allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A fine Imperial Stout. Nice, dark tan head, very malty nose, and a wonderful, sweet, roasty flavor. The price was right as well, and it was nice to see a Russian Imperial in a six-pack rather than a four!
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
purchased at state line liqours, elkton md. glad to see it made mid-atlantic distribution. black in color, dark tan foamy head. deep roasted malt aroma - almost smoky! sweet roasted malt and caramel flavor.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 12oz. bottle thanks to Mullman. Deep, dark black color with a small light brown head. Big roasted malt aroma with a bit of tartness in the background. Flavor was dark roasted malt, followed by dark chocolate and again a touch of tartness. Slightly bitter hop finish with a light buttery aftertaste. Very good impy stout.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cool bottle label. Pours a darkest of dark color with a tall, dark head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma was very strong with chocolate and expresso. Nice. The flavor was thick and strong with chocolate and coffee. Great flavor! The body is extra thick, as it should be. The drinkability is wonderful for something 9%abv. Wonderful brew.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Jimmack05 invitational, 5-22-05. This was all I heard and hoped for. Thick, like the old " used motor oil " saying. Poured black with a very small brown head. Roasted notes and chocolate , typical stout nose. Taste was great. All the above with a small bitter ending. Loved this.
desurfer (1283) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an inky black with a thin, chocolate colored head. Aroma is rather thin; some burnt, roasty tones. Flavor is big and malty, surprisingly sweet, with lots of chocolatiness and a tad bit of coffee. Not too much alcohol noticeable. Itís well balanced, and while being a big beer, itís not so much in-your-face. I like that. Delicately balanced, subtle in its pleasure; this is a well-made beer!
DocLock (9998) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The green eyes stare at me, wanting me to partake of the contents...almost daring me. As the beer ejaculates itself into the glass it produces a smallish dark tan head. It allows no light to pass through, presenting me with an ebony beauty that beckons me to take it.....now. The aroma is huge roast malt, chocoff, walnuts and almonds. A heavy, musky aroma that seeps into my cerebrum. As it reaches my tongue it avails its savory flavors to my eager mouth and lips......huge molasses, roasty malt, chocoff, rauchiness, licorice, hazelnuts.....all the aromas signify that it is ready for swallowing. As it hits the back of my throat, it opens up with a very dense palate, exposing tons of chocolate syrup and slight coffee, coupled with an array of nutty pleasures including hazelnuts, walnuts, and almonds. It has given itself completely to me, and I have pounded its ebony flanks for all it is worth, leaving it a heaving lump. Crank up the band, boys and girls, we have perfection, and I need a hand towel!
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark pour with thicky, dark, burnt brown lacing - huge aroma of espresso, chocolate, some mild hops, vanilla, some background hints of spices and leather? - creamy mouthfeel, very silky texture - sweetened black coffee dominates the flavor, but doesnít overpower everything else - lots of bitter hops help balance out the initial sweetness - substantial cocoa flavor - some vinous notes, a little port like, but not quite thick enough to sustain those qualities - a great imperial, ending up tasting like a combination of storm king and bellís expedition.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with a beautiful dark brown head. Full and heavy aroma, roasted malt, coffee and hop with flowery tones. Heavy coffee and roasted malt flavor. Sweet with a good bitter finish. Dark, biding, thick and very very delicious!
pineypower (3076) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out dark black with a nice tan head. The aroma is roasty with some notes of chocolate. The taste is suprisingly smooth for the style of beer and has a nice complex flavor with noted of primairly coffee, roasted malts and a slight touch of fruit and carmel that linger. A great brew