gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at my dadís house in Whitehall, Mi. Pours a dark creamy color, with just the faintest hint of brown sugar colored foam. Aromas are of leather, anise, earth, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is a very nice match to the nose, with a oily-creamy mouthfeel and middling thickness. Only complaint about this brew is that it gets a little muddled at the finish, but overall is a very solid offering. Also, it is not the most "Russian" of RISs Iíve ever had. All told, though, a really nice brew.
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Sweet chocolatey aroma with dark fruits, bread, and a hint of alcohol. Dark fruits really take center stage in the flavor with chocolate, toast, and vanilla. It seems a bit thin for an imperial stout. The finish is clean. Itís not my favorite imperial stout, it was worth trying.
ICEatALAMO (944) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Pours dark with little to no head. Aroma is strong with coffee and chocolate, and probably rivals some of the best stouts out there. After such a great aroma I was expecting more in the flavor. Got a lot of malt in the taste, a little coffee and chocolate. It actually tastes fairly light for a RIS, and surprised it is that high of a ABV. It is a fairly easy RIS to drink, finishes clean.
wmubronco1992 (623) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very opaque black. Darker tan head. Aroma of licorice. Flavor is black coffee. Maybe even burnt coffee. Lots of roast. Big bodied. Bitterness makes this a sipper. To me this pushed the edge of bitterness in a stout, but it didnít quite cross the line. Enjoyable, but not easy drinking.
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black with a large sized tan head. Aromas of roast, cocoa, and coffee. Tastes of roast, caramel, coffee, some dark fruits, and chocolate.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma was of roasted malts, with a little chocolate. Flavor was more of the same. Iíd have it again.
sliqjonz (31) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Real big taste upfront, but fades quickly, good nose, nice weight to it, real clean finish
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paintedmaple (427) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz.... Really good...a Starbucks Red Eye with a double shot of espresso is the flavor. Black, oily, roasty goodness. Another reason to love Michigan in January.
beerbill (3458) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with mikem409. Pours black with a moderate, slightly fizzy light brown head that is gone before the first quarter of the glass and leaves light lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with notes of chocolate and just a bit of dark fruit. The flavor is similar with lots of roasted malt along with some chocolate and just a bit of dark fruit. Full bodied. No problems.
crossovert (7588) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle.
It pours pretty much the qiuntessinial way for a RIs Thick, inky black body with a huge fomay tan head that sticks forever before receding to some nice thick-walled style lacing.
The smell is pretty good. It is roasty, it reminds me of a baltic porter in a way, or rather an imperial baltic porter. Not in the yeast but in the overall cocoa, raoastinees, and caramel levels.
The flavor is pretty good. Just what I am looking for in a RIS, not too much cloying sweetness, waves of roasted malt flavors. Think abyss without all the additives.