DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - DEC 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 release 341ml bottle. Poured into a large baloon snifter glass...
Appearance - Wow, this looks rather unique. Very very dark brown body, so dark you will not be able to see any light through it. The head is surprisingly dark as well, of an almost brown colour. Great head retention and some very impressive lacing on the glass. Really, this is a perfect-looking RIS!
Smell - Just from the first whiff I could tell this beer is well-hopped. It’s got a floral aroma to it, but that’s not what this RIS is all about, since the malts still dominate the nose! Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of wood is what makes up the intense aroma this beer gives out.
Taste - Balance. This beer is all about balance. It’s well-hopped, giving you some nice floral notes and lingering bitterness. It’s super malty, but not to the point of being thick and chewy. Tastes very chocolatey and rather sweet, with a nice vanilla undertone from the oak, and some roasted coffee bean notes. A little bit of a tobacco-like undertone. The bitterness comes from both the hops and the roasted malts, yet it is not overwhelming and fades away gradually. The after-taste is bitter and chocolatey, with a hint of woodiness.
Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is exceptional, at least for an Imperial stout. Medium-to-full body to it, just enough to be felt and not enough to be hefty or too thick. Low carbonation level. Coats the palate nicely and feels almost creamy. NOT boozy, which is amazing and very pleasing. Moreover, it does not get very boozy even after warming up. Somewhat dry but not to the point of drying the mouth out.
Drinkability - This is a sipper, no doubt about that... BUT you could drink it in gulps, and it would still be as pleasant and drinkable. That would be a bit of a waste, though, since this is a special and uncheap beer.
Overall, McAuslan really impressed me with this beer. I did not expect it to be quite as good as it did. It is super smooth, complex and BALANCED! One of the finest Russian Imperial stouts I’ve tried to date! It is almost mind-blowing!
jennawood79 (367) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of bourbon and vanilla with some deep roasted malt notes. Taste is a nice and well balanced mix between some black chocolate with light coffee notes with lots of vanilla form the bourbon and a finish that is dominated by dry roasted malt notes (maybe a tad too dry even).
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
341 ml. bottle shared by Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. Thank you! 2011 Vintage. Black, tiny mocha head. Nose is chocolate chip cookies, mocha, light roast & faint soy sauce. Taste of chocolate chip cookies, roast, bitter coffee grounds, tad soy sauce, coffee, bitter finish. Lingering grainy. Lighter, tad grainy body. A different kind of RIS, very nice.
kraddel (3471) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with big thnx to Tom10101 !!!!!
Pours pure black, good dark head .
Smell is coffee, some bitter tones .
Taste is bitter , coffee , full, dark roasted grainyness . Rather light mouthfeel . Full, coffee aftertaste . Perhaps a bit too light for my taste , yet the taste itself is very good !
northropfrye (2248) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Tommy for this one. 2012 bottle: Dark black body with brown cocoa head and nice lacing. Aroma of bourbon and roasted malts. Taste is rich, kind of sharp even, very bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Really nice RIS.
gegwilson (1274) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Canada courtesy of Ellen & Malcolm. Inky black with a good tan head. Lots of rich bitter coffee and chocolate flavour, the coffee coming through really strongly in the finish. Very little initial sweetness, and it could do with some more to be really top class. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. A little spiciness too. tasty, but not the best imp I’ve ever had.
maximet (70) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a foamy light coffee top. Vanilla, woods, bourbon, black chocolate, great aroma! Nice bitterness in the taste. Well rounded, slick and not too carbonated. A great brew
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml (lol) bottle into a snifter on Canada Day. 2011 vintage. Pours a pitch black body with a dark khaki head. Nose is roasted malts, bakers chocolate, light anise and espresso with a lovely vanilla sweetness. Taste is big roasty malts and chocolate malts with a little vanilla sweetness and some dry oak on the finish, The barrel isn’t very noticeable but this is a damn tasty beer. Thick and coating mouth feel. This can really run with some of the best American RIS’s, probably even beat most of them too.
kermis (5435) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to Sic1314. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of licorice, roast, dark chocolate, smoke. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
Benzai (8548) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ DTE tasting thanks to sic1314. Opaque black color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste malts, bitter, some roast. Hmm ok but I’m not really nice.
sic1314 (3470) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At DTE tasting. Poured a murky medium brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, smokey malt, dark chocolate, coffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, light liquorice, a little wood.