potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Draught. Black tan head. Aroma is coffee, burnt wood, oranges, bitter chocolates, tobacco, roasted feel. Flavor is the same with some added sweet syrup feel. Great! HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Sampled at GABF 2010. Black pour, tan head. Aroma is sweet, leather, chocolate, a bit of coffee and roast. Flavor is salty, chocolate, a bit of coffee and roast. Definitely has a bit of alcohol heat and some hops in the finish. Full mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Pretty good. ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:Dkachur. Poured a heavy dark oil dark with a light tan head. Aroma is heavy on dark fruit with some light sourness. This is really heavy bodied, much like a syrup. Taste is heavy on the chocolate, oak, dark fruit, raisins. Very well balanced but nonetheless ballsy stout. Get this if you like imperial stouts at all. mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Big time thanks to al_b for this one. Bomber, poured pitch black with zero head, I thought it was flat, but in fact had light yet perfect carbonation. It did leave a small collar of dark foam around the glass, little lace. Aroma was super roasty, lots of dark malt, coffee, some hints of dark bitter chocolate and some heat. Bit time roasted malts up front, huge bitterness throughout, almost ashy. This stuff drank quite syrupy making it smooth as silk but damn thick. Right on, I loved it. BrooHa (121) - New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
POurs a thick, oily black with a REDDISH tan head! Thick and unctious (yes, I used the word "unctious") but not oily looking like, say, Ten-Fidy. Cherries from a amile away that dissipate. More dark chocolate, wood, leatheryishness. Reminds me of those cherry-filled premium dark chocolates but that were kept in a cigar box. But in a good way. Heavy mouth. Woodsiness, cherry. Bitter chocolately finish. Damned, damned fine! Must... buy... more...
blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Draft. Pours near black with a tan head. Wonderfully roasty aroma with burnt wood and coffee. The flavor has roasted and burnt malts, a light molasses like sweetness, coffee, tobacco, and a solid hop presence. Delicious. Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, & some vanilla; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, espresso, rich dark chocolate, molasses/syrup, hops, vanilla, and some dark fruit; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; The alcohol is fairly well hidden; Overall, intense chocolate - great stout! patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vinny at Ginger Man in NYC before the Pavement show in Central Park (9/21/10). Pours a deep, solid motor-oil black with absolutely no head, nor carbonation. Aroma of bitter chocolate, maple syrup, molassess, honey, fresh-ground roasted coffee, sweet malts, light hints of barley, and a very subtle, welcoming smokiness. Medium to thin bodied, which sounds strange, but the palate is so rich, heavy, and near-sticky that it supports the tremendous weight of the alcohol and flavors. The mouthfeel is soft, well-rounded, and almost juicy in the finish. Very similar to Angels’ Share in both aroma and texture. Great Russian Imperial stout. I love this brewery! ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Appearance: Slowly trudges out of the bottle a cumbersome, inky black body with a brief, dark brown head.
Smell: As one would expect, it has a deeply roasty nose, with vast notes of French roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate, London demerara. Lighter hints of vanilla and smoke tucked in as well. I’m rather perplexed about the amount of woodiness held within the nose, and did a double-take at the bottle to make sure it wasn’t really from the cedar-aged group.
Taste: A weighty helping of blackened, roasty maltiness. Bittersweet chocolate sauce, blackstrap molasses, and rightly smoky carbonized coffee beans. Very light hint of vanilla. Slight dark fruitiness. The sweetness is offset by a fair amount of bitterness. This beer has a noted woodiness to it, especially for NOT being from the Humidor series. Warming in all the right ways. Prolonged, roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Near-full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Good, satisfying, and soothing. This beer is going to pay for itself by lowering my blood pressure several points. obguthr (6354) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
From dkachur @ 12th Richmond Gathering: Dark chocolate, caramel, and tobacco aroma. Black with a thin brown head. Espresso, charred oak, and walnut flavor. Full bodied, somewaht thick. Good impy.