humlelala (1015) - - NOV 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(75 cl bottle of the 2012 vintage courtesy of Steasy66 - huge thanks!) Pours inkl black with big, mocha head. Beautiful lace and good retention. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt with notes of chocolate, dried fruit and a lactic hint towards the end. Full-bodied, softly carbonated, oily texture with a sweet, roasted finish. The taste is sweet enough that I canít detect any traces of ascorbic acidity or harsh bitterness from the roasted malt. On the other hand itís not so sweet as to make it cloying and undrinkable. All in all Iíd say this is a very pleasant and well balanced beer that Iím glad I had the opportunity to taste.
jstraw (1930) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerryís. Black with modest beige head, good fine lacing / Full body, light spritz, fat and inky, sweet with good balance and hopping / Flavors of prune, licorice, molasses, grass, chocolate, coffee / These big, inky things arenít my taste, but this is a well-done example of the style.
eduardovl (891) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml bottle poured in a snifter glass. Vampire bottle from 2010. Gray wax. Consumed in 2012. Iíve bought this one at the last time that I was in California.
A: First of all, beautiful bottle art, label printed on the glass. Pours a deep black color forming a medium beige head. Good retention and many lacings left
S: Sweet and roasty. Winy and fruity. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and wood
T: Follows the nose. Sweet chocolate upfront, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, wood and earthy hops in the end
M: Creamy molasses body. Low carbonation and nice bitter end
O: Very drinkable. Excellent beer
[ BA Review @ 5/25/2012 ]
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A veritable mix of roasted malts and hops. Cherry (the only thing I donít care for but a persoal taste issue) hint of sweet candy and bourbon chocolate and coffee. Smooth as all get out. A wonderful beer. Re-rate: 2007 Release at cafe twenty eight. perfection. Re-rate: 2008 bottle and it was even better. The hops are so bright. MMM Re-rate: 2009. Forget what I said about last years, this is the best by far. Itís a freaking pinetree molasses party in my mouth. The hops are soo much more prevalent then last year. Booyah!!! Re-rate: 2010 Not nearly as good as other years. It feels thinner and less of everything that makes it great. Its still good, but not outstanding.
PartyFowle (45) - - 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 (327) - 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 arenít particularly well suited to my palate.
JBPortland (848) - 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 bakerís chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, roasty malty cream, coffee bean. Nice silkly palate. Finish is sweet chocoalte, coffee, dark fruit, sticky hershey syurp.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"iím 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 wouldnít 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 (2403) - 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 (64) - - 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 (415) - North Dakota, 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 í12, Darkness í13, Cinnamon Rollíd Wake ín Bake í13, Hunahpu í14 -- 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.