kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blacka and oily as a Siberian night w/ a lasting chocolate bar brown head. Thick alcohol legs on the glass. Roasty coffee and chocolate in the immediate nose; plums, light raisin, and currants with alcohol, toasty malt and more chocolate as it warms further. Roast and chocolate up front, caramel mid palate; fruitiness in the form of light raisin follows to a well balanced, lightly bitter burnt grain aftertaste. Raisin flavor gets stronger as it warms but is still a little subtle for a true R.I.S. It also has a little hop bitterness in the finish as well. Very smooth body, lightly warming alcohol, and very full bodied with low carbonation. Very bittersweet version of an R.I.S., and may be my new favorite of the style. I've not tried Speedway or Dark Lord yet, but this is my new favorite. One word of advice I will give you. Don't try to drink a growler by yourself on a work night. Apparently they've kicked up the ABV since the law change last year when it used to be around 7-7.5. I'm not sure what the ABV is now, but it's quite higher than it used to be.
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to aracauna for sharing this one. Dark black appearance with a brown head. Aroma was roasted coffee beans and sweet chocolate. Flavor was dark chocolate and coffee with some dark fruit and nuts also present. The aftertaste was bittersweet. A mighty fine beer indeed.
aracauna (3035) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is good stuff. Pitch black body topped by a thin tan head. It's not flat, but just has that imperial tendency to be greedy with how much head it gives you. This is a perfect imperial in my opinion. It's got the slight fruitiness, it's got the chocolate and it's got the hops and roastiness to balance the rest out. Thanks hoprus. This was one of the better imperials I've had in a long time.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 minutes from home, at the Akron location for lunch: Rich dark black body with a small head of reddish brown foam. Aroma is strong - sweet roasty chocolate. Palate is thick, creamy and satiny smooth. The main player here today is licorice - in aroma and big time in the taste! Chocolate, coffee, plums also blended in. Finish is hoppy and dry, but still that licorice lingers. I love licorice, so I was very very happy (or was it the alcohol warming my belly)
sloth (2447) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Minimal dark brown head hangs on top of a midnight black body. Fruity, smokey, licoricey nose. Full bodied, chewy texture. Lots of roast, coffee, some black malt notes, chocolatey, along with some vinous and whiskey notes too. Lots going on here. Alcohol makes itself apparent as a pleasent warming feeling, lets you know its in there. Finish is dry, roasty, very nice! Thanks to hopsrus! You rock bro!
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Home-bottled by Hopsrus. Black body catching all the light in the room with an evil feel. Coffee head that, when poured straight, is great for the style. Rich coffee beans aroma, together with deep black chocolate, extremely malty. Sweet chocolate mouth entrance. Nutty as you adventure further, vanilla too. Enough roastiness and bitterness to honor its great name. HAIL SIBERIAN NIGHT. Very thick and quite carbonated for a beer that was home-bottled over 2 weeks ago. Bitter aftertaste, it's only after having swallowed that you realise how potently this beer was hopped. Very rich and well balanced. Thanks John!
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (22oz) from a growler. It poured like liquid gold ("oil") with a creamy dark chocolate head forming on the second pour as the beer warmed. When chilled, the aroma was largely just chocolate, but as it warmed the nuts, coffee, vanilla, licorice and touches of dark fruit (plum) were released. Full bodied, richly sweet, and roasted finish. Quite a treat. Thanks hopsrus!
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - NOV 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was quite nice, but had some shortcomings: thinish and a little overpowering roasted malt taste. Big toasted malt nose, some chocolate and raspberries upfront in the taste profile. Bitter, espresso-like finish that lingers. Dry with a gritty palette.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks John (Hopsrus) for the hand bottled bomber. Completely opaque with a creamy medium brown head and very good lace. Big aroma of molasses, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, plum, burnt malts. Slight vinous on the nose. Bittersweet tasting up front with a big kick of fruit towards the middle and then finishing with a noticable but not overpowering alcohol presence. Oily and lush mouthfeel during tasting and finish felt coffee dry and warming. Very nice, bold yet sublime. A wonderful brew, which could take to cask conditioning and aging very well. A must try brew. #20 of my Stouts of November.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Thirsty Dog, Dayton. Rich, completely opaque. Tons of baker's chocolate with just a hint of coffee. Didn't note any fruitiness at all. Charcoal note. Extremely thick. Palate just couldn't get better. Only complaint I had was that it was a bit one-dimensional.