auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2006 Bottled Dec 16 2004, almost four months ago to the date. This “King” is pouring a soupy tar black, with black currant ruby fringes and glint of that in the light. A thin brown head forms then fades…a little growth of carbonation settles in the center of the beer. The lacing is fantastic. Aroma is strong, with good aged malt and black currant aromas, backed with cherry, oak, and chocolate wafts. This smells extremely impressive, with depths and kick of hoppy sugars in the nose. Flavors are strong and flower on the tongue with roasted sugars, pecans, raisins, rum and coffee. Extreme complexity and depth to this beer…wow. Alcohol? It’s hardly even noticeable to me…and may have benefited from 4 months in my cellar. That beautiful little hoppy kiss at the end is nicely balancing the strong malt front end. This is again a character I look for in a beer, over and over, is strong flavor with good balance, and this beer certainly has it. I don’t want this to end, as the flavors are improving and blossoming as the beer warms and my palate adjusts. The palate is extremely smooth, but with a sugary dry lingering aftertaste of oak and light pipe tobacco. It’s extremely chewy and full, as I feel like biting into this beer, only to find it dissolving down my throat. Good to the last drop! Wait! I poured the rest of the beer out…and a new flowery yeast has added yet another dimension to the flavor. It never ends.
GSH1976 (159) - Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like motor oil with tan head and an abundance of lacing. Aroma is typical for the style with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, etc. Taste follows the nose but there is substantial bitterness in the finish which I do not mind. Body is a little thin for the style and I can see why people think of it as a Black IPA. Finish is a little dry and the alcohol is hidden extremely well.
electrotype (142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un sucre présent mais bien controllé. Notes de café et de malt rôti classiques aux stouts. Alcool un peu trop présent. Corps plutôt mince. Se boit quand même bien.
Osprey87 (930) - London via, WALES - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 8 months old, into snifter. Pours thinnish black to form a black beer with a scummy off-white head, a little lacing. Smell - sweet over-ripe tangerine, caramel malts, some cardboard. Body - medium, slightly foamy, carbonation fairly high for the style - there’s a tingle of carbonation and alcohol at the front of the tongue. Body could be bigger and smoother. Taste - chocolate, some of the caramel/orange from the smell, finishes tacky and only slightly bitter. To me it’s more like a strong BIPA. Nice.
KennyGalanif (30) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black, but when held to light, a deep mahogany shows through. a decent one finger of light brown head. smells of dark heavily roasted malts, dark fruits (raisins), American hops, and a slight smell of alcohol. the taste is a well balanced fight between roasted malts and hops. which is a little different for this beer style(Russian imperial stout), again i get dark fruits, and only a little caramel sweetness. this beer has a dry hoppy finish. and the alcohol is there, but not overpowering. overall, this is an ever changing beer, that is a great American imperial stout!
Tstamba (147) - Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle into a shaker. Black pour with vanishing tan head. Hop forward aroma like an IPA, enveloped in the chocolate and espresso maltiness of the stout. Bitter slightly boozy finish. A delicious American twist on the RIS style.
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Patrickctenchi (2516) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown-purple with a dark tan head.
Smoky, roasted chocolate aroma.
Taste is light ash...burned coffee, chocolate....citrus.
Slight grapefruit-peel and licorice bitter.
Hops really take over as you sip....finishes like a big, black IPA.
Alextricity (382) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoy by July 5th 2018. Poured into a shaker pint. $2.49 single.
Appearance: Well, it’s basically pitch black -- no surprise there. The great thing about this beer is the lacing. There’s a two finger creamy, tan head on it, but it doesn’t last long... but the lacing’s fantastic.
Smell: Man, I don’t know. The best way for me to describe the smell is wet cardboard. That sounds absolutely awful, but it’s actually... not. I figure it’s the variety of hops that they use mixing with the dark malts, but I don’t know how else to tell you what this beer smells like.. at FIRST. As the head slowly goes entirely away, coffee opens up, and the beers smells more like, well, a beer with a solid amount of roast. Still, Storm King never smells mouth watering.
Taste/feel: A mouth watering, almost tangy character is the first thing I notice... this beer really is chock full of hops, as many people have said. A lot of earthy character brought on by them, and that works very well with the roasted notes. There’s a bit of alcohol flavor and warmth on the finish, but not as "hot" as many other RIS’s I’ve had. Pretty nice mouthfeel, as I had hoped for, given the style.
A very good beer, but not great. Honestly, I expected a lot more. This seems to be a favorite amongst craft beer drinkers. I like the addition of extra hops to make this a hoppy RIS, but the other characteristics aren’t there as much as I’d like. Yeah, it has a nice body to it, and the roastiness is pleasant, but I guess it’s just not as... pungent? As I was hoping it would be. I’d have it again, as it’s a very good beer, but there are definitely better options. Still, try it for yourself to experience an unusually hoppy tasting RIS.
revtork (6) - North Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An Imperial Stout which has a hoppiness not unlike an APA. The bitter aftertaste makes this stout a standout in its category. I recommend this beer only for its uniqueness. Anyone looking for a more true imperial stout flavor may want to look elsewhere. I like this beer, but I recognize that it’s not what most people expect in an imperial stout.
Theydon_Bois (5486) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Victory, Downington, 27/11/13.
Finally caught up with this one to rate as had been saving my rating for the cask version.
Mid black with a good sized dirty tan head that retains well. Full glass lacing ensues.
Nose is big on roast malt, bitter dark chocolate, toffee fudge, light mineral notes, leather, treacle toffee. A good robust nose with light hop tingles in the background.
Taste comprises roast malt, liqourice, dark chocolate, hoppy tang, dark fruits, chocolate dipped raisens, light booze.
Full end of medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, lightly warming alcohol in the finish.
Solid impy, a touch better on cask than keg or bottles, the flavours are there from the start and don’t need to be warmed up.
harrymel (930) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by 10DEC15 - reviewed 19NOV12 (about two years old?)
Black, light tan foam. Spots of lace. Smells of malts, oats, coffee, toasted barley and some char. Tastes like a middle of the road RIS - bitter with malt and toasted flavors with some burnt cracker. Thick body with a dry finish. Carb is tight and sharp. Fine beer for a hardcore night - tend to like my beers a bit smoother these days.
Best by: 12/10/15 - Reviewed 24FEB11 - 3.5/4/4/3/3.5-3.78
A: Pours a deep brown with limited translucency which illustrates at the edges only with tilt. Single finger, dark latte head dissipates quickly and retains a thin sheet of the same. Lacing is limited.
S: Very resinous hop nose cloaks the chocolate malts, coffee, and lightly sweet backbone. This combo allows and convinces me the beer is both ready to be consumed now, or can stand the test of time in the cellar.
T: Again, the hops are immediate in this as they were in the nose. Almost a thickened ABA. Great coffee, cocoa, black charred malts again in the backbone.
M: thicky, sticky, tacky, lip-smacky. Resonates with heavy body and moderate carbonation. Maybe a hare more spritely than I would prefer in the style, but nonetheless, above average.
D: Very good beer, I venture to say I would enjoy it even more with a year or two on it. Good beer, wish it was a little less intense on the hops up front.
Serving type: bottle