DConMan (113) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought a 12 FL.OZ. bottle of this from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $2.36. Poured from the Purple/Black labeled body with a Yellow Owl on the front into a 12oz Shaker Glass. Has Enjoy By Jan 18 2014 on the front of the label.
Aroma- Very strong roast and cocoa nibs on the nose. Espresso came up strong as well!
Appearance- Pours a less then .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has an opaque, deep brown colored body. Leaves a few dark suds of lace behind.
Flavor- Very deep roast and espresso tastes. Malt comes up rich and has a medium bitterness level.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Lightest Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, and easy all around.
Overall Impression- When I went to pick this up, I was looking for something similar to a beer I traded this year called Dark Intrigue by Victory. This one was much more light and easy going on the complexity. Would have liked to age this bottle but I forgot I only carried on my luggage for this trip. Overall an average average Russian Imperial Stout but nothing fantastic.
Fatehunter (754) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a pitch black body with a thin tan head.
It smells like darkness: black strap molasses, black coffee and roasted malt. Wonderful.
The taste follows the smell. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and finishes with burnt wood.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A great dark, dark stout.
Tide (723) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at bar. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with chocolate, liquorice, smoke, coffee, roasted malts and nuts. Smooth, roasty body with mostly malts. Bitter finish with coffee, roasted malts and nuts. Awesome imperial stout.
Gription79 (1604) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bomber. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate, toasted malts, ash, leather, metallic. A tasty beer.
JK54B (1535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild slightly grassy nose. Large brownish head. Dark brownish black color. Roasty bitter taste. Not very sweet. Alcohol well hidden.
oneeighthcuban (97) - - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell is roasty and hoppy. Taste is very bitter, dark chocolate/coffee like flavors as well as hop bitterness. Alcohol at 9% is hidden well. Really solid imperial stout.
Ed5388 (522) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, and a subtle hop aroma as well. Taste is hoppy and roasty. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, piny hops, and some carmel malt sweetness.
hman43 (29) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black color with an aroma that was surprisingly not that strong. The taste has a blended combination of coffee and a slightly bitter after taste.
Mrnoluv (41) - long beach, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Aroma is coco, little vanilla almost vanilla extract, roasted coffee bean, no light comes through pitch black dark, light head, bitter aftertastes, smokey taste, at charcoal/cofffee/bitter palate. I just wish it had a little more sweetness to match the bitterness, that could be achieved with a little more ABV, this one needs to be a 10-10.5 imo. Great beer, just a little more kick, sweetness and it is up there with the best bitter stouts.
kcorum10 (95) - Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with cream colored head. Has flavors of a mild hop bitterness up front with a toasted malt finish with hints of coffee.
deaconmike (68) - Roswell, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Taco Mac. Iím an IPA guy, so this was right up my alley. Plenty of hops in this imperial stout. The aroma is somewhat subdued - roast, chocolate, coffee. The hops dominate the taste. If you are looking for sweet, caramel maltiness, look somewhere else. Nice smooth, drinkable brew. Iíll be back! Another great offering from Victory.