TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black with thin brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and french roast coffee. Very complex and the gravity of this beer cannot be hidden, except perhaps with age. Tastes quite spicy with a burnt taste. Mouthfeel is very heavy, oily, and very aggressive. Finish is quite long, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, and slightly sweet.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy God. This is a Stout and a half. Incredible size in every element in this Imperial. Indeed it warms the bones. I believe this is Stoneís finest craft by far. Typical super heavy coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolates in it, but wow are they brewed to perfection. Mouthfeel was syrup, but not too oily which is good. This stout is like a full meal in a bottle.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz - 2005 - Aroma is thick like every other quality in this brew, coffee, licorice, chocolate, and alcohol. Pours solid black with a very small brown head and no lacing. Flavor is heavy with coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Palate weighs a ton and sticks like glue. Very nice indeed. Iím excited to taste it aged.
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a wonderful medium-brown head.The nose is, as advertised, intense, with some fruit notes and a hint of anise. The mouth-feel is just what one should expect from an Imperial, oily and a little sticky. The flavor is outstanding, with chocolate, and currants up front, and a nice, hop-bitter finish to the brew. Truly an Imperial Stout to return to!
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Pours oily black with thin light brown head. Aromas of chocolate syrup, espresso, caramel. Tastes like coffee and some fruitness. The coffee taste is not overpowering like some imp stous. Real balanced. Feels full and rich in the mouth. Finishes bitter, can definitely taste the bitterness and it lingers for quite a while.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
May be the best imperial stout Iíve had. The head looks like pure chocolate when from the tap. Beer floats made with high quality dense vanilla ice cream are dreamy with this!!! (my new favorite dessert)
lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Limited Early Summer 2005 Release. No light shows through the opaque black pour. One of the darkest brown heads Iíve ever seen. Powerfully rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla beans and overripe plums. Packed with intense flavors. Starts off with some very sweet vanilla and dark fruity flavors and transitions its way to some milk-chocolate. Finishes with a roasty, black coffee bitterness that doesnít linger too long. Thereís also some anise and vanilla extract present at this point. Pretty well-balanced too. Moderate amounts of warming alcohol throughout, and in the end itís a little excessive. Thick and full-bodied.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 pours a thick black with a thin brown head, aromas of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol, flavor is a chocolate explosion, with some roasted malt/coffee flavor, this is a damn good stout.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours oily black with no head. Aroma is coffee up front, with some chocolate, alcohol and faint hops. Flavor more balanced than aroma. As the coffee isnít as big a presence. Lots of chocolate and some dark fruits with the same hop finish. My 4.1 isnít bad, but just doesnít compare to Expedition IMO.
kungus (15) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kinda congested today so I canít pick up the aromas as well as Iíd like...Still getting some black licorice and roasty aromas. Real thick head with some areas darker and thcker than others...fades pretty quickly. Certainly heavy...At first I thought Iíd be able to down it quickly but the density is catching up to me...I may have to savor it for a while. Not as much burnt coffee/alcohol bite as some Imp. Stouts. Very rich, creamy smooth. Slight hint of hops and alcohol at the finish. Look forward to seeing "Russian" back on the label next year!