ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012evjoker (6) - - JUN 18, 2017 does not count
Reviewed 12/21/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. No "really dark brown" bollocks, this one is nearly perfectly opaque. The head is a one finger tan color that gives Ten Fidy a run for its money in terms of darkness. The retention is pretty good, and a thick collar around the glass diameter lingers nicely.
S: I immediately notice a large amount of dark fruits, like raisins, currants, and plums. Beneath that, thereís a bit of licorice, anise, coffee, chocolate. and light booze. Very similar to a revved-up version of the Stone IRS - if we can compare it to any other RIS on the market, that is.
T: The flavor seems roastier than the aroma. Roasted malts open the flavor profile with a punch to the face, before a fruity midtaste and alcoholic, vaguely hoppy finish. Even for an imperial stout, the balance is lacking. Really, the palate is just beat down with roast, bittersweet dark fruits, and booze. Not much subtlety here - itís aggressive and even harsh. If there was any beer that was more suitable for drinking after a year in the cellar, this is it.
M: Thick as a brick. I canít think of any other way to describe the bigness of the body. It finishes with a lot of wet slickness and lingering roasted malts. It certainly feels decadent, but again, the big booze detracts instead of complimenting the flavor profile.
O: This one is a bit harsh, frankly. Good news is, aging it will kill that harshness stone dead. Bad news is, I only bought a single bottle. Damnit. Then again, Iím of the school of thought that a beer should be consumed as soon as its purchased, so the middling scores stand.
Had it next to the alesmith speedway which was a little better. This one has more heat and maybe oats.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mliga (43) - POLAND - JUN 11, 2017
Dobre piwo, ale niczego nie urywa. Mocno wytrawne i kawowe. Ładna piana, fajnie gęste. Ale ot taki zwykły RIS. Hermod (7693) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2017
355ml bottle @ Pudel.
Poured pitch black with a thin brown head.
Dark fruity, dark chocolate, ashy aroma, wood quite much.
Flavor has dark chocolate, roasted malt, ash, tobacco, wood. Sweet finish, lingering long chocolate finish. Long warming finish. Slow sipper.
Birkhimer (10) - - JUN 7, 2017
Tried on tap for the first time, lives up the the hype. Nothing in this beer is too dominate and every flavor blends well. A fantastic stout that almost seems too simple, but keep drinking and you'll keep finding more in this beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mzaar (3380) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2017
Flaska. Svart med ett gulbeigt skum. Dofter av kaffe, choklad och lakrits. Smakinslag av kaffe, choklad, alkohol, aska och rostad malt. Oljig munkšnsla, fyllig kropp.
AndySnow (7552) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2017
How: Bottle.Beer_Bob2281 (2) - - MAY 10, 2017 does not count
Where: Had at home.
Appearance: Black colour with a thick beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, some coffee, vanilla, spices, some alcohol.
Body: Full body, low carbonation. Thick mouthfeel.
Flavour: Chocolate, caramel, spices, vanilla, some liquorice, a bit vinous,
some warming alcohol.
One of the best American Imperial Stouts I've tasted!
Thick, creamy & luscious body.
Tastes of bitter chocolate & coffee!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ronritter (659) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2017
2014 version on tap pours black with dark tan head aroma and taste is coffee and chocolate with a touch of booze alot more than that going on but thiose were the main components to me, very nice. gr_pa (669) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAY 5, 2017
Dark brown, quite nice head. Aroma: caramel, biscuits, coffee, gingerbread, nit soy sauce. Medium to full body, heavy sweetness, medium to low bitterness. Lotís of sweetness, but even more coffee and roasted notes, some dry fruits and licorice, Perfectly hidden alcohol. Overal very balanced, maybe bit too much roastiness. anstei (2169) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 4, 2017
Bottle from Beersínímore, bottled 11/06/15. Pours almost black, hints of brown, little head. Aroma is dark dried fruit, plum, chocolate, raisin. Body is quite heavy, sweet and warmingly boozy with only a little carbonation - Not flat and not lacking anything, though. Chocolate is even intenser here, other roasted malts too, but there is still dark fruit present. Some soy sauce. Palate lingers on chocolate and bitterness. Still warming and boozy. A sipper for sure. Good balance. Great!