nearbeer (4124) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 355 ml. Opaque black with a huge dark brown sugar head that lasts forever and leaves crusty lace everywhere. Big smoky coffee, dark fruit, molasses and cocoa nose. Flavor is initially anise, big dark chocolate-flavored molasses and dark fruit, turns to coffee, burnt toffee, soy sauce, earthy and charred wood, just the right touch of alcohol (not much) , and a slight lactose-metallic hop twang. Large and syrupy smooth body has a nice tongue tingle all the way through. Lots of balanced and excellent flavors; one of the best desserts you’ll ever find!
Cybercat (3983) - Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This comes out of the tap a rich, opaque sable with a dark tan head. Aroma is strong, like smoky or roast coffee with a hint of sweet chocolate. The rich, smoky, coffee-ish flavor has an undertone of chocolate and a whisper of sweetness. This delightfully smooth stout fairly dances on the tongue and is a joy to drink.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is a monster. Loads of star anise and black patent malt assault the palate at once as a dark espresso and tilled earth body unleash beneath a steady hop-bitterness. After the initial shock of the first sip the beer hits its stride and turns into a slightly creamier version of the first taste. While I will give a good rating now, I think with cellar age, this will eventually be a 98 plus point beer. Best advice, buy a warm six pack and chill them as needed through the winter. Thanks Duck-Rabbit.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at Recreational Billards on 4th St. in Winston Salem, NC. There for a limited time only. The aroma was overwhelmingly sweet and inviting. The color was a deep, deep, deep black body w/ an in b/w milk and dark chocolate colored, creamy head. some dotted and streaked lacing. flavors are rich and complex. hard to put your finger on though clearly chocolate and coffee. Definetely burntness, sour burntness or maybe burnt toast (bready yeast). then there is a strong taste of alcohol. but I couldn’t figure out what - whiskey? bourbon? but then decided I would declare brandy the winner. there were also hints of cinnamon and cherry. 2/3rds of the way through each sip solid bitterness hits your palate and then remains there like a sugar cube melting in your mouth in an unrelenting manner. I found this beer to be quite extraordinary really....
edmedina (21) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick black, no head really to show for this pour. Aroma is more of a coffee almost a chocolate or molasses smell there. Surprisingly the taste isn’t at all over powering. You don’t really get anything at first but then malt sneaks up on you to let you know they are around. Taste is really a malty coffee taste. It is mild though unlike most Imperial Russian Stouts this one is rather tame. I get very little after taste with this beer. It definitely ranks up there as one my favorites
dchmela (2818) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to durhambeer for this awesome beer! Pours oily black with a thick creamy dark tan head. Big roasty grain, chocolate malt, and dark fruit aroma. Roasted grains more chocolate malt and nice dark fruit taste with hints of fig and raisin. Nice creamy body, great lacing and a great aftertaste, not too cloying. I have to give this a resounding WOW!
obxdude10 (2111) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve heard quite a bit about this brewery, and this is the first offering that I’ve had the pleasure of sampling. This imperial stout was enjoyed on draft at the Craft Ale House, and was absoutely, incredibly delicious. This is definitely one of the better imperial stouts out there. This first taste of this newer brewery definitely makes me want to sample more from them. This stout pours an opaque black color with a big and thick dark brown head. The head leaves an enourmous amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma features hints of chocolate, cocoa, cream, hops, caramel and dark roasted coffee. The body is thick, but creamy, smooth and extremely drinkable. You could definitely get in trouble with drinking a few of these. The flavors were wondefully delicious and well-rounded, with notes of roasted coffee, toasted bread, caramel, cream, vanilla, dark chocolate, whole milk and just enough hops. The finish was like drinking cappacino, with a smooth and coffee-like flavor, with a touch of hops, chocolate, cream and a slight hint of caramel. I will definitely seek out more beers from Duck-Rabbit. This was an incredibly delicious and well-rounded imperial stout.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance is opaque black with a tiny dark brown head that quickly fades to a small ring around the glass.
Aroma of heavily roasted malt and dark chocolate along with molasses and dark fruit. Some smoke in there as well.
Flavors of dark fruit and roasted malt along with dark chocolate. Also some coffee notes and smoke come through. Bitterness perfectly balances out the sweetness with a little ash flavor on the finish. Mouthfeel is full.
Overall this is a top of the line RIS. It is probably one of the best I have had.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a lovely deep black forming a dark brown foamy head. Aroma was tantalizing, rich chocolates, burnt coffee, figs, malts, and such. Reminded me of a strong irish or scottish coffee. Flavor was burnt chocolate expresso with an emphasis on malts and a hoppish ending. What another superb beer from Farmville NC! This is a beer to behold and cherish, to experience every black drop of its goodness. Alcohol was hidden deep within the flavors, given its wonderful character. Awesome Impy, find it if you can.
chandler0201 (649) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite all time beers. It pours a nice red brick with decent head. Aroma of raisin and chocolate, and a flavor of slightly subdued chocolate. Great beer, and about as much flavor as you can get from a high alcohol % beer.