nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by largadeer on BA, which came from mothman on BA.
Pours pitch black with a thick tan head fading to a foam layer with good lacing.
Aroma is nice and roasty with coffee and dark chocolate. Some hops noticeable. Fairly intense.
Flavor is a little rough but great. Very roasty and chocolatey with bitter coffee and piney hops. Just a little unbalanced.
Medium-full body with lots of hop oils and a long finish.
Really solid stuff overall. Not quite as good as the -bal aged version, but great nonetheless.
kbutler1 (1323) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Have had this both on tap and in a growler. Very tasty. Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Very smooth is really a good description of this. I expected this to be good as it is the base for Czar Jack. Balanced.
mattyb83 (734) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours jet black with a brown head. Aroma of black licorice, and a hint of coffee. Tastes of black licorice and hops. Gives way to coffee flavors and a slight chocolate finish. Solid impy.
Guerde (1112) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(on tap at the brewpub) Pours black with a scant tan head. The aromas are initially of light piney hops, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Further warming provides more ester smells (apple, banana), and this mixes with the alcohol to create an unpleasant scent, so I have to take the score down a bit. The flavor was full of chocolate, anise, roasted coffee, and a vinous flavor coupled with some dark berry skin. The finish was full of dark roasted coffee and contained a light bitterness. Mouthfeel was full, and carbonation was smooth. Yet another impressive imperial stout from TH.
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured oily black with a deep caramel head that laced well. 10 oz goblet, smelled of deep chocolate and faint coffee, tasted of lots of chocolate with a sweet malt backbone that bittered a bit at the end. Excellent creamy mouthfeel.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery today. Dark brown pour, 1/2 inch head and smelled like plenty of roasted malts and some coffee. Flavor started out rich and chocolatly, then some sweet brown sugar and finished a little boozy and slightly smoky. Well done.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[On-tap] Pours dark brown with a small dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate (esp. in the finish), baked apple, molasses, banana, and raisin. Decent amount of alcohol in the taste, anise, good amount of malt to balance out the moderate level of bitterness, and light coffee. Reminiscient of Expedition with the hops subdued. Thick mouthfeel, and has a long finish. Overall, a solid imperial stout, although the aroma was just a little lacking in comparison to the taste.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
100th imperial stout rating, on tap at the brewpub. Very jet black color with a light milk chocolate head.Sweet dark fruits are prevelant throughout with just a hint of alcohol. Very smooth, lots of chocolate with a slight bitterness and nice hop presence, very good.
BVery (5129) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #300 needs a solid beer - Ol’ Jack Frost works!
TAP: dark brown/black pour, tan head. Big ol’ Russian Impy Stout look in my glass. Roasted coffee and chocolate on the nose, more on taste + some sweetness (dark fruit?). Creamy mouthfeel.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Brown body with brown head clinging around the edges and an island of wispy brown bubbles floating in the center. Faint dark fruits and roasted malts on the nose. Maybe some light cherry as well. Hint of roasted malts as well. The flavor begins with dry roasted malts and quickly adds dark fruits and sweet portish alcohol. Dark chocolate on the finish with some dry hop character to it. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and while the alcohol is certainly detectible, it doesn’t take much of a tole on my tastebuds.