Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Fort Wayne release party at CS3. Very nice Impy Stout, but I didnít get much barrel aging from the taste. Coffee was present but not overwhelming, just how I like it. Closer to the true russian impy style with a bit more bitterness than I prefer, but like I said, nice. Some dark fruit and caramel in there, but also not as forward as expected. If anything, Iíd say this a bit on the mild side compared to many examples of the style being put forth by breweries here today. That isnít a bad thing though... this deserves being tried.
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure id call this a Russian imperial stout. More like a milk stout. Would have guessed in the 7% range. Lots of chocolate, slight bourbon. Flavors are light. Has a creamy mouthfeel.
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared at Mikeys big ass holiday party
Black with a medium sized tan head, some lacing. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Taste of bourbon, vanilla and leather
onceblind (4623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black rich pour under a thin khaki rocky head. Rich deep chocolaty molasses tone with a little licorice with some burnt oak and a bit of thick earthy roasty caramel. Thick sticky flavor with molasses and deep dark chocolate with some oak char and light vanilla/coconut. A little toast as well with a chocolaty finish. Quite delightful.
b3shine (5848) - Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster at Sun King. This yearís batch is 9.4% and 80 IBUs. Looks good; a fairly opaque darker brownish black with foamy beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Tastes like it smells with what seems to be a bit of oak as well. Sid on the palate. Could use more viscosity, but enjoyable nonetheless.
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black in color. Coffee, roasted malt, asphalt, tar, dark fruits, molasses. Very full bodied beer. Good.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour...nose is heavy on lactose sugar, dark fruits, coffee and some Heath Bar. Full bodied...very sweet, lactose comes through immediately with some black cherry, plum, vanilla and coffee coming through to finish it off. Good brew
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at Haymarketís Sun King Takeover (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich blackish opaque pour, dark and ominous with a frothy light brown maybe tan head atop, laces small. Dies to a film. Aromas are rich touches of toffee, vanilla, gentle roast. Some mellow sweet toffee, caramel. Gentle toast, some oaky elements really shine as it warms. Gentle kiss of dark fruit grows much stronger on swirls. Initial is offering mellow sweetness of toast, roast, some richer caramel, gentle dark fruit. Anise and some dark fruit, dry roast catch on into the middle and backend. A touch of stickiness and bigger malts offer some presence as we get there. Toffee, caramel, black malts. Gentle roast but sweeter stickier thickness. Vanilla, gentle oak dryness, and faint spice from the oak. A lot of brown malt, a lack of complexity, and a thinness through the finish turns me off a bit. A solid Imperial Stout if not a big vague into the backend and characterwise. Itís a bit forgettable.
deyholla (7008) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Haymarket. Pours black with a brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a bit of beef jerky with lots of roasted malts, dark grains and dark fruit. Flavor starts with a bit of oak, dark grain and alcohol and finishes with some dark fruit and dark grains.
orangesol (918) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kegatron for bringing a growler of this one to Stakemís Fish Fry.
A - Pours jet black with a decent one finger tall tan head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass. Pretty standard stout pour here.
S - Smells of dark roasted malt, charred oak, coffee grounds, bit of cocoa powder and a bit of booze at the end of each sniff. The roast is strong, threatening to overpower everything else.
T - Starts off with a ton of dark roast and some light chocolaty sweetness slowly giving way to hints of fresh brewed coffee, dark fruits and a good amount of charred oak. The dark roast continues through the finish, lingering on the pallet long after consumption. A little rough but the base is strong.
M - Big, heavy body with lots of dark roasted flavors and moderate carbonation. The roast is strong at the beginning and only grows stronger. The booze is hidden pretty well for being 10%.
O - A pretty good stout. A little too roasty for me, I like my stouts to be more well rounded. If they can smooth out the rough edges of this one I think it could be really good.