irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 Vintage. pours a deep brown-black witha dark brown, thick head that retains well and leaves great lace. chocolate-rhum notes up front, rounded out with some deeper roasty aromas. nicely balanced malt flavors start with a touch of sweetness that deepens into a bitter chocolate/coffee roastiness. some astringency in the finish, as well as some alcohol warmth. nice, malt-accented RIS.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade with DrBayern, many thanks. Pours well lets see, black if you hadn’t guessed with a thin coco brown head. Aroma is smokey, burnt and sweet little notes of coffee and chocolate. The taste is sweet chocolately and there is a bit of salt and sour in there. This is a bit dissapointing, good for sure but strange.
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, creamy milk chocolate colored head; Big nose of burnt chocolate and sharp hops; Soft textured body with a soft carbonation and a very sharp bitterness, quite salty as well; Long finish, salty, bitter and quite sour, lots of burnt chocolate, smoked cold cigar and prune aromas. Badly composed beer, the soft texture and the soft carbonation doesn’t fit the sourness at all, Harveys any day!
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a thick pitch black color with a medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and fruit. Taste is coffee, malt and hops. Has a slightly tart, bitter finish. A bit different from other RIS brews I have had.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 4   Lasting: XX   Lacing : XX   Nitro : XX
Intensity : 4
Yeast : 3   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : XX   Burnt Toast : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : XX   Coffee : 4   Dark Chocolate : 4   Vanilla : 2   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : 5   Cherries : 3
Hops : 3   Noble(1)->American(5) : 3   Leafy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : XX   Wood : 2   Mint : XX   Smoke : 2   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : 2
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 3   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : 3   Sharp : 2   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 1   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: A rather classical take on the style, focused on its dark malts and not neglecting in the least bit the essential fruity side with a big dark berry fruitiness in the nose. Little alcohol felt too.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Thanks to RagallachMC for the bottle. Pours black with a large, cascading head. Fair lacing. Aroma is powerful, with dark roasted coffee, salty licorice, earth and chocolate. Hops in the tasting; spicy and grassy. Full body. Very dry and bitter. Short finish. Nice.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle, pours black as oil with a dark tan, thick foamy head. There’s a nice aroma that makes me anxious to taste the beer. Smells of malts, espresso, and as illinismitty said, peanut butter. It’s the best way to describe it. Also, some caramel and chocolate notes. Initial taste is quite similar to the cappuccino I had last night. Bitter and definitely carbonated. As it warms a bit, some chocolate notes emerge, as well as the alcohol. Pretty light in the mouth, as opposed to some of the thicker impy stouts. Quite an interesting taste, growing more complex as it warms. I’ll admit it’s not my favorite impy stout --too cappuccino-ey for me, but it’s certainly worth a try.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to the giant BP Ross. Pours black with a nice diminshing brown head. Initial aroma of peanut butter and dark roast, but as it warms, it smells more like a merlot. Medium-full mouthfell with some tad amount of fizziness. Initial flavor of dark chocolate that transitions to flavors of red wine and dark roasted malts. Finish is very bitter, with lots of burnt malt and dryness, with a very very faint hint of alcohol. Not much sweetness on this one, but there is enough complexity that you will not miss it if you are an expresso fan.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque, mocha head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, espresso, cherries. Taste is roasty, very roasty, with a heavy dark chocolate, light alcohol. The high content on roasted malts seems to have held back some of the subtle flavors.
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ross, THANKS; Nose of chocolate, roaasted maltiness, and caramel; black with a small cinnamon tan head; flavor is bitter chocolate, mocha, and tiny bit of burnt smokiness, with a bitter hop finish’Pretty darn good.