trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thick khaki head with great lacing. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and toffee. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, roasted malt and molasses with a little black licorice mixed in too. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with great carbonation and a dry finish. I’m glad Widmer decided to bring back this delicious beer and it seems to taste a bit better than the last batch.
maekchu (3202) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Fruity nose, with chocolate, berries, and light fumes. Medium dark brown color. Chocolate, berries, and a thin bitterness in mid and final. Thin-medium body. Nice nose. Tasty....but not really an imperial stout. Lacking in the full-featured flavors and body.
KyotoLefty (8730) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with laced. Nose of cocoa, berries, soy sauce. Flavor is similar, with a bit of coffee and cola, soy, berries, chocolate. A simple RIS that isn’t bad but not the real thing.
JohnGalt1 (1392) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
descent enough dark tan head with good lacing... the brew is black with subtle ruby near the stem.
Nose is pretty standard RIS aromas albeit light and not very "rich" .... good dark malts and pretty pronounced coffee notes... not alot of dark fruits, but what are there show as minor plum.
Flavor is dark malts with the same coffee element... I swear I get some brewers licorice.. a little metallic.. sorta copper...
Body is light compared to the Big Boys, but certainly within style.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Dark pour with a mocha head. Ash, coffee, toast. Medium body that hides the alcohol well. Bitter finish. Not bad not great
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent imperial stout but nothing that was extra-ordinary. Seems like their regular stout with a little more alcohol.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Nearly black with some dark brown hues at the edges. Topped with a half-inch khaki head that shows decent retention. Some modest, chunky lacing. Aroma is straightforward & simple. Heavily roasted malts, light ashy char, cocoa powder, maybe some faint anise. Flavor is kind of stripped down & painfully average. Deeply roasted malts, char, burnt cocoa nibs, moderately woodsy finish. Kind of boring. Thin, slightly oily with a wet mouth feel. Not bad, but nothing special, either. Somewhat run of the mill.
jgb9348 (5430) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish tan head. Aroma of anise, roasted malt, alcohol, pit fruits and some deep raisins and bourbon - nice, but not too pungent. Medium-bodied; Strong roasted malts going on with a touch of coffee, a little earthiness, a lot of pit fruits and some light bourbon and spice. Aftertaste shows more of the same with a little extra sweetness, no complexity and a touch of bourbon with extra alcohol warmth - not too nice. Overall, a decent imperial stout, if that, with no complexity, no depth, no body and not very nice flavours. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 02-November-2013 for US$2,99 sampled at home in Washington just over a year later on 20-December-2014.
slowrunner77 (8987) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"W ’11 - i’m glad someone else seems to get some cherry in this beer...i thought i was imagining things. chocolate, cherries and roasted malt nose and similar flavor. a very decadent beer. widmer stepped it up with this one. velvety feel. good cold or warmer. slight bitter hops come out in the finish. a cheaper better alternative to many impy stouts."
chinchill (3777) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz, 2012 bottle of KGB Russian Imperial Stout.
Black and opaque in the glass, with a semi-durable head. Limited lacing.
Aroma: rich dark malts and aged alcohol esters.
Flavor: rich and fairly complex, with a hint of whisky that comes with the obviously high, but not harsh, ABV,
Feel: full, thick and smooth with some warmingand good, light carbonation.
Cybercat (4635) - Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich coffee-sable with a thick, chocolate-tan head that doesn’t stick around too long, but long enough for a very good impression. Inviting aroma has notes of roast malt, chocolate, quality coffee, and licorice, plus a snip of caramel. Flavor trots roast coffee, toasted malt, chocolate and caramel tones across the palate; a bit of woody hops peeks through. Texture is smooth and viscous, though fizz leaves a little to be desired. Take it into the custody of your stomach.