AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ray’s in Tosa. Pours black (yes - as night) (as coal) with a brown head leaving streaky lacing. Aroma is big heavy vanilla-y bourbon. Later in the glass, there is caramel and chocolate. Taste has vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate, light roast, a hint of cherry and a - late showing under the bourbon - decent caramel malt presence. Full bodied and alcoholly. Finishes sweetly bourbon caramelly, with a slight touch of roast. Some brews have bourbon and show it, some have bourbon and blast it. Blast here, without the complementary components to aid for top quality. Not bad, but disappointing in that this could be so much more with a better base. 14.2
commonmac (1061) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at Elevated. Dark black with little head. Smell is heavily bourbon with raisin coming through as well. Very warming like a shot of bourbon. Taste has plenty of alcohol presence. Plums. Some hints of chocolate. Agree with others that it’s a little thin. Almost reminiscent of a quadrupel but the chocolate notes and warmth bring it back to imperial stout. This czar can be conquered.
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours an opaque black body with a thin cola head. Boozy aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla with faint oak. Taste is chocolate and sugars with some bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes. The body is a little thin for the style, and the finish is somewhat watery/weak.
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Little thin but still good taste. VanI’ll chocolate nice barrel characteristics. Black pour thin tan head. Moder ate body light carbonation. Nice oak hints and some coffee.
spatenfan (61) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber. This is one of my favorite RIS’s. Very well balanced and not acidic or cloying. I get hints of vanilla, whiskey, and chocolate.
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter brown black with a tan head that left quickly.
Aroma is roasted malts vanilla some cocoa faint bourbon
Flavor is unique-a bitter finish. Trying to understand the acidity of this brew. It ithe hops? Or how it was aged in the white oak barrels? Whatever it is it actually works. Definite chocolate bourbon. Only complaint is that it is thin to the mouth compared to how I prefer my Russian Imperial stouts. Better than average. Would like to crack open a bottle again down the road to compare.
cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla with a slight booziness to it. Appearance is dark brown like old engine oil but poured with no head. After swirling it developed a one finger tan head that dissipated almost immediately. Taste is smooth milk chocolate vanilla bourbon with a slight acidic property to it, almost citrus.i found the flavor very enjoyable. Palate is slightly viscous with good carbonation. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and will pick up a few more tp drink and age. Cheers!
teemoney (95) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber into snifter. Dark brown/ black with light brown head thay diminishes quickly. Smell is lots os sugar, syrup, and toasted malt with a little bourbon (my brother: "I can smell the barrel"). Taste is very sweet, with some chocolate and faint bourbon flavors, and some roasted coffee in the finish. Feel is a little thin for the style/ abv, but by no means unpleasant. Overall, its not bad. Definitely not the best, but solid.
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Tan head. Little lacing. Aroma of chocolate and whiskey. Taste is sweet bourbon and chocolate.
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. black pour with a small tan head. robust aroma of raison, toast, smoke, light bourbon, tobacco. surprisingly smooth. flavors of toast, vanilla, wood, raisin, char, marshmallow. a hint of misplaced sourness. a bit highly carbonated. nice flavors though. i found this beer to be delectable, however, it does carry a hefty price tag.