boto (1908) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle: This one poured a dark, opaque brown color. Somewhat "inky". There was a small dark tan head and no lacing. Definitely some alcohol to the nose. Lots of other aroma: chocolate, roastiness, dark fruits, yet a bit subdued. Nothing really jumping to the forefront. The taste is good and a bit interesting. A lot of flavors coming together, but nothing really asserting itself. Faint dark fruits, chocolate, a hint of roastiness. No real sweetness to it. Interesting.
Iphonephan (3870) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Rustico Novemberfest 2013. Pours black with a tan head. Roasty coffee and chocolate nose. Smoky and licorice notes. Heavy bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Roasts bitter finish.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is relatively mild, but the taste is quite interesting. There seems to be a relatively strong IPA like presence, very tasty.
brystmar (1305) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
04/?? notch (maybe 14?). A bit oxidized; roasty deliciousness shines through regardless. A straight-up traditional RIS. Could always use more body; well made nonetheless.
Imaena (1928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. This is a nice thick and hoppy stout with great roasted malt flavor.
sherm1016 (1187) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Pinnochio’s. Pours a jet black color with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma is roasty, coffee, chocolate, black licorice. Medium to heavy on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate, coffee, roasty, ashy, with a bittersweet chocolate finish. A nice RIS.
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with a nice bubbly mocha head. GREAT aroma, lots of nice dark fruit, big toasted malt aroma, caramel, milky chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is somewhat of a letdown, although not bad. An almost peaty, tobaccoish taste, super dark and rich bold coffee flavor, dark fruits, and a nice earthy chocolatey taste. Again, taste isn’t great but not bad. The light smokiness is a little off I think.
Blairgus (2869) - 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 (1610) - 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 (4330) - 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.