illidurit (2354) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
06 vintage. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Darkest possibly shade of brown, nearly black. Some amber highlights when backlit. Nice dark tan head struggles to form through the viscous liquid. Aromas of cocoa powder, graham crackers, iced coffee, and prune/raisin fruitiness. Flavor is loads of roasted barley but not in an acrid way. Lesser notes of caramel, dark chocolate, graham crackers, raisins, figs, and prunes. Slightly acidic, solid roasted bitterness, dry without much astringency. Hugely flavorful but not crushingly thick-bodied. Very easy to drink. Damn good RIS. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2009
12oz bottle, 2006 vintage I believe, courtesy of dave12285 poured into a tulip.
Pours dark opaque black with only the faintest hint of light showing through the edges when held up to light. The head is small and tan, fading quickly to a tiny ring and leaving no lacing.
The aroma is fairly one-dimensional, with the dark, sweet roasted malts dominating the nose altogether. It’s definitely sweet with some chocolate, licorice and dark fruits.
The taste let me down a bit as it seems to be a watered down version of the aroma. The sweetness isn’t nearly as deep, with the chocolate malts and licorice present, but in less amounts. The finish is chalky with a bitterness that lingers through the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is light, almost watery, with low carbonation and much less body than I would expect from an RIS.
The nose had me looking up but this stout ended up a little too bland and watery to be great. It’s a decent example of the style but nothing to bring me back for another one. flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Nice black color with a lacy tan head. Sweet raisin and smoked wood aroma. Nice roasted malt, raisin and bitter chocolate flavors. Medium carbonation.
Palate was a little thin for me. Overall,very nice. piscator34 (2622) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottled sample. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, a bit of stewed fruit, French roast coffee, and ash. Quite dry and chalky in the mouth, along with more roasted malt (coffee and chocolate) notes. Some caramel malt flavors are present as well, along with some oxidation as the bottle was a few years old. Medium bodied. An average impy. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to decaturstevo. Inky thin black with a thin quick light tan head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, coffee. Taste is ashy, roast, bitter coffee and chocolate.
DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2009
2006 Bottle shared by STLWill (Thanks!) Dark brown pour, rich and smoky coffee aroma. Flavor was very smoky, peat, little coffee and finished dry. Decent. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
12oz bottle. Black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is a pleasant mixture of coffee, licorice, and dried fruit. The flavor has a pretty strong roasted character that is like very dark chocolate. Bitterness is on the hight side, and there is more alcohol burn than you would expect for a beer with only 8%abv. Light fruity character, full bodied, with medium bubbles. Poseidon’s is a pretty solid imperial stout all around and drinks bigger than it is, though it isn’t very distinctive. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours oil black with a 3 finger dense tan head that results in great lacing. The nose is burnt malt, toasted oats, cocoa and light coffee. The taste is ashy cocoa, roasted coffee beans, dark fruit and baker’s chocolate with some bitter hops in the finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel, thought a bit light for the style. Good IS. Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Poured black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and citrus. Coffee, chocolate, and fruit flavors. Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
Black, black, black oh my god is this stuff black it’s a black whole sucking in all thing color leaving nothing but blackness around it, capped off with tall and thick brown head, the head phenomenal retention and left curtains of lacing behind. The aroma is amazing Rich dark roasted coffee mixed with rubbing alcohol (not really a fan of this) and strange sent what can only be described as bitter milk chocolate (is that even possible?!?!?!?) Fawk I’ve been sniffing now for 20 min. I can’t get enough of this sent the rubbing alcohol has vanished now, great strength to this aroma not to strong and no problems detecting it. Oh so good thick and creamy feeling, so much intense flavor, smoky dark roast coffee and bitter chocolates, so very malty. Insane bitter after taste, intense flavor this is a stout.