drowland (7112) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBWG 2010. Nice black pour with a wonderful dark brown head. The aroma is lots of roasted malts, coffee, char, smoke, and dark fruits, but there’s plenty of alcohol in the nose too. The flavor is quite complex with dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, sweet, and more, with a significant burn as well.
humulonimbus (10) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
i must be the only one here who didn’t like this. i didn’t want to finish my glass but i laboured through it. a friend and i shared a bottle and a dislike for it. maybe i got a bad one but it was very harsh and too thick. looked good but aroma failed to impress. salt and licorice and a sour metallic finish ruined the underlying vanilla and roasty sweetness. mellowed towards the end of the glass and some pleasing flavours emerged but too little too late imo. will benefit from aging i’m sure. would love to try it in 6 mo. but at $6 a bottle is it really worth it?
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341mL bottle from LCBO. Pours pure thick black with dark tan head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, and smoke. Thick creamy body with espresso, oak, and bourbon flavours. Finish is bitter, with a bit of alcohol coming through. Nice beer, would benefit from a bit of additional aging, let’s hope I have the patience to wait!
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brassin 2009. Bouteille de 341 dans un tube en carton achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié avec une pointe de vanille et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe de chocolat et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #2951)
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours black, with a dark tan head. Beautiful fruity, bready, roasty aroma. Great mouthfeel, lots of body. Flavours of roast coffee and dark chocolate. Nice bitterness in the finish that lingers. A great beer.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black with a lovely brown head which reduces to a foam ring in short order. Absolutely splendid demerara aroma - yum! I suddenly crave a butter tart! Sweet dark sugar taste - more vanilla & sweet than roasty, but with enough alcohol and hop bitterness to balance. Light carb, moderate body. This is easily the most quaffable imperial stout I have ever tasted, and I could easily drink several pints of it, at which point I’d probably die (but happily).
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Imperial Rusa
Date: March 12, 2010
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, light roasted, hint of dark fruits
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, lots of roasted, touch of milky sweetness, bitter dark chocolate, long roasted finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle aquired via trade with glouglouburp -- thanks!! Pours roasted black with a trim beige head. Smells and tatses predominantly of burnt coffee, dark cocoa, and tobacco. Oily, with further notes of vanilla and oak in the flavor. Nice.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, light roastiness, vanilla, subtle lactose, smoke,and maple syrup. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel.
TheJester (2244) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle. Deep, dark brown, with a small but persistent brown head. You get smoke and vanilla from the bourbon barrel in the aroma, along with some ripe fruit and espresso. The flavour carries on in much the same way, with the wood leading the way, but not overwhelming the other flavours. This beer does show its youth, with some alcohol making its presence felt from the tongue on down. I expect it will smooth out with some time in the cellar. Roast bitterness in the finish. Full bodied and perfectly carbonated. An excellent addition to the Canadian beer market. I hope that this isn’t the last we see of it.