VAbeersnob (7) - Seaford, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer was quite good. This beer pours nice with a good 3 finger head. The aroma has a brilliant chocolate and molasses thing going on with it. The taste was very nice. It offers chocolate, malt, and a nice sweet taste. The body was creamy and not as thick as I was expecting. The finish was average, malty, and smooth. The ABV was hidden very well. Pretty good for a local beer. Good winter beer.
nuplastikk (4127) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber split with the Madison crew. Smooth chocolate tones, maybe a hint of licorice. Excellent, quite drinkable. Some oily burnt roast. Subdued, mellow carbonation. Some eastern European feels, light pungency. Interesting, not overbearing.
ben4321 (3560) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from jcos, 12/24/11, as St George Russian Imperial Stout
Aroma: The nose is roasty and sweet, some chocolate, caramel, and a little dark fruit
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with fairly foamy brown head and decent lacing
Flavor: The taste is medium sweet, roasty, with notes of chocolate and caramel, mild-to-mid bitterness
Palate: The body is medium (average for the style), with a smooth, creamy feel, and a soft carbonation
I put more then a few months of age on this one, but it seemed to hold up pretty well. Thanks, Justin, this was a rather solid RIS. It seemed to be on-style to me. They hit on fairly well at what they were attempting to do here. I would drink this one again.
JK (4284) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black. Very heavily roasted malt, and some soy sauce. Medium palate, but very light flavors and aromas. Disappointing.
BelgianBeerGal (3014) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh bottle from the brewery. Gorgeous dark pour with a huge, bubbly brown head. Big aroma of molasses, pecans and dark, brown sugar; reminds me of flavored oatmeal. Really pleasant flavor too. Starts a little sweet and then finishes with some bitterness. Full mouthfeel. I was honestly surprised how nice this was; complete surprise.
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color with a small head. Light roasty and coffee aroma. Light coffee flavor. Very thin.
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received 22-oz bomber via trade as St. George Russian Imperial Stout. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a fast dissipating tan head. Aroma of toasted dark malt, molasses, dark chocolate and soy sauce. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavors of toasted dark malt, chocolate a hint of coffee and some soy sauce. Finish is slightly dry with a dark chocolate and toasted malt aftertaste.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Skyview for this. A nice dark body with a faint layer of brown head. A very sweet aroma with lots of soy. The body is light as well. Very light, nothing really intense; just light.
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours black with a very little tan head. Real sweet nose, with toffee, brown sugar and molasses. Real smooth and sweet with medium roast, more brown sugar, and molasses. Smooth and full-bodied, but pretty non-descript. Pleasant, but unremarkable.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle
Pulled from the cellar on yet another rainy April evening this imperial stout had all the characteristics needed to be an excellent release. A fair price, a rich flavor profile, and a strong finish combine to indicate that whoever made this knew what they were doing.
Aroma / Appearance - Smooth and slick the black body slides around like coffee from a pot. The heavy head was the color of weathered oak. Smoky dark chocolate supports the other flavors well. Malt, plums, black coffee, and hints of ash take turns showing off the depth of this beer.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, vinous notes, and roasted malts emerge from a chewy mouthfeel. The maltiness sticks to everything and even lasts beyond the final sip. The alcoholic warmth shimmers at times. While this may not quite be on par with the best of the best it seems like the a great local option which is more readily available.