maniac (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color with a thin brown head. Light chocolate flavor. Sweet malty flavor with hints of chocolate.
pinkzambia (1294) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Now this is a smooth and powerfully seductive stout. The color is a used motor oil black/brown with a small brown head ring. It is thick, but not syrupy. Itís thickness translates into smoothness, like butta (butter for you non-vaklempt people). After the aromas of cocoa, the immediate taset is chocolate with a charcoal finish. But after a while, as the others have said below, I began to pick up on dried fruits like prunes and raisins. As for the hops -- who needs them in a stout like this? What I like about this beer for its style is that is doesnít go overboard. It avoids going kamikaze on the dark chocolate/coffee/charcoal kick and gives you just enough to get the idea. Then this is complimented by the prune/raisin flavors which I have not encountered before in a Russian Imperial Stout. Yum. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this true beer in the new year!
IndianaRed (1798) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours a deep inky black with noticeably high viscosity. Dark tan head that is creamy and full. Spotty lacing. Noce is very soft chocolatey and of prunes and cocoa. Noticaelby easy on the sharp bitterness that plenty of hops bring to the party in a RIS. Flavor was similar with lots of creamy chocolately tones. Dried dark pitted fruit and maybe tootsie rolls. Very nice smooth feel. Not over the top thick but buttery and slick. Very tasty new comer to the site. Thanks to Degarth for another winner.
Kinz (2968) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice black, brown penetrates the edges, deep tan head lasts, slowly fading to a ring. Aroma wafted pleasantly from the glass, the typical coffee, chocolate, and roasty notes complemented by something reminiscent of a campfire. Flavor matched, and introduced an element of slightly piney hops. Also a bit of vanilla and dried fig. This hasnít quite yet come together with all the flavors yet, somehow a bit disjointed, but still a very nice brew from these guys.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Penetrable black. Tiny gray-tan bubbles form a tight ring of head. Very soft aroma of wort, nougat, oats, and caramelized sugar. Some smoke, marshmallow, and vaporous alcohol, as well. Soft carbonation. Fairly oily. Bottle conditioned. Understated nutty coffee flavors blend softly with a fresh dose of dried plums and lightly gritty roast. Body is very juicy, but also quite wet and thin, which inhibits any vivid malt development. Coffee soon diminishes and reveals another layer of yeast and muddled fruitiness. Pinch of acridness and malt-derived tannins scrub the palate and lighten the already weightless body. Despite a late surge of alcoholic dryness, the vivid roastiness lies buried beneath the bodyís wetness. Finishes prevalently yeasty with harsh, acidic malt remnants and only a hint of tar, yet sorely lacks in roast and coffee intensity, which fails to enrich the pronounced nutty grains that prominently linger. Tastes and smells worty/unfinished. Even for a lower-gravity Imperial, this is rather timid and unrefined. Thanks, Kinz.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Mike, The_Beer_God.
Glop, glop, glop. Pours stygian black with a quarter coin thickness mocha head. Aroma is strong with dark chocolate and dried cherries. Head quickly fades leaving it looking like an oil spill in some ocean in hell. Very nice lacing. Flavor is huge burnt and roasted malt followed by dark bakerís chocolate, blackstrap molasses, espresso and some lightly sweet cream and dark fruit notes. Itís pretty still with a tiny level of carbonation. It has the feel of much higher ABV Imperials and if I lived close Iíd buy cases of it to imbibe when I wanted an Impy, but not a raging buzz. A very nice brew from Virginia.
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had some last night thanks to CAPTRON but went by the brewery today and picked up a case. My rating will be from todayís bottle rather than last nights scribblings. Pours opaque blackness with a foamy mocha colored head. Nose is fruity and very chocolaty. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, light alcohol, raisins, some molasses and faint vanilla. Taste is roasted malts, light molasses, milk chocolate, light vanilla, hint of creamed and sugared coffee, and light alcohol. Very nice! Mild hop profile througout this one. Body is silky and smooth. Mild carbonation feel. Finishes with lingering chocolate notes, molasses, light hop bitterness, a modicum of coffee, and light vanilla. Very nice stuff!