bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and raisins. Flavor of vinous, chocolate, raisins, vanilla, light pine, and some coffee.
Dogbrick (9611) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from 2012 batch at Great Taste of the Midwest on 08/09/2014: Inky black color with a medium tan head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Medium to full body with a subtle boozy character and flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and sweet caramel. The finish is roasty with a malty aftertaste. Good beer all around.
arminjewell (8672) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.
deyholla (8335) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours near black with a dark chocolate head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a great combination of bourbon, dark grains and a bit of roasted malts. Flavor is boozy up front with bourbon backed by roasted malts, dark grains and a bit of biter chocolate.
BVery (8056) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 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.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GABF. Pours with a pitch black body and a large, proud tan head. Aromas of chocolate, floral hops, roasty, raisins, tar and chocolate. Flavors are a bit grainy, roast, rich chocolate, some alcohol. Caramel. Medium bubbles, medium to full bodied.
onceblind (5692) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2011. Pitch black with a light tan frothy head. Aroma of roasty chocolate malt and some candy sweetness. Flavor is big, rich. Chocolaty and roasty with a coffee tone in there too. Big body complimented the high ABV, made this a nice sipper. What a find!
JK (5025) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks like an imperial stout ought to; black, low carbonation, and a light, airy khaki colored head. It has an initial aroma of Sammy Smith’s imperial. The first flavor is soy sauce, but not as much as their czar jack. There is also a lot of coffee, almost making this a coffee stout. It is probably the dryest imperial stout I have had, so dry that it is hard to drink a lot of it. Fairly thick.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.
Pours a deep, deep black--one through which no light escapes. The head is quite large given the style. Good lacing. The smell is that of chocolate, plenty of roasted malt, a little bit of vanilla, and some anise to round it out. The taste is much the same with a little bit of hop bitterness and coffee. The mouthfeel is fairly full and quite creamy. This is very drinkable for the style and would love to be able to age some of this myself.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-01-2009
badgerben (4629) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with a medium head. Aroma of slightly burnt malt. The taste is very heavy on the bitter roasts, which seem to dominate over whatever hops were thrown in here. It’s tasty enough, but it just strikes me as heavy on the malt, without much else.