Art (2846) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz 2007 release thanks to changeup45. Pours black with not much carbonation. I was worried when I smelled a slight tinge of sourness. All the worries went away with a taste. The sweet malty smell has gotten quite complex after 6 years. I can get some alcohol in the nose but it doesn’t bring any heat with the taste. Quite thick in the mouth feel. Goes down smooth without the huge bite of a new RIS.
PotjeBier (2421) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Beer Temple, sample size. I believe I had this only once before, early zeroes. Color is as good as black. Beige to brown uneven head, thin layere retention, good lacing. Aroma’s: roasted, light umami. Retronasal it’s roasted, red fruit, some caramel/toffee/brown sugar. Flavor is moedrate sweet, roasted (light sour), moderate bitter. Rather strong alcohol feel. Medium bodied. Finish is long, roasty, malty, moderate bitter.
ramboraffe (1669) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Thick oily black with tanned head. Loads of coffee, roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Semi dry with medium bitterness and medium to low carbonation. Solid Imperial stout!
GuideDogSaint (998) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Beer station, Xiamen. Pours dark brown black with a thin head. Aroma of roast malt, black treacle. Intense bitter sweet finish.
tekstr1der (328) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours inky black with half-finger of brown foam, almost as viscous as Ten Fidy. Promising start! Aroma is surprisingly mellow - just mild toasted malt and a faint nutty-sweet. Taste is amazing, beginning with a blast of roast, semisweet in the middle, never harsh or over-bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, much lighter than expected. Finishes a slight bitter begging for another sip. This stuff has danger written all over it. 2nd favorite by only a slight margin.
androman (1436) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beertemple, Amsterdam. Nose is roasty. Body is pitch black, head is small, brownish, creamy, average lasting, good lacing. Aroma is dark roasted coffee, dried fruits, dark chocolate. Medium sweet, heavy roasty bitter. Finish is long lasting roasty heavy bitter. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Not that heavy, tasty, great one.
MarcoDL (3626) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at beertemple. Black pour. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, sweet coffee and bitters. Taste of sweet malt, coffee, milk chocolate, licorice and a soft finish. Allright, but expected more.
Homer321 (3755) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Lots of deep tobacco in the nose. Earthy. Dirt. Faint molasses. Taste followed with hints of coffee. Fucken grate.
polo_marco (189) - milton, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee chocolate roasted malts and hint of booze. Silky rich dark black color. Super chocolatey some coffee and roasted malts with a hint of boozeiness on the backend. Creamy and smooth Full body stout with nice carbonation. Over all this is a big brew with tons of flavor but the boozeiness is a bit off putting. Not to shabby.
Zlotta (1197) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.15 l on tap at ’Beertemple’. Pitch black with a frothy, tan head. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, some hazelnut and hints of licorice. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty taste of dark chocolate, some coffee, hazelnut and a bit of vanilla, followed by a short, roasty-bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very tasty and round, no alcohol detectable at all, but lacks complexity.
drjoeng (619) - SINGAPORE - APR 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Classic Release.
10.6%ABV. Russian Imperial Stout.
Poured out black. 40şSRM.
Nose is sweet with the syrupy cloy of stewed dark fruit and prunes. Dark chocolate and some coffee. There is a spicy sweetness to it that is reminiscent of Japanese curry which tends to be sweet. There is also a sweet medicinal aspect to the nose which is described locally as the palate of Chinese cooling tea, or by the western palate as licorice.
Mouthfeel is soapy and almost syrupy. Palate is aggressively alcoholic. There are roasted malt and dark malt flavors of black bread, with an nice oat-y base. Coffee with espresso at the back of the palate, likely a function of the alcohol. Hard to tell if there are hops, which may be bitter because of the deeply roasted malt flavors or the alcohol.
Finish is dry and there is no ume but instead some nice sweet prune, dates and plums in the palate on the finish.
Overall, a very full bodied brew that showcases the style so very very very well. As the brew warms you start to appreciate more of the abundant grain bill with dark malts, roasted malt and oats which are somewhat left over that the yeast in the bottle didn’t convert to alcohol.
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