zeilinger70 (3) - Bay CIty, USA - APR 11, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you are a stout lover, than you cannot pass this up. The chocolate flavor is top notch!
wyseman3 (10) - Freeland, USA - APR 8, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark, thick and full of Roasted coffee and chocolate. Dark thick head. Very tasty!
crossovert (4563) - Wisconsin, 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.
u080088 (4) - Bay City, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid Russian Imperial Stout. Dark, smooth, with hints of chocolate, roast, coffee and some burnt toast. A real winner.
jgb9348 (3964) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, dense dark brown coloured body with a very thick rich brown head with 90% opacity for the body. Aroma of smoked peat, pit fruits, roasted malt, meat and mushrooms, oak and a touch of cherries and milk. Full-bodied; Rich, luscious malty body with a good set of caramel, milk, toffee and nuts - followed by a lot of roasted malt, some smoky notes and a lot of alcohol. Aftertaste shows some good complexity with the malt hitting hard at first then some good sweetness, then followed off by a lactic flavour. Overall, a nice imperial stout - from the ratings, I was getting worried ,but it looks like they changed the recipe or something - my bottle was nice and showed a lot of complexity and nice flavours throughout. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Sicilianoís in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 06-November-2010 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 11-June-2011.
polomagnifico (1105) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2011 2nd Rating - Same as last but with more piney hops and a little smoke. Much better than before.
Bottle. Aroma has notes of sweet chocolate, black coffee, and dark roast malts. Very dark brown hue that sits black in the glass below a nice creamy brown head that diminished and left some lace. Taste is really sweet with a bitter coffee finish. Palate is full bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall the best beer Iíve had from Tri-City. A sweet stout that has plenty of coffee and sweet chocolate. I think if they tried more of an espresso and twice the hops they could have a decent brew. Room for improvement but at least it wasnít infected.
Previous Rating was 7-4-6-3-14
Pailhead (3859) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malt, faint fruit, and a hint of coffee. It pours a dark brown with some red highlights along the edges of the glass. It has a small khaki head that lasts a minute or so before it fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate. There is a faint fruitiness that starts in the middle and builds into the finish along with some roasted coffee, a hint of vanilla, and a touch of burnt notes. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
paintedmaple (211) - 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.
gorditoabd (557) - 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.
flatmatt (869) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a light brown head. Chocolate and coffee aroma with a bit of cream. Flavor is roasted coffee with chocolate and a high roasty bitterness with a bit of hops and dark fruit. A good imperial stout, if nothing too special.