demmbonz (410) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Easily the sweetest aroma Iíve ever gotten from a RIS. Very nice smooth palate with just a little bite from carbonation. Very sweet malty flavor for an RIS too. Some good bitterness from the roasted malts. I like my Russians a little íbiggerí but this is decent.
dfinney23 (1258) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This oneís all about the coffee, like drinking a 16oz espresso but you end up buzzed on alcohol instead of caffeine.
edgallow (1440) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, a little smoke and whiskey. Taste is malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of sweetness.
arkurzynski (1290) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heidel House Brewfest. Have had before, just neglected to rate. Deep black with mocha head. Aroma is mostly dark fruit, licorice, and some roasted malt. Similar start to the flavor that ends with bitter roast and coffee. Slightly grainy. A tad off, with almost an acidity that detracts a bit. Licorice is pretty apparent in the flavor as well. Lingering roast. Fairly thin.
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep black with thin off white head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Almmost reminiscent of a Belgian stout. Flavor doesnít dispell the Belgian thoughts. Sweet, fruity. Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of roastiness. Not bad.
ImtheSlime (10) - Norwood, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured black with a thin, almost one finger dark brown head. The glass wasnít clean enough, so it didnít stay, and thus no lacing. It smelled of dark fruit, malty sweetness, some roast, apple strudel. Itís sweet, dark fruits like raisins, apples and plums overtop light roasty malts. It feels thin with some light carbonation. This was nice at first, but a bit too sweet. Itís pretty light - good for after dinner even on a pretty full stomach. I remember this leaving a somewhat flat kind of memory in my mind.
sonnycheeba (2528) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, creamy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee, earthy hops, and light smoke. Flavor is heavy malt, light hops, and average dark fruit esters; dry, ashy finish. Full body with medium carbonation and warmth.
dwm1034 (544) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sampler part of flight at Lake Geneva Sprecher ... Pours black with thin tan head...not as robust or bold as one would expect from a RIS in my opinion...some coffee and mild chocolate...maybe a bit of rye...more like a dry stout....
curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is kind of weird, very reminiscent of a Sharpie marker along with charcoal, coffee, chocolate, lots of leather, sweet fruit. Taste is also abrasive, lots of leather again, licorice, unsweetened chocolate bitterness. Itís not awful, but it could use some mellowing out.
chandler0201 (634) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with thick tan head which had good lacing. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor of more coffee and slightly sweeter chocolate, good maltiness in mouthfeel. Nice example of style.