jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma was at first strong mocha, but as it warmed turned to soy sauce and later on to ringwood funk. it hides the alcohol well though. Poured jet black with very small tan head. flavor was at first chocolate but later this turned into lots of soy sauce with an astringent and slight edge to it. Not enjoyable to finish. mouth feel was alright, full bodied with some drinkability from the low carbonation. Didn’t have the flavor notes I like in an Impy stout.
Nephilium (1415) - Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong roasted aroma, with hints of dark fruit. Pours an opaque black with a full tan head. Full roasted flavor with strong hints of chocolate and coffee, which fades into a long roasty finish. This does not have the oily mouthfeel that some Imperial Stouts tend to have, and the alcohol is really well hidden. This is a nice sipping beer for a cold evening.
Darkmagus82 (1829) - - SEP 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-29-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color bordering on black. Upon pouring there is a small lighter brown colored head floating atop the brew. This head fades quite fast leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass. While there is only a light lace, swirling the brew in the glass shows a nice thickness, as fingers of the brew are seen clinging to the glass, slowly receding back to the bottom of the body of the glass.
Smell – The smell is heavy of roasted aromas as well as a surprisingly strong hoppier smell. The roasted malt aromas are drier in nature being of a strong roasted coffee, some toast, as well as a dark chocolate with just some lighter touches of vanilla and caramel. The hoppy smells, which are stronger in this Imperial then in most, are mainly of a woody and earthy nature mixed with some lighter aromas of a pine smell.
Taste – The taste follows the nose very well. This imperial is on the drier roasty side with a decent bitter flavor at the end. The flavor begins with a roasted coffee and espresso flavor with a hint of some caramel sweetness. A dark chocolate flavor as well as a light vanilla and some wood then come to the tongue. The caramel begins fading at this point with some hop flavors of a earthy and citrus hop. The hops grow slightly stronger toward the end with a hint of citrus sweetness of orange and some orange peel coming to the tongue. In the end, with some boozy and oaky flavors coming to the tongue as well, a rather roasty and slightly warming boozy flavor is left to warm and linger the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly above medium side, although slightly lower then would have been expected from the look or from the fact that it is a 10 % ab brew. The carbonation level is rather average. The higher carbonation and thinner body are sorta nice for highlighting the hoppier/bitter flavors in the sea of darker flavors as well as making it more drinkable, but overall a creamier body and a lower carbonation would have likely served the brew better, highlighting the nice roasty flavors and making it a slower sipper as it is intended to be.
Overall – A fairly nice drier Russian Imperial. It is almost like a blend between and imperial stout and a black IPA in some ways, as it finishes with a decent bitter hop/roast taste(although not what would be need to be actually considered a true black IPA) . Its pretty nice and worth a try, although it is likely not one I would go to on any great occasion.
pinkzambia (1530) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Monde market in Philly: pours thick like old motor oil and Amost impossible to create a head. Small light brown ring around the edge. Dark dark in color. Aroma of burnt malts, dark chocolate with some coffee. Coffee bitterness in the flavor followed by some sweet bitter sweet choco notes. Thick, full body - feels great inter mouth like a liquid pillow. Tasty!
jcnielsen (2276) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Burnt, roasty, malty, tobacco aromas. Charred, roasty, malty flavors. Pretty tasty.
bolthead101 (6) - Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Immediately I am able to detect the unmistakable aroma of hops. If there are any other underlying scents, they are quickly subdued by the smell of hops. It has a black hole like appearance with a lingering, somewhat substantial, tan froth. I am no fan of hoppy beers, but this stout is quite pleasant. Unfortunately, as with the aroma, the taste of hops permeates it drowning all else. It has a full body with oily texture and a bitter, hoppy finish. Overall, I find it to be a very good beer. I would’ve rated it significantly higher had I been a hop fan.
devman171 (1051) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Aroma is rich roasted malt and light coffee and chocolate. taste is full bodied roast with a slick finish, good one!
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where and how: bottle 355 ml Grape and Gourmet
Aroma where is this softness coming from? Mild fruity tones with paired soft alcohol warmth, coco nibs , vanilla and quality chocolate. Touch of mungo beans. Solid!
Top: lighter white cap, nice ring on edge. Minimalistic.
Base: dark brown into black.
Palate : full bodied with medium plus carbonation, tad frisky.
Taste: Softness of aroma transferred into flavor. Gummy like, soft with mild vanilla to it. Mild dark roast with mild prickly heat form booze.
Other notes I have been tasting beers for almost 15 years and yet I find such gems that make me wonder how they were done...this one if one of those.
thornecb (4543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Dark fruit and chocolate aromas. Hot with chocolate and dark pit fruit front to back. Lasting espresso finish.
Luvystypotables (802) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, no head great dark brown colour. Bitter taste of coffee, and dark chocolate. Creamy feel with a bitter palate.
stevoj (2337) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and viscous black/ruby stout. Small creamy silk beige head, lacing coats the glass. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, burnt toast, wet wood. Taste is smooth with a kick of roast grain bitterness on the finish. Velvety mouth feel and lingering finish. A sipper, and a keeper.