Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 3/11/14. Pours dark brown-black with a thin, fluffy brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark berries, creamy, chalk, earth, hint of vanilla, touch of berries. Taste is dark chocolate, bubblegum, fruit esthers, grass, light fruits, dark berries, grass, hint of spruce; finish is dark chocolate, leather, bitter fruit peel. Interesting. Thin lacing; not particularly resilient. Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation; active carbonation, thin bubbles. Tasty, interesting, enjoyable. A bit odd for a Russian Imperial Stout but enjoyable nonetheless.
keepersj12 (3050) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strange brew for me due to the lack of an aroma. Try as I might, the only aroma I got was a hint of chocolate and booze, The flavor I thought was excellent. More milk or sweet stout with chocolate and a little vanilla along with some oak. It has a silky feel and is very smooth.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pour is black and oily, thin brown head that fades. Aroma is heavy roasted malt, coffee, some cocoa, light lemon and grass. Taste is rich malt, roasted and burnt, some citrus from hops, cocoa in the back. Heavy enough to linger on your tongue, but not too sticky.
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark black pour, small ring of carbonation and an aroma of dark chocolate. Flavor is also nice roasted dark malt, chocolate, hints of hops and slightly sweet on the aftertaste.
charule (2108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lemmings. Poured dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt choc. Light carb med bod. Light bitter choc taste.
ARH (1104) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap poured into a 12oz snifter. A very earthy, dirt-like aroma comes forth early on. When it mellows a bit, this is replaced with the smell of a dark roast coffee. It pours a relatively clear and transparent (for an Imp Stout) dark brown with decent retention of a tan, foamy head, eventually subsiding to a thin, trace layer. It has a nice micro-bubble sheet-like lacing. It’s mostly a taste of bittersweet chocolate malt with some minor, salted caramel-creamy sweetness. With some warmth, this flavors start to become more espresso bitter and dark fruit sweet (grape and cherry come to mind). This medium bodied beer is oily and sticky with some light carbonation. This finish is mild but coats the mouth with a coffee and tobacco finish.
bth122 (1453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at HV. I think bro left this. Black color with medium head that dissipated some. Aroma of chocolate and vanilla beans, some roasted malts. Medium light sweetness. Hidden alcohol. Creamy texture. Below average carbonation. Some bitter finish. Enjoyed it.
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MiddleBrau (3) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a near sumi ink black with a tan head that dissipates quickly, and smells of french roast coffee, vegetables, and a hint of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is chalky with mild carbonation, should hit a bit harder for a stout of this magnitude.
Flavor starts out with a big dark roast coffee, dark chocolate with vanilla and caramel trying to sneak in there, but hides the alcohol well. Cherry begins to assert itself as the beer warms and the glass empties.
BeernWhiskeyHQ (18) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Very Dark brown, almost black no light coming through it, mocha colored head and slight lacing
S: smells of cocoa, coffee beans, sugary sweet and dark roasted malt
T: medium bodied, the dark roasted malt really comes through powerfully, strong flavored for sure. A slight citrus is hiding somewhere around in there and the finish is bitter, yet the roasted flavor stays along with it on the palate which makes for an interesting drink.
O: I like this beer a lot, I don’t drink imperial stouts all of the time so this one is a nice change. It doesn’t sit too heavy either which I appreciate and the bitterness is nice too, if I had a suggestion though, it would be that the bitterness be dialed back a little bit so it doesn’t distract from the dark roast of the malt that is so dominating at the beginning, I think it could be better balanced but at the same time I like it a lot and always recommend two brothers beers.
islay (2095) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-11-14. Labeled as "North-Wind" (with a hyphen). Scents of chocolate, cigar tobacco, vanilla, bran muffin, plum, and urine. Pours a dark brown, perhaps a deep red or maroon. Small to moderate amount of tan head with large bubbles in the head. Produces thin lacing. Tangy start, burnt malt middle, and sweet finish in taste. Chocolate, lemon, and table sugar flavors. Some sourness but most notably sweeter than ideal. Burnt malt bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Fizzy in the palate. Easy to drink, especially for an imperial stout. Overall, this is not a typical imperial stout, yet it is forgettable nonetheless and definitely subpar for the strong style.