SSSteve (3906) - - JUN 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black with a very small head. milk chocolate aroma with a definite anise scent and some graham cracker. unique flavor with graham, chocolate and anise. reminds me of a christmas cookie. i canít control myself around anise(and basil), so this beer is no exception. awesome. i didnít notice much oak though.
Rustyham (1781) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at a tasting with IlliniSmitty. This was not nearly as hefty or full-bodies as the original Russian Imp. Stout from Stone, but it was a nice, roasty sipper. More along the lines of a black IPA, maybe even a baltic porter. Light, crisp, roasty, and the anise flavor was very nice- not overpowering but definitely noticeable.
Beaver (1413) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours an opaque inky black with a small light tan head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is oatmeal, chocolate, roasted slightly ashy malt, and a little spice. Itís more subdued than expected.
The flavor is roasted chocolate with some black licorice and a bitter tarry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, I donít care for this as much as the regular version. It seems more subdued. I donít get much Belgian yeast other than a slight twang in the finish. The anise seems about the same as the regular.
MisterSparkle (29) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to wine glass at a friendís house. Aroma is very strongly anise, too much so. Flavor is, luckily, not following suit. But it isnít as good as the regular imperial stout, nor many of the other locally available ones. It was an experiment, but I hope they donít repeat this one.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has excellent retention. The aroma is pungent with black licorice and some dark fruits. The flavor is dominated by the anise, in addition to the anise there are raisins, biter walnuts and oak filling in the back and sides. The palate is full and creamy with lively carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering biter anise. Overall: Very tasty brew. A real sipper, i can not drink a whole bottle in one sitting.
drowland (6633) - Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
6/17/11. On tap. Black pour with brown edges and a small brown head. Huge anise aroma, too much, that reminds me a bit of sausage pizza. Sweet chocolate flavor with over the top anise and a bit of lingering coffee. Not good.
DialSquare (3195) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Tap at Proof. Not a huge licorice fan- but this was good. Light anise vibe. Standard chocolate and coffee imp stout tastes otherwise. Nice medium to thick palate. Top notch - liked it more than I figured going in.
bb (7255) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Big anise aroma with chocolate and light yeast. Big anise flavor with chocolate and light spice. Medium-full bodied. Chooclate and light roast lingers with anise and light spice.
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Strong anise aromas with dark fruits and charred grains. Decent roast, anise, dark chocolate, ginger spice, yeast esters and spices, with doughy malts, oak, mild alcohol booze and more black licorice tones creeping up in the finish.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 Pours black with an think chocolate-graham cracker head. Aroma is belgian yeast, licorice, anise, dark chocolate. Flavor is certainly complex. Dark chocolate bitterness, biting belgian yeast, a bit too much anise; the oak chip flavor is nice though. Iím not sure about this beer. It isnít bad, but it isnít great; it doesnít come close to the original.