alexsdad06 (6749) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a few random bubbles for a head. The aroma had roasted malts, chocolate, light black coffee notes, a mild dark fruitiness and some alcohol. The flavor has roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate with some earthy bitterness. Very thin for the style.
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark brown with a tan head. little lacing. aroma chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, alcohol. flavor got the same from the aroma but with some vanilla. nice stout but not a ris
DrSilverworm (8182) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from a 12oz bottle. Super-dark brown but still clear color. Minimal light brown head, good lace. Dark fruit, molasses, little roasty malts. Bittersweet taste. Bigger body, good chewy texture, lighter carbonation. Not my favorite RIS, but still OK
b3shine (6403) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks solid; cola with no real lacing or carbonation. Smells and tastes malty with an average mouthfeel. An alright stout, but not really worthy of the RIS label.
strongpieman (1583) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black color, thick, light tan head. Aroma is rich coffee and malt. Hop bitterness comes out. Finish is a little sour.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours old motor oil black with a toffee colored head decent lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.
Taste is bitter sweet, chocolate, coffee. Astringent finish, creamy and chewy. Over all not my style but if you are a fan of black coffee this is your beer.
gorditoabd (629) - 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 dad’s 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 I’ve 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. It’s not my favorite imperial stout, it was worth trying.
ICEatALAMO (1099) - 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 (663) - 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 didn’t quite cross the line. Enjoyable, but not easy drinking.