beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmm...this is a good one. Pours dark, dark brown with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells like you would expect: roasty, coffee, fruit, a bit of malt, anise, and a bit of hop presence. The flavor is similar. Not too sweet or cloying, very well balanced. The abv is warming, but not overwhelming by any means. The mouthfeel of this beer is creamy with small bubbles, fluffy bubbliness when swished. This beer rules. Some night iíll have to get a couple big bottles of this stuff and get tanked like a russian. Cheers!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle, for those who give a damn, courtesy of tpkenned. Decent thick pour and mostly opaque with some translucency around the edges when put to light. Midnight brown in color with a few isolated bubble islands for the head, but overall itís fairly desolate. One heck of a nose - heavy roasted malts, black cherries burnt to the pit, dark chocolate and Starbucks espresso. Flavor unfolds with a decadent dance of dark chocolate and French roasted coffee. Vinous and melding, with a thick, chew-on-this attitude. Some nuances of flame licked pecans and ABV accents from time to time. Good Lord, good palate, like hot wax slowly seeping in from the snifter. Full-bodied and a big boy. Finish is espresso-laden with an uncanny warming overlay. Smooth, balanced and mellower than I imagined, but damn enjoyable.
shrubber85 (9626) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Smells like an apple-raisin danish. Pours like thin oil - dark black with slightly tan head. Burnt chocolate, licorice, coffee flavors with a moderately astringent hops finish. Nicely drinkable and smooth.
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottle. Black color with a brown head. The taste is sweet and roasted with light coffee and chocolate notes. Very balanced alcohol body with a bitter but pleasant palate.
Reid (2178) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Early Summer 2005 release.
A very,very black beer in the glass..e veritable black-hole of an ale, small purple/tan head goes fast leaving minimal lace.
fantastically robust aroma of many things among them aniseed, liquorice,dark roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, prunes and a kick of alcohol.Tremendous.
Tset starts of smooth then tumbles into an enjoyable roughness were the malts dominate and dark coffee is the taste,some very noticable alcoholic flavours in the end, lingering liquorice bitter sweet tastes.
Very nice in the mouth, smooth then rough but never unpleasant, soft carbonation.
Wow a veritable monster but worth drinking, though Im thinking maybe a 16 oz bottle would have been better for me..ah next time I will drink with a friend!
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma had smokey, slight roast, and dark fruit notes w/ slight citrus and alcohol esters. The flavor was slightly sweet w/ dark fruit, smokey, and a hint of coffee, and chocolate. The beer poured an opaque color w/ slight lasting brown head and lacing. The mouthfeel was full bodied, well rounded, creamy and dry on the finish. This was the 2004.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a rich, thick, brown-black, with a creamy head that disipated quickly. Roasted malts aroma. Plenty of cocoa and coffee, nicely balanced. A bit dry in the mouth, and in the final swallow more alcohol than I was expecting. overall delicious!
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber 2005 version - Pours black and thick with a nice 1/4 inch brown head that looks creamy and sticks to the side of the glass. There is absolutely no sign of light getting through this one even when you hold it up to a bulb. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, plums, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is quite complex as well. Bitter roasted coffee, chocolate, a touch of smoke, and even a bit of vanilla can be found as this one is sipped. On the palate this is beautifully smooth and creamy. Thick and chewy in the mouth. It coats the inside of your mouth with itís black creamy body. Alcohol is just present enough to let you know that this one needs to be sipped and not gulped. But it is so hard to drink something this smooth slow! Stone never disappoints. This one is delicious.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Had to re-rate this after having the AleSmith Speedway stout. While this is a very good Russian Imperial, It can not hold a candle to the Speedway. This is fruitier and sweeter, with a strong alcoholic bite. I will not turn this down if put in front of me, but Iíll wish it was an AleSmith.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 22oz bomber in saratoga park, waiting for the DMB show. This stuff is no joke, my favorite dark beer. Extremely thick and smooth, with thousands of layers going on all at once.