bcurious () - - JUL 28, 2017 viverlee (18) - - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Naptime beer. Biding time in the chill chest, you begin to wonder, “When am I going to drink it? It doesn’t go with the pizza I ordered. Or the burgers we’re having tomorrow. Should I just have it with dessert? As dessert?” No, it’s ideal not at any time, but at that key afternoon lull when an oily ten percenter is all that stands between you and some clean sheets.
STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout
LOOK: Panther black. Oily and pours like syrup, sleek to match the packaging. Soft, ginger head that doesn’t hold.
NOSE: Raisins, softer than expected. I can’t even say coffee because while I do get a hint I think it’s conditioning. “This is a classy Imperial Stout so there must be a coffee nose.” But no.
MOUTH: So very … Belgian? I’m somewhat unsurprised to learn that this New Zealand offering was crafted by a European. Bacon-wrapped dates, roasted coffee beans, malt chappiness (I thought I just invented that word, but Urban Dictionary not only says “no” but also “you’re an idiot, it means nearly the opposite – something disliked – of what you want it to mean – pleasant lipsmackingness). I don’t think the sweetness is chocolate. Rather something purple and fruity. It’s a nice departure from the usual humdrummery.
Beeradvocate Rating: 89
ratebeer Rating: 100
Hayward Abbey Rating: 89
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2017 Beautifully balanced, straight-ahead imperial stout. Huge but not at all bittter. mrjez (622) - Osaka, JAPAN - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle from BeerMa. It’s been years, never rated. Jet black pour with a low tan head that creates good lacing. Dark roast aroma with plenty of chocolate, a dash of coffee and dark fruit. Very nice rich flavour, bitter dark chocolate with a surprising amount of dark berries, some soy, but so much rich bitter choc. Smooth feel that is quite hopped up in the backend. As good as I’d remembered it. Happy for the smaller more affordable bottle size. colui72 (1032) - HONG KONG - JUN 24, 2017
Pours pitch black, medium tan head, excellent lacing. Aroma is toasted malts, smoke and chocolate. Taste gets the same idea, with the dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, prunes, notes of coffee. Moderate bitter, full body, slick feel, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish. Perfect example of a typical Russian ImpS, perfect taste and mouthfeel, great sipper! itakeyourdrugs (3) - - JUN 19, 2017 does not count
No desire to write a review. This app now requires it. It didn't used to. I use this app for my benefit, not yours.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone gafferpom (26) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2017
Smells like your fave choc ice cream from that dodgy bloke who had those puppies - never tell dad remember!
Tastes like dark chocolate with roasted coffee beans crushed in your partners hands as she contemplates why she's still with you.
Looks like that time you drank too much Guinness, around the toilet bowl.
This is a SUPERIOR IMPS so get it in ya! Don't worry what other people say - "ooh, I get Wild West cowboy leather" - TRY IT YOURSELF!
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dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Pours an intensely black color with dark tan head that coats the glass and lingers. Big roasty chocolatey aroma. Super thick intensely chocolatey roasty, almost smokey...just rich and lingering. Small pour are perfect, a nice winter sipper.
Notes: on tap at Mikkeller Bar LA dorain (304) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2017
Aus der Flasche gekauft 2012-04 getrunken 2016-11. Ja das ist ein feines Stout. Ein recht leichtes, aber lecker mit schöne Kaffeenote. Schön süffig. GIJOE (1210) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Pours black as liquid coal. Foamy cappuccino head, moderate lacing. Nose is rich, decadent roasted malts with notes of nougat, coffee, chocolate, nuts, hints of dried fruits. Taste is thick, rich malty sweetness. Kind of a dessert drink, but there are great bitter undertones that bring to mind dark chocolate. Full-bodied, delicious brew. Love it. ShivanDragon (4120) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2017
Zwart met mooie fijne volle licht bruine kraag. Aroma van vrij veel laurier, koffie, geroosterd, gebrand, chocolade, hop. Smaken zijn zacht/glad, toch ook wat dun qua mondgevoel, veel droge chocolade, poederachtig droog, scherp, alcoholisch, donkere choco, redelijke laurier, redelijk moutig, vanille, redelijke body, persoonlijk vind ik het lauriergehalte wat te hoog, het gaat wat naar een bipa, en teveel is bijna nooit goed, nou dat gaat in dit geval op! nearbeer (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2017
500 ml. 10.0% appears to have been bottled in 2016. Jet pour has a spongy disc of foam. Aroma is bread, cocoa, blackstrap molasses, mineral water and a touch of blackberry. Flavors of dark toasted bread, soy, blackstrap, ash, berry, mild cherry and caramel. Medium-heavy body has smooth low-medium fizz and a decent balance.