elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black-brown, with a thin tan head that leaves some moderate lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and alcohol is very prominent. Taste is somewhat sour, close to tart cherries, with a bittersweet flavor in the background, coming mainly from an interplay of hops and alcohol. There is a flavor of roasted, burnt malts, but these are actually not as prominent as one might expect, and seem to abate as the beer warms in the glass. Mouthfeel is a bit on the oily side and is completely in line with the style. Overall, a decent, though not spectacular Imperial Russian stout. It is interesting that burnt malts are not more prominent, and, for better or worse, alcohol seems to drive this one.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black viscous body with a coffee esk tan head with a slight ring of lacing and light head retention atop. Aromatically malty and dark with coffee roastiness light chocolate tones, hints of licorice, ash, and a chewy body. Molasses and sweet malt tones. Finishes a bit drying with a roast y finish, medium warming and light bitterness.
Hangover (1076) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a one finger wide tan head. Aroma is pretty funky... Chocolate, raisin, licorice and smoke. Full bodied. Strong flavor, I get a lot of roast/coffee/smoke and not too much chocolate. Alcohol is a bit hot and noticeable up front but it fades. Burnt roasty finish, little bit of dark fruit and some vanilla lingers. Kind of bitter due to the strong roast notes. Different but good.
adrian910ss (2377) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a medium sized tan to light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet chocolate and cocoa powder. Taste of roasted malts, cocoa powder, sweet chocolate and a hint of warming alcohol.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz from Total Wine. Pours a pitch black with a thin tan head. Nose is nutty and chocolatey with heavy roast malt and a bit of vanilla. Chocolate up front with some malt sweetness then gets extremely roasty and acridly bitter, more in the style of Storm King. Slightly more bitter than say Old Rasputin. A decent impy but to roasty for my tastes. I was hoping for better.
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is definitely an imperial stout, but it’s a little reserved for the style. There are some American hops present, but it’s not a hoppy impy. It’s not particular toasty or rich compared to some I’ve had, but it is a good beer. The flavor is as little thin in the finish, but there is a lingering sweetness.
TomDecapolis (4569) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep black with a medium creamy tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, nuts, toffee and molasses. Flavor of toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, nuts and toffee. Some moderate hop bitterness and flavor. Well done RIS. ABV very well hidden. Not overly sticky or cloying.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Ravenous Pig. Very nearly pitch black in shade, the menacing body is capped by a thick, medium-brown head of stubborn foam. The head slowly settles to a thin but lasting blanket, giving jagged, branched out lines of lacing to the glass. Good looking beer. Prototypical RIS appearance. The nose is big in every sense of the word, from the monstrous, darkly roasted roasted barley, to the heaps of bittersweet baking chocolate, burnt caramel, toasted oats, and bold, earthen hops. Hints of licorice and molasses, perhaps even some dark fruit, lend complexity. A blast of citrus joins the earth in lending hoppy, resinous aromatics. Flavors continue this theme, intensely dark and roasty, loaded with burnt barley and chocolate. Blackened caramel and some fig lend moderate sweetness at the mid point, before hoppy, grassy, resinous hops slam the door shut with intense bitterness. Despite the boldness, it all seems to work harmoniously. Medium-full in stature, with moderate carbonation, the palate is peppered with warming alcohol that leads into a long, semi-sticky finish. Chocolate barley roast lingers for ages after the swallow. Good stuff. Very solid RIS.
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by drowland. Silky black pour, creamy head and an aroma of sweet milk chocolate. Flavor was also sweet creamy milk chocolate, vanilla and finished with a lingering chocolate mousse aftertaste. Solid beer and really enjoyable.
jtclockwork (9070) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose of coffee, roasted malts and deep chocolate. Taste is strong chocolate, coffee roast, vanilla and burnt malt. A bit of ash on the palate, some peat and lots of alcohol warmth.