peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2010
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
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 City’s 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
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 Floyd’s 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
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 don’t agree. Taste is bitter, of bakers’ 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. MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle with love to gorditoabd for sharing. Body is a dark and fairly thick brown and supports a head that looks like an inch of chocolate mousse. Aromas are odd... cocoa, autumn leaves, cream, and maybe bandaids or something hospital-based. Flavor is OK, but falls far short of expectations from CCB. (Hell, any brewery that can convince me that a brown ale isn’t a waste of time...) It’s heavy with leather and bitter chocolate, vanilla, espresso (very late palate on that one), anc... after warming a bit... chocolate ice cream.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Roasted malts,choclate,coffee beans and a definite cloud of alcohol. Has the rich superior Imp Stout texture. Flavor of Hershey syrup,mixed roasted malts,some bitterness in finish,body just makes medium, flavorful,but not as complex as the best glennmastrange (2868) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, and coffee, moderate resin for the hops and earth for the yeast, with hints of tar, licorice and tobacco. Head is none existant but has good legs. Color is black. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is fuller than full, syrupy/chewy, with a carbonation that’s just about flat and finishes moderately alcoholic and quite sticky. This Imperial Stout is an absolute mouthful, definitely something you’d want to share considering the alcohol and the size of the bottle. Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Jimmy from Jacksonville, Fl. What an incredibly delicious and complex imperial stout. The pour was jet black with a beautiful dark brown head. The aroma was that of roasted malts. The flavors were remarkably layered and complex with roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses. One of the all time great stouts, this one certainly packed a wallop at 11%. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2010
Pours black as space with a very thick darkbrown head. Aroma is amazing. strong coffee and chocolate. The flavour is fantastic, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. with a strong and bitter hop finish. soo complex. this is a hell of a stout mufasa (11) - USA - AUG 4, 2010
Had this on back to back nights with the double barrel aged version to compare the differences. It is fantastic, a lot of chocolate flavors. Would like to also try after it has a little age to it along with the double barrel version. I think it will really awaken in about 6 months.