild cops and whispers of vinous malt. Flavour is richly malty, notes of cocoa, light bitterness balances the rich sweet core. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate, moderate carbonation. 3++ Decent. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo, NY.
Ferris (8442) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark sweet chocolate and light fruity notes. Deep jet brown with a decent brown head. Deep Roasty chocolate and sweet syrupy notes. Nice.
dfearnley (1364) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to 12 oz taster
Chocolate, milk, brown sugar, toasted malt, coconut. Deep opaque brown, with a 1/2 cm very creamy brown head. Taste is chocolate milk, caramel and vanilla.
Portermonger (1) - Alabama, USA - AUG 12, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice full head and body , tastes great , little strong. Overall liked it a lot a good beer to try but not going back for seconds or thirds
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superspak (3600) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got in a BIF from beerloserLI. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Berard (479) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Mild chocolate aroma over thick creme colored head that lingers. More chocolate sweet than coffee.
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Strykzone (5809) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle received from nimbleprop in a locals trade. Black as an ink blotter. A tan head. Not a big aroma but it is roast and dark malts. The flavor is bigger. Roasted notes with dark fruit and chocolate. It does not drink like a 10% ABV beer. Citrus fruit is generally sweet. Grape flavors are a surprise. The feel is powdery and dry but also has a syrupy aspect.
adasko (1076) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Czekoladowy, słodki aromat. Brak piany, czarny, nieprzejrzysty. Rzadki w ustach jak na RISa. W smaku ok, kawa, czekolada, delikatne żelazo. Zbyt cienki jak na imperial stout.
blankboy (6651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle (12oz)] Pours a very dark brown with an average size diminishing frothy light-brown head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, a bit of vanilla and light leafy hops. Roasty, slightly syrupy flavour along with light leafy hops, coffee and chocolate. Moderate bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat hidden. Average to medium bodied. Not a home run but pretty good indeed.
egajdzis (5650) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly opaque, black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate malts, coffee, dark fruits, light alcohol. Taste of roast, cocoa, more coffee, some dried fruitiness, and some alcohol in the finish.