zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at Bierkraft - mahogany dark pour. Small tan head. Nose is rich malts and touch of espresso. Dark malts sweet decadent candy, toffee and brown sugar. Bubblegum note and chocolate chip cookie dough, milk chocolate shake. Roasty malts. Smooth, creamy body with the perfect level of carbonation. Sweet into the finish with a light piney finish. And a touch of astringency. Beautiful beer... it’s like all my favorite stout qualities packed into one gem of a beer. And barely any perceptible alcohol in the taste. Watch out, beertopia, in Soviet Russia, beer drinks spider!
MacBoost (1688) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drunk. Thin. Black. Roast. Astringent. High carb. Chugs easy. Put down 24oz in a few minutes. Buzzed quick.
BREWMUSKCLES (2507) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep dark with mocha head. thick in the body and with dense foam sensation. satisfying with rye, hop and smoke like meat broth is in there. some cocoa and sweetness. alcohol apparent.
RobBestwick (775) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Pours jet black in colour with a small rusty brown head. Taste is like an espresso with notes of dark chocolate and nuts. Thick and medicinal in texture with some warming alcohol feeling. Nicely balanced finish. Good stout.
thb (797) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick. It even sounds thick. Inky black with dark brown head. Smells promising. Boozy chocolate, dates, toast. Have a sip and you get similar - with perhaps a lean towards the toast end of the spectrum. Quite bitter start to finish, which balances the hefty backbone. Good, but would prefer with one more layer of flavour after the toast. Mouthfeel is luscious, but a bit hot. Finish is almost...spicy?
Bonus points for coming in 355 ml bottles. A bomber would be ridiculous.
kbudd19 (973) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black viscous appearance. Thick chocolate covered head with good lasting power, great looking stout. Aroma is dark fruits, ash, and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, burnt brown sugar, with a bitter roast finish. Really well balanced imperial stout, nice amount of complexity without being over the top.
VertBaconStrips (2273) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smellz wundrfel and poared out like a champ. The head was small due to a careful pour for no reason but it stays thick and gets new life with a swirl. Dark Brown and leaves a beautifully patterned lacing. Thick chocooolate, amaretto - less sweet and more almond, dates, some sort of creamy doped up coffee is blended up in this bizatch. It’s kinda comlplex in the way that there’s things there if you want to spend the time but not so much where the term ’mess’ even remotely comes into the convo. It’s a really soothing and calming aroma that lends well to thoughts of sitting on a warm beach in vegetable mode. This is pretty much a sipper. Slow intake in small amounts and the creamy full flavor melts in. Dark choco and coffee that never invades and imposes and if found more on the after taste than anything. Seems like it’s pure malts. Sure, there is a bit of bitterness right before the finish that doesn’t seem to be associated with the chocolate but that’s cool (kids still say ’cool’, right?). I need new terms aside from cool and calling everyone on earth ’dude’. I am fond of ’fucktard’ and ’asshat’ but other seem not to be. Those dudes are so uncool. K, after waiting a handful of minutes for the air to clear after melting my chair with toxic ass spew and testing the area with a Geiger counter I’ve deemed the area clear. The nuttiness is still here and a bit of warming made this bitterness I talked down show up more. Gets a touch of the ’ole booziness mid sip but that fades into a touch of harshness that wasn’t present before. It’s entirely possible that my olfactory nerve died during the release of concentrated plague. I’m sort of annoyed - I was really looking forward to this getting ultra warm and just sliding into my liver in silence but it has seemed to toughen up. It was actually better early on (after at least 30 mins in my RBSG ’15 glass). Early-ish aroma was king over any flavours and the dismantling of the dream scene. Enjoyed this, glad it was in a small bottle versus 650ml that would have given me the powers of flight.
BeerAndPonies (155) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Single 12 oz. bottle from the last of the cracked-open holiday cases from Sobeys Liquor, served in a nonic pint. I was going to make this review a kind of David Bowie tribute, until I realized that "Boris the Spider" was a song by the Who! I was thinking the Spiders from Mars...D’OHHHH!! But I swallow my goof, change my analogies on the fly, and press forward. Pours a completely opaque deep, dark chocolate brown, but with some flumes of carbonation visible from the very inside of the glass, and a pearly cocoa head with a brief retention, settling to just the top of the beer, and leaving some lace rings. Aroma is heavy with dense, dark chocolate, dark-roast coffee, dark preserved fruit like raisins, currants, and dates, roasty malt, and some fragrance of citrus. Toasted nuttiness, too. The sip delivers a wonderful, mouth-filling, thick, chewy, creamy texture for the roasted malts, cocoa, coffee with touches of cream, and nuts, all blanketing the fruit profiles, and including a nice, palate-awakening level of coffee-like bitterness. The slightest flicker of heat reminds you of its 10% abv Imperial Russian stout pedigree. Nothing off; no meat- or soy sauce-like traits. Don’t fall into arachnaphobia; enter this spider’s parlor and let yourself willingly surrender to its luxuriant, luscious web.
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Craft Beer Advent Calendar
Pitch black color, medium sized head. The aroma is mainly dark bread. Solid body, although the alcohol contributes to keep the sweetness feeling down; dark chocolate character; a bit leathery, with hints of oak and vanilla; smooth final.
patricks110 (2357) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good Imperial stout though more soft and smooth than I enjoy. Pours a dark, opaque and oily black with a thin finger of tan head. The nose is rich and heavy with cocoa and vanilla, espresso is light. A bit frutiy and sweet with ligt cocoa and rich vanilla notes. Warm finish and a bit bitter. Nice
RCx240 (194) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black, with a tan, foamy head. Aroma of freshly ground black coffee, roasted malts, whisky, smoke. Taste is bitter, rich, earthy, hints of dark chocolate. Finishes with a lingering smoky flavour. Full body, soft carbonation, slick and oily mouthfeel. Impressive.