NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Very dark black pour with a dark tan head. Very roasty aromas, coffee, cocoa, even some toasted oak notes (even though it isn’t barrel aged whoa), toffee, and caramel as well. Flavor is sweet roasted malt upfront with cocoa and molasses as well. Smooth and rich finish. So well balanced and complex. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Thanks for sharing the CCB bottles Tyler! Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2008
From tap this baby pours a mean pitch black not a speck of lite coming through. Produces the most deisel looking head i’ve ever seen looks like looks like a chocolate mouse froth (if you will) I mean just beautiful.Smells of bitter chocolate,Coffee, maybe a little coconut very intense aromatics. Taste soon as this hit my lips I said Holy Shit this was automatically in my top three all time impy stout’s. This beer is packed with chocolate,coffee, currants, and some vinous notes. Palate maybe the best part so smooth and silky it was sublime.
Overall a classic Big, Robust, but not overdone just fuckin wonderful.
A tip of the hat to CCB dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Been searching for this one for a while and finally got it. A beautiful pour that is jet black and thick. Big aroma of coffee and malts. The alcohol is a little over powering, but still enjoyable. PorterPounder (7961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 750 ml bottle. Pours a luxurious ink black with some dark purple tints as it pours into the glass. Head is dark brown and eventually fades - nice thickness to it with some bubbles popping. Strong aroma with some vanilla notes, cognac, marshmallows and licorice. Flavor, which improves as it warms, is elegant and warming. Coffee permeates the palate with some vanilla notes, cognac like liqueur flavor, some licorice and a bit of chocolate. Coats the mouth and leaves you thirsting for more, yet full and satisfied. Mouthfeel is thick and rich . Nice one to ride a Tropical Storm out on. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2009
bottle thanks to Daknole, a nice pffsssttt as the bottle opens releases a nice mist and I start to pour. Now I know I have used the term "motor oil" and "thick as hell" before, but no other beer, NOT ONE can touch the consistency that this brew has. Pouring it in the glass I get the feeling that this beer could clog my arteries, it honestly looked like maple syrup going on pancakes. Once settled in the glass, a thin waterfall leaves a very dark and mean looking dark brown head. The aroma is unique to any other RIS nose I have had the pleasure of sniffing. Strong expresso, booze, dark fruits, and wood. Really no sweet aromas at all. It’s entirely dark, bitter, and brutal smelling. Flavors follow that thought process to a T. Bitter expresso, molasses, oak, and a dryness in the mouth from a nice hop character. There is balance, but it seems more of a balance of one form of bitter to another. There really isn’t a sweet note at all, and it’s really not a bad thing at all. This puppy is dark and dangerous. Thanks to Dak and CCB!
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a luxurious tan head.
Aroma: Freshly ground medium roasted coffee, dark chocolate, black forrest cake, and dark dried fruit.
Taste: Burnt roast, dark chocolate, chocolate cake, and espresso.
Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, but not super goopy.
Overall: A heavy, sexy impy! Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2010 The base of one of my favorite beers, Hunahpu’s. Pours an oily black color with a very thin no color bubly head. Has an aroma of cherries and chocolate with hints of roast. Has a sweet start with a nice thick mouthfeel. Some gentle bitters. Nice velvety chocolate and cherry notes through the finish. Great IS. But it’s no Hunahpu’s.
Nov. 17, 2010 - On tap at Blind Tiger with Joey Redner in the house. It will always be known at Hunahpus little brother, but this is a great IS in its own right. Nice a creamy out of the tap. Just excellent. 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! PhillyCraft (7216) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Pours a deep, solid motor-oil black with absolutely no head, nor carbonation. Aroma of bitter chocolate, maple syrup, molasses, 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. One of my favorite Russians, stout and the general. crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
750 ml capped bottle, 2009 vintage, thanks jdubfl.
Pours into my snifter a dense black, with no light even on the edges. The head is the best ive seen, it is cocoa brown and looks like chocolate creme. It stick around nicely leaving some very nice lacing behind.
The smell is pretty wild on this one, like no beer I have smelled before, thanks to the cedar. Along with the fresh cedar there is massive amounts of malt and a huge chocolate presence. This is also one of my favorite smelling brews. There is a tiny hint of sourness and wine way underneath too. It is totally exotic, but very well executed.
This one tastes very delicious. The malts are very easy to pick out and leave layers of flavor as you go. The cedar is a huge presence in the taste and it tastes good. It is a totally different beast than oak, it melds with the bitterness expertly creating almost a piney flavor. It is sweet and has a decent alcohol presence but neither become overpowering.
The mouthfeel could be less carbonated, but for the most part it is pretty good. My mouth has gotten really sticky while drinking this stuff.
This stout is jam packed with flavor, it isn’t for the faint of heart, I wish I had another bottle to age.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-29-2010 00:29:39