drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boris pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. Bubbles shoot up from the bottle to the top of the glass. The smell on this beer is pretty damn nice. I was impressed from the start. It has a lot of the same characteristics of a lot of the RIS out there. Nice cocoa smell up front, small amount of coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. I would of love more of a coffee aroma here but overall nice aroma.
Taste doesn’t exactly match the greatness of the aroma but it’s still very nice. Roastiness comes through more here with the chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits rounding out the taste. The alcohol in this beer is pretty well hidden for being 10%. None of the ingredients really take each other over. Pretty damn balanced from start to finish.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick, coats the mouth. Carbonation is fairly high here. There’s a pretty big bitterness.
egajdzis (5481) - 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.
Damico (2761) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler, thanks tom! Pours thick unclear brownish black dark with a creamy dark burnt caramel head. Aroma brings sweet roasted coffee malts and some crust. Flavor is bitter roasted coffee, clean but big on the palate with a smooth body for the high ABV. Delicious!
nimbleprop (5413) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a very inky, opaque black with some creamy, brown head. Nose has lots of red grape, rubber too, pencil lead, molasses, some yeast, chery, chocolate, even a little strawberry, roasty too. Flavor has cola, malt, rubber, roast, yeasty bread, a little mushroom. Full bodied finish.
jflopsu (719) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with thick brown head. Has a faint nut and roasted malt aroma. A smooth and thick beer with coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt taste. A creamy finish with a light coffee aftertaste.
Kabonski (38) - - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a great dark brown head. Not much aroma but the taste is great. Good alcohol burn. Flavors of smoke, oak, and coffee. Good beer for sure!
mstrcrwly (400) - New York, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle dated 11/3/13, poured into a snifter..opaque with a fluffy tan head..aroma of coffee,roasted nuts..dry,malty taste..pretty good.
Ron (2820) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a thick black brown with bubbly brown head and light lacing. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts and a hint of booze. Taste is the same but the booze is well hidden. This is a pretty solid imperial stout, nice and thick on the mouth, sticks to the tongue.
jgb9348 (4942) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a 95% opaque black glow and a very thin, oily deep dark brown head - fades very fast. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, alcohol, earth, brandy, cognac and mushrooms - very pungent. Medium to Full-bodied; Oddly watery taste at first gives way to some molasses, caramel, burnt sugars and a touch of earthy and pungent malt. Aftertaste is largely absent as well, with roasted malt, alcohol and water the major components - interesting. Overall, a very subdued and mild beer, especially for the style and even more unexpectedly - especially for any beer close or at/above 10% abv - it doesn’t taste like there is more than 6% here, aside from the smell. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on 01-November-2013 for US$2,99 sampled at home in Washington on 16-November-2014, a touch over a year after purchasing this one.
phaleslu (7105) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an opaque midnight brown with a small tan head that leaves some lace spots and streaks and settles into a ring and film. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little ash, dark fruits, tobacco, and earth. Flavor of dark fruits, roast, earth, tobacco, ash, and rust. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty, earthy mouthfeel. Leans roasty. Not bad but not memorable.
djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a medium creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is roast coffee, chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with dark chocolate, roast, bit thin, good.