SaintMatty (4296) - Uppsala, - AUG 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml Bottle - Black with a foamy tan head. Soapy hops, coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Chocolatey and roasted taste with notes of coffee, Bournville chocolate and soapy hops. Easy to drink.
Kita (699) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ House of Brews, NY. Clear black color with small creamy, mostly diminishing light brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma is perfectly balanced between resin and pine hops and roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste starts with sweet chocolate and very rich roasted maltiness, following is syrupy liquorice with warming alcohol mouthfeel and very pleasant hoppy finish. Full body, syrupy texture and average carbonation in palate. That one kicks ass, although a bit too strong for my taste...
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 (144) - 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 (387) - 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.