davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Great beer. Aromas of chocolate and vanilla, with very long length. Ticks all the boxes for me. knickskicks (1162) - - AUG 26, 2012
Pours jet black, frothy tan head. Nose is roasted malts, pure dark chocolate, dark berries, black currant. Taste is rich dark chocolate, dark fruits, espresso, and a strong bitter finish. The really creamy mouthfeel is the best part of the beer along with the nose. The smooth mouthfeel reminds me of the Yeti beers. Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
Big bold beer, great aroma, some hops, sweet toffee, chocolate, and fruit flavour. Amazing body and feel. beholder (58) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 12, 2014
Appearance: pitch black with a thick tan, long-lasting head. Awesome lacing.
Aroma: dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and roastiness. Not very intense, but really good, just the way it should smell.
Taste: first comes the intense roastiness, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Some delicate notes of cocoa in the back. Bitterness is medium. Alcohol is hidden very well, almost untraceable. Some small hints in the aftertaste, but that’s because I drank this beer in room temperature. Pretty warming.
Mouthfeel: thick, oily, full bodied, soft carbonation. Superb.
Overall: maybe not mindblowing, but almost perfect russian imperial stout. Plus the name Tsar makes this beer even better. Really, this is probably the best way to name a beer in this style.
Enjoyed in a teku glass. Kauge (1958) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle from Tallinna Kaubamaja food department (€ 4,65) in May 2014. Pours Coke black with dark brown head that lasts nicely, leaving a scattered lacing. Nose is a fantastic mixture of hoppy and malty: I sense a great deal of cocoa-laden dark chocolate, truffle and almost burnt coffee, but also pine / spuce, grapefruit / lemon, or something similarily more bitter than sweet. Taste is at first surprisingly bitter, proceeded with a sensation of strong burnt coffee (but not at all in a bad way) and chocolate (though I wouldn’t say it’s sweet). The bitter aspects make me wonder about the types of hops used. It’s got a very full body (it almost feels physically heavy on the tongue), low carbonation, and indeed a "smooth velvety texture", hinting a 9,5 ABV only in a slight alcoholic tingle in the finish, and after a while a sense of warmth in the throat. Mouthfeel is thick and resinous. Overall a wonderful beverage to sip in the company of quality literature, something historical maybe, taking place in 19th century Russia. Turgenev’s "Fathers and Sons" for example.
w_adwersarz (435) - Cracow, POLAND - AUG 29, 2015
Barwa czarna, smolista, nieprzejrzysta, gęsta już na pierwszy rzut oka. Sporo drobinek chmielowych.
Piana skąpa, ale zwarta i drobnopęcherzykowa.
Aromat słodowy, słodki, ciemne owoce, konkretnie palone, kawa i odrobineczka czekolady. Bomba.
W smaku jest gorzka czekolada i lekko kwaskowa kawa, goryczka, ciemne owoce, jeżyny. Wszystko okraszone odrobina lekko rozgrzewającego alkoholu.
Wysycenie średnie, pełne, oleiste, aksamitnie wchodzące, goryczka średnia w stronę wysokiej z owocowo, czekoladowo, alkoholowym finiszem. Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Pitch black pour, thin deep tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, hay, tobacco, caramel and some coffee. Flavor is well balanced deeply black imperial stout. A tiny bit sweet, nice bitter and very full. Amazing brew. Senka (1082) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 9, 2014
33cl bottle from April’14. Aroma of garden rose, dark roasted malts and caramel. Pours pitch black with dark brown to black-gray head. Malty, chocolaty and yet hoppy and yeasty. A magical mix for a imperial stout. Enjoyable over an hour. Texture changes from heavy and creamy to slick and slimy, but that is what you expect. Full bodied beer. Try to beat that. Again, this is something that I was not expecting. Perfect beer for its style. Get it if you are a stouts fan. hrabren (1186) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 4, 2015
0.33 bottle at Punk Rock Holiday, Tolmin, Slovenia. Very dark brown with brownish head. Chocolate, dry fruits aroma. Very dry, woody, roasty, chocolate. Very dry finish, too. Coffee. Nicely dry hopped. It’s a good RIS, and good hops! ianwelby (1385) - SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2015
Cloudy black beer with a brown head. Smell has malt, hop, grapefruit, chocolate... And the taste follows suit but it’s all really well balanced. Really rich and hearty as well. Beautiful.