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.
mstrcrwly (320) - 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 (2648) - 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 (4812) - 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 (6690) - 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 (3820) - 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.
outlawskies (428) - - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Julie. Will love this It is interesting aged not Carmel slightly sour overall she likes it it smooth not bitter
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Homer321 (2035) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brewtopia. Nose is a powdered chocolate and ovaltine with an underlying tar and tabacco. pour is pitch black with a medium brown head that dies and leaves a thin layer of bubbles on top. Taste is a sharp, bitter, almost burnt coffee that warms you up. Smooths out as it warms, but still is sharp and a little hot, like fusels and not just ethanol. leaves a stickiness on your lips but isn’t overly sweet, probably due to the high bitterness. overall ok, but I would like to see this mellowed out.
Tmoney99 (10958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average frothy tan head that lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.
alexsdad06 (5803) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Nimbleprop. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized khaki/tan head. The aroma and flavor have big roasted malts, dark Bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, a nutty character with some char and earthy bitterness to the finish. Lighter bodied than you would expect from 10%.
zaxtreme (10) - - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque darkness. Beautiful brown head. Nose is pretty boozy. Definite chocolate notes on the taste. Very malty. Roasty and just dark. Lives up to its name.