lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with Daknole. Thx. The pour is black and thick like soy sauce with an edy dark coloured head. The aroma is pretty smoky with coffee, vanilla and metallic notes and a edge of tobacco. The taste has the traditional rusian imperial stoutish salty touch with notes of laqurice. There is vanilla and caramel and still with a dominating strong laqurice impression. The palate is rather fat with a long lasting finish with the buttery fatness and sweet caramel notes and smoke. Really nice beer and actually imo more interesting and complex than Hunapuh.
cfrancis (3284) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to either daknole or hopshunter for this. Canít remember. This pours like months old engine oil. Thick, viscous and black as night. Dark chocolate brown head. Aroma is cherry, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is slightly full bodied. It coats your mouth and just wonít go away. Flavours of at first intense coffee as if you are munching on coffee grounds. Throw in some dark chocolate, as if you are eating a 90% cocoa chocolate bar and a slight hint of cherries. Great beer, but go slow, this is a marathon instead of a sprint.
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750. black with small brown head. aroma of dark chocolate and ashes. body and full and creamy. smooth. flavors of ashes, blackened malts, dark chocolate. not sweet. dry and chalky. roasty. my first cigar city beer. impressed am i.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: pours black like liquid tar and motor oil with an almost pure black head. Fades super fast with no collar and no head of any sorts. Swirling leaves no lace, but a thicker collar.
Nose: black char and tar with black chocolates weighing heavy. Fudgy texture and thickness leading into black earth, black root, and black licorice root. Preserved dark fruits in the very back. Prune concentrate.
Palate: thick and rich through and through. Gentle dark fruit tartness tickles the back of each quaff. Chocolate truffles followed by fudge and refreshed with more tartness; prune juice concentrate. Chocolate weighs heavy on my breath while chocolate graham crackers and pure cacao dry my mouth. Little indication of the high ABV except for a gentle warmth in the chest and a kiss of spicy heat in the back of each swallow. The tart prune juice acidity continues to tingle the sides of my cheeks while black root and licorice keep me grounded. Only a touch of char is evident for a meatiness, otherwise known as umami.
Final Thoughts: exquisitely drinkable despite, or in spite of, its rich palate. Make no bones about it; this is a sipper and best enjoyed at cellar temperature and maybe even a wee bit warmer. I can think of a gazillion desserts this beer was born to pair with, and being a sour head, I thoroughly loved the addition of tart acidity.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Bottle courtesy of drowland. Pours a very dark black. Lovely deep chocolate malts, very roastly and almost ashy. Like Zhukovís boot over the corpse of dead Nazis. Absolutely delicious, I look forward to buying cases of it.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep black, nearly opaque, with a bit of a reddish hue, topped with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of chocolate, and some fruit in the background, reminiscent of black forest cake. Intense dark chocolate flavor, along with some espresso that I did not expect based on the aroma. Bittersweet chocolate hangs out for a long finish.
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared at October Houston RB Tasting. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of coffee and tobacco. Taste is of pepper, coffee, tobacco and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with some chalkiness. Very good.
eaglefan538 (3035) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 6, 2010
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brew shared by sloth at SL. The pour was pitch black, flat to no head. The aroma was sticky dark fruits, chocolate, some molasses. The flavor was dark fruits (currants), molasses, cobwebs, earthy, sticky chocolate syrup, honey, and licorice. Sticky sweet flavor and mouthfeel much in need of carbonation and some hop action. With all due respect to the Tampa crew, no idea how a brew like this is ever in a top 50 list.... but then again, no idea how the Lightning every won a Stanley Cup either....
sloth (2858) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750. Flat pour. Black body. Nose is tame, choco, roast and some fruityness. Body is full, coating, thick, overbearing, too much, almost astringent. Chocolate, roast, some cherrys and dark fruits, sticky, seriously moreish but not the good kind. Finish is too lasting, sticky. unbalanced, a mess.Half of the bottle left on the counter, with a few beer drinkers hangin out, sad. Bottle from bierbauch, thanks much Ron!
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black opaque with a small brown head that dissappears really quick. looks like engine oil on the pour. crazy. nose is strong, black chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, thick nose, some pepper, some wood and vanilla, almost like it is oaked it has that toasty roasty flavor. taste is all of that with hints of soy sauce, really thick like a milkshake. damnnnnnnnn. its an intensely good imperial stout.