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!
lello4ever (249) - ITALY - JUL 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colore marrone scuro quasi nero, schiuma sottile di un marroncino legno. Aroma dolce di malto, si apprezza subito al palato le note di caffè e malto tostato ben equilibrate. Consistenza piena, alcol in evidenza, bassa carbonazione, beverina. Una eccellente Stout con belle note date dell’invecchiamento in botte.
dfearnley (1245) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to stout glass
Coffee, bourbon, oak, cherry wood, smoke, and vanilla. Dark, opaque brown with a thin creamy, light brown head. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, wood, Worcestershire sauce, chocolate malt and a nice hoppiness at the end.
Vestergaard (912) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in blind tasting. Pours a transparent black with a nut brown, dense head. Aroma is malty sweet, but also has coffee, berries, chocolate and slight lavender. Taste is mild, malty and coffee bitter. Salmiak, old hops. Low carb, smooth but bitter body.
Klimaet (702) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Burspraks Blindtasting. Pours pitch black with a medium thick dark head. Aromas of sweet chocolate, fudge, light booze, dark fruits, vanilla, christmas hard candies. Taste is sweet dark fruits, booze, fudge, sweet licorice, dates.
bursprak (1378) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottle Share (pure imperial stout version). Pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is sweet, fruity and light roast. Taste has sweet candy, chocolate, licorice, syrupy and some coffee.
RasmusOtt (1551) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bursprak @ imperial stout blind taste. Aroma of sweets (flagermuse go bolcher - den er god nok), chocolate, Roasted malts and chocolate. The taste has some liquorice, chocolate and then the same kind of candy from the aroma. Dry end weak boozy end.
Homer321 (2755) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SlovakSniper. Poured into a tulip. Large brown head on top of a pitch black beer. Nose is roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, just reeks of a real stout! As the head slowly drops, there is a light brown lacing on the glass. Taste is slightly smoky with a tobacco note. Some underlying woodiness to it as well. I guess I should read the description on these beers first, as I was thinking the wood and smoke was out of character. Coffee comes through more as it warms. Damn this is good stuff! Overall, a very delicately balanced and well made beer. I wish I had known they advertised the smoke and wood before I drank the beer, as I wasn’t quite sure about it at first. It is a welcome compliment to a great beer.
jaseurboreal (15) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Très bonne bière. Découverte en 2012, j’ai acheté 4 bouteilles par année en 2012, 2013 et 2014 afin de les faire vieillir. La différence avec l’âge est assez impressionnante.
mmahut (1488) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours in deep dark body, soft carbonation creates a really nice tan to brown creamy head. Aroma has a lot of caramel, wood, whiskey, Taste has coffee sweetness, touch of vanila in the after taste, oak, medium woody bitterness, complex after taste of vanila and coffee with some dark fruits, really nice. Body is full, medium soft carbonation.
Countbeer (5309) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Thanks Steve: Vintage 2011: Served in a Chouffe glass at roomtemperature.
I’ve cellared this one for a while, today it’s the perfect time to open it.
Pitch black with a small brown head. Looks good!
Aroma has lots of liquorice tones (think bay leaf and laurel) with a faint whiskey note. Also some hints of wood, roast, dust, earth, chalk, some serious dark chocolate, light mocha tint and some dry coffee tints.
Flavour is earthy. Earthy when all lights go out! Very dark tones of liquorice, roast, coffee and wood burn, nut (roast), dry, light whiskey, light herbal roast, some dark chocolate, hint of mocha, hint of tar...
Very dark, dark roast/burn with a light earthy edge and a dry jacket. Interesting!
Aftertaste is bitter and dry with many different roast/burn tones like wood, malts and some coffee. Also a hint of chocolate.
Low carbo, thick close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied.