ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a nicely dark brown-to-borderline pitch black color. The head is a three finger khaki shade. While the retention is good, it doesnít leave much lacing on the glass.
S: This beer offers up a mix of sweetness (chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits) and savoriness (soy, faint oxidation, maybe even a musty presence?) to pervades my nose. After a bit, its roasty character will pop up like weeds. Nice complexity to be found here, even if not every note works perfectly.
T: If the aroma dictated a slightly sweet, chocolaty stout, then the flavor profile dictates a roasty, licorice-forward one. Licorice opens up the palate before it fades into a faintly roasted coffee expression in the midtaste/finish. A distant aftertaste of char and umami qualities alongside an appearance of chocolate, smoke, and prunes after many sips give it an overall depth that is very good, but not elite. Iím not a huge fan of how this one finishes in general, but everything up to that point is rock solid.
M: Iíd say itís a bit too thin and devoid of creaminess on the onset. The texture will eventually froth up giving a good counteraction to the roasted malts. This one really needs a drier finish to allow the savory/roasted qualities to shine through more vividly.
O: Likable, but at the same time, a bit aimless and meandering in its complexity. It comes across undecided whether it wants to be big, roasty, and dry or sweet, fruity, and chocolaty, and ergo doesnít really do either facet fabulously. This is a good off-the-shelf RIS that has the misfortune of competing with MANY great ones (such as Old Rasputin).
slowrunner77 (3868) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
"i dug Heresy, the barreled version of this, but i gotta say, for an imperial stout, this came up a bit short. thinner and lighter in color than Iíd like in the style...tasted and smelled like some kind of hybrid stout/old ale...not a lot of "russian imperial" characteristics if that makes sense. i got one more that Iím putting in the "community" section of the fridge."
skmikeg (921) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, bakers coco, espresso, licorice, and molasses. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of light smoke, leather, burnt caramel, and anise. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy, semi bitter, long finish. Overall, a pretty tasty RIS that is pretty complex for only 8%.
RasmusOtt (1171) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a brown head . Looks like a good stout indeed, Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, raisins, liquorice, ripe fruits and some notes of chocolate as well. Taste of roasted malts, ripe fruits, raisins, chocolate and a salty/sour note in the end. Pretty decent but a bit one-sided in the long run.
Vestergaard (379) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a lasting, brown head. Look good, thatís for sure. Aroma has roasted malts, salmiak licorice, coffee, chocolate, watery toasted malts and a bit of dried plums and other dried fruits. Taste has a bitter roast up front, followed by pretty sweet, chocolate and caramel notes. Lots of dried, dark fruits here as well. A little bit of soya or watery saltiness in the aftertaste. Probably from the aging. Pretty flavorfull for 8% ABV. Full body and medium carbonation.
ThreeCats (571) - ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, with a creamy coffee colored head. Aroma sweet, coffee, semi-bitter chocolate, heavy cream. Taste oddly light. Roast, some chocolate, but feels watery. Kind of impressive that an 8% beer can taste watery but there you have it. Palate definitely bares out the 8% though.
GIJOE (635) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black like my sin-loviní heart with a thin, tan head, that dissipates into a seriously misleading halo within a minute or so. Moderate lacing.
Nose is not remotely hellish, but on the contrary quite divine. Notes of chocolate malt, vanilla, and a hint of anise. Taste is wickedly well-balanced: a devilishly nice hop bite with a huge malty base. This is a full-bodied little imp, mild carbonation, long alluring finish. Very tasty brew! Love it! Iím on the highway to hell...
mike67 (796) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, cinnamon Ė apple pie, dark fruit, chocolate and alcohol. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, plums, black current, chocolate, charcoal and herbal hops. Finish is long and dry. Complex, delicious RIS.
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bona cervesa, ťs bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Great Grog, Edinburgh. This inky black beer has no head. It has very rich chocolate and liquorice flavours, leather notes and a roasted coffee, chocolate, red and vanilla on the finish. Excellent!
ndfreak77 (97) - USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent stout. Dark brown almost black. Sweet taste of chocolate with a slight hop finish. Slightly oily on th palate. Taste both the chocolate and expresso notes.