popery (2163) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good imperial stout but not really a standout. I still donít really get all of the CCB hype. Solid chocolate/coffee/roast flavor. Taste is on the sweet side with a definite, lingering molasses note. Medium full body. Some hop bitterness helps curtail the sweetness. Good beer but doesnít do enough to differentiate itself from the pack. As a year round beer (and depending on price), itís very good, but among all >10% stouts, itís not so memorable.
Plovmand (8233) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at PapsÝ Blindtasting # 12. Pitch black body with a creamy reddish brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, some bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee. The flavour is roasted malt, hops, coffee, light bourbon and light chocolate and tar. Very long roasted finish. Great!
Pinball (12034) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
#12 at papsoeís blind tasting
pitch dark, smooth lacing brown head. very nice
roasted stuff, hops, faint licorice in the aroma
flavor is licorice, roasted grains, complex
madsberg (11761) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Tasted blind # 12 @ Papsoe 21. august 2010. Picth black coloured. Dense brown head. ARoma: Roast, sweetness, light spice, chocolate, coffee, light smoke. Flavour: Heavy roast, coffee, chocolate, smoke, sweetness, grass and vague herbs. Medium to full bodied. Roasty coffeeish bitterness in the end. Wow. Great.
joergen (27737) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #12 at PapsÝs blindtasting.
Pitch black coloured with a medium sized brown head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and dark chocolate with notes of cocoa powder and liquorice.
Roasted flavour of dark chocolate, hops and grass with notes of liquorice.
Roasted and hoppy finish.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of TheCheeseMan. Pitch black with a dense brown head leaving laces. Intense nose of hard roasted malts and molasses. Solid body, lots of burned malts and dark chocolate. Some malt bitterness but not overly so really. 210810
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Near burnt dry espresso, chocolate, and seemingly dry leather aroma. Tight taste progression with no loose ends. Competing muffled cherry, some smoke, and more chocolate/espresso (but very precise) in the taste. Finish was dry with a lingering chocolate bitterness (but not overplayed). Special beer.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml. Bottle. Again courtesy of peteinSD. Initial impression is that this beer is unique and impressive. Not necessarily the best RIS of all time, but really tasty and easy to see why it makes such a great base beer for some of Cigar Cityís more exotic offerings. Pours like a can of dark motor oil with a well lacing chestnut colored head. Wow I dig the nose on this beer. Totally unexpected sharp aroma of leather and shoe polish. I know it sounds like all kinds of wrong, but it really is addictive. I get a huge dark uber bitter chocolate flavor right at the beginning that is quickly followed by a heavy roasted grain character. The back end is all roasty espresso and sharp bitterness that ties the beer together. Like the Big Sound, the flavor is really tight and well directed. No lingering flavors or things that seem out of place. The body is pretty much everything you could ask for in the style, heavy, a little creamy and not overly cloying. Glad I was able to get my hands on this one. Definitely makes me want to try the various barrel aged versions.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
HUGE! pours nearly opaque black, brown head. Now almost all RISs have aroma and flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, deep roasted grains molasses, licorice, etc, this one is no different,. In my opinion, what seperates the truly great ones is the balance and amount of such flavors and aromas. MZ nailsit!!!!!! This is right up there with 3 Floydís Dark Lord and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Excellent- flavor and aroma is just bursting out my glass!
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with mrbunn. Pours a milky black, with no foam for me, all of it for mrbunn. First sniff is of musk and stales socks. WTF? 2nd sniff is better, of cocoa, oak, and bourbon. mrbunn insists on a bandaid smell, but I donít agree. Taste is bitter, of bakersí cocoa, and leather, and earth, and peat, and leather, and bitter, and not what I was hoping for. Wait, hold the train, the very late palate is GOOD espresso... very good, and VERY late. Inital flavors are of medicine, socks, or wet gauze... but the finish is of excellent coffee/espresso... Not sure what to make of it? Booze is evident, at times, and the variety of possible flavors is impressive, and it improves as it warms. Still, much like the Russian people, the Russian impy trends toward the bitter, abrasive, and alcoholic.... much like this beer.