Blairgus (2190) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 aug 2013, bottle. Black. Nose is burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate. Thin body, mildly fizzy, a bit acidic. Oatmeal malt, acidic chocolate. Decent!
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rxeight (791) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, thick khaki color head. Aroma of roasted malt, a good bit of smoke and some licorice. Taste is very heavy on dark malt, has that stale euro dark malt flavor. Very low on sweetness, really not enough sweetness for my taste. Probably closer to what a true russian imperial should be but i need some sugar in there.
ben4321 (3347) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle shared by jcos, 6/9/13
Aroma: The nose has roasted coffee, dark malts, and some licorice too
Appearance: This one pours a brown-black color with a small light brown head and spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly heavily roasted with some light sweetness as well
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a clean feel, soft carbonation, and a dry roasted finish
This is a very solid example of the style. It has a good roasted malt feel to it, and it works quite nicely as an overall beer. The 10% is quite well hidden here.
jcos (1352) - Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Ben by June 9th, 2013.
Appearance: Pours black with red head.
Aroma: Aroma of roast and faint coffee.
Taste: Licorice, faint roast, faint coffee.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: Solid IRS. A lot of licorice, not as much roast or coffee in it. Solid.
ellolovey (404) - Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from growler. Pitch black in color with a thick marshmallowy mocha colored head. Tons of thick sticky lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and mil chocolate. Taste just like the nose. Roasted malts, bitter coffee, and sweet milk chocolate. Very well balanced. Rich an full bodied. Bittersweet finish.
mike5326 (468) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. Poured from a chilled bottle. Midnight black with a small head. Good stout taste although somewhat acidic at first.
gsmitty80 (1680) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer from a great brewer. Black as night with a high alochol aroma and some chocolate sweetness. Taste was bold coffee and chocolate with a kick. Blended nicely as it wasnt too chewy. Fantastic.
DCLawyer (1155) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle->snifter. Black with small light brown head. Aroma is subtle, with chocolate, coffee, ash. Taste is bittersweet, with licorice, molasses, roast coffee, smoke. Slick mouthfeel. Very good.
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: viscous near-black pour, one finger of thick, creamy tan head with a hint of purple, syrupy lacing. Aroma: chocolate, piney, herbal hops, espresso. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, resinous, slightly dank hops, a bit of mint, burnt black bread, soy sauce. Finish: bitter, syrupy finish with lingering roast and pine character. Notes: Typical and excellent RIS. Only thing that was missing was a prominent licorice note. Very good. Alcohol well-hidden.
PorterPounder (4941) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Augusta, Ga - Rooster’s Beak Restaurant - 12 oz bottle - Black tar pour with a medium thick khaki head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. Aroma offers brief hints of chocolate and bitter coffee but could be a bit more pronounced. Flavor has some hints of licorice, horehound candy, bittersweet chocolate, some eggy notes and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is leaning to the thick side. Pretty solid stout - improves greatly as it warms..