PartyFowle (139) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational. Surprisingly thin and clear in appearance -- not as "dark" as the name would suggest. Nose is dark fruit-forward, with raisin, plum and a backdrop of sharper roasted malt. Flavor is very sweet -- tons of fruit. Raisins, plums, figs. A bit of earth as well, along with vanilla. Smooth chocolate balances the fruity tang. Body is silky, creamy and thick with sugar. Mild CO2, with gentle fizz and a noticeable but not distracting alcohol heat.
BreWedge (353) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Vampire. Pours an opaque black with a large mocha head. Aromas are molasses and black liquorice, and cured deli meat (umami). Tastes are black liquorice and molasses. Full body, huge flavour that hides the alcohol well despite a bit of warmth on the finish. I certainly enjoyed this rare vintage but rate a little lower than most simply because Imperial Russian Stouts aren’t particularly well suited to my palate.
JBPortland (1003) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle 2012 vintage thanks to adnielsen! Pours oily black with 2 finger mocha head. Nose is sweet earthy tar, dirt, cocoa, licorice, vanilla. Taste is surprisingly sweet, earthy baker’s chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, roasty malty cream, coffee bean. Nice silkly palate. Finish is sweet chocoalte, coffee, dark fruit, sticky hershey syurp.
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"i’m going to rate this one by comparison, mainly because it so closely resembles a few other elite (but far cheaper) hoppy russian imperial stouts. storm king is thinner, but has a similar flavor profile and aroma. yeti is hoppier, but otherwise very similar...maybe a touch roastier too. but this one was almost identical to goose island night stalker. if i had this in a night stalker bottle, i wouldn’t have guessed anything was amiss. the only difference? night stalker, yeti (12) and storm king (12) combined cost $15 or so. Darkness was way more. Elite impy with a huge roasted malt body and a slap of hops in the aroma and flavor, with a hint of coffee and molasses. Very good, but definitely a one timer for me...i can get too many awesome beers for that price! ok - i lied. had it again thanks to Travis. 2011 edition as oppsed to the 2010. not as hoppy...sweeter with some fig and dark fruitiness going on. Still very good. Maybe a tenth lower, but my original score will stand for now."
BenH (2764) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with massive thanks to Mike. Sorry Stu, they made me do it. Black with tan head. Aroma of vanilla and roast, some chocolate. Taste is roasty, vanilla and chocolate. Decent body. Balanced. Nice
symmetric (65) - - SEP 25, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and vanilla with a slightly boozy finish on the nose. Sweet and moderately bitter taste, very smooth mouth feel. Chestnutty finish.
GreatDane1632 (671) - USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Horizontal with some other whales: Dark Lord ’12, Darkness ’13, Cinnamon Roll’d Wake ’n Bake ’13, Hunahpu ’14 -- Poured into a snifter sampler. Second time having this beer and it is an incredible stout. Very "classic" compared to the other 3 listed above. One of my top beers.
mR_fr0g (4385) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, red session. 03/05/2014. Had two pours of this it was that good. Dark black coloured pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is big earthy, coffee, roast and some dirt. Palate is full bodied, creamy and melts on the tongue. Flavour is a revelation, full creamy, vanilla, booze, balanced smooth. Rich roast and some sweet vanilla. Excellent beer.
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too much sugar! Sugar overpowered the other ingredients! Had a 2011 and guessing it mellowed out, couldn't imagine what it tasted like fresh!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Clownoisseur (325) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage. Pours dark black, very oily in appearance and has a thin tan head. Aromas of molasses, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is fairly bitter upfront with the chocolate/soy sauce/molasses following quickly behind. Not as much depth to this as I hoped....and overly sweet by my standards. The mouthfeel was very thick and almost became too sticky for my liking. While this is a good beer, I don’t think it is one that I will come back to often. (Although, some barrel aging may do this some needed justice)