sherm1016 (1271) - 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 (3882) - 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 (2319) - 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 (5356) - 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 (1778) - 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 (483) - 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 (1496) - 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 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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 (2374) - 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.