drfabulous (8808) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Decent Imperial. Not up to normal Russian Imperial standards. Dark. Intense flavors. But lacking a certain richness many RIS beers carry. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Handbottled by TAR and offered to us geeks at Amy’s over the Labor Day weekend gathering, much thanks:Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Opaque with a small ring of froth and good lace, a touch oily on the glassware as well. The aroma has notes of smoked and caramel malts, very roasty. Additionally I detected some cherry, prune and molasses with noticeable alcohol vapors. The taste is heavy on the malt and smoke with some fruit peaking in for good measure. The finish is quite different with a bitter quality from both a coffee tone and hop quality, even a little oaky even though it is not barrel aged. The mouthfeel is smooth, lush, and oily. This is very good stuff indeed, not a top dawg impy but most certainly stoutie worthy.
Hand bottled: Courtesy of TAR. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, smoke, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that quickly becomes a ring. Flavors are roasted malt and coffee with some light chocolate. Finishes with a hint of salt and a moderate smoke presence. Light tart fruitiness hides in the background, IndianaRed (5121) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Gowler transported from the brewpub by Harlequin. Sweet roasted aroma and roasted toootsie roll flavors. Not enough IBUs for an imperial but pretty tame in general. Flat fromt he 2 day old growler. Not bad though.
jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Growler fill - Thanks Chad! Pours a dark brown, near black with a small tan head. Aroma is heavy roast with coffee and hints of chocolate. Flavor is like a mocha blended with coffee, roasty, and a little bit fruity. I like the sweet elements into the coffee and the creaminess of the palate quite well on this one.
dnstone (3670) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Pours an opaque black with thick, lacing tan head. Chocolate cake aroma. Smooth, roasty, chocolate, vanilla notes, ant a bitter finish.
Notes: on tap at the brewery, Nov '17 TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 Draft: Opaque blackness. Well-packed caramel foam thins to a tight collar. Alluring nose of prunes bathing in vinous alcohol. Quite fudgy, worty, and inky, as well, with hints of charcoal, vanilla taffy, and burnt toffee. Snappy carbonation. Assertive roast malt edge compounds the airiness. Zippy with vinous alcohol traits coinciding with a mild roasted wood dryness. Body significantly thickens toward the center with lushly textured chocolate malts, which ooze with molasses-doused nougat and soft vanilla whispers. Filmy yeastiness coats the rear roof of the mouth. Loads of bittersweet mocha to match the espresso dryness and tannins. Minimal black patent astringency, but quite zingy. Finishes with a firmly cookie-ish black malt stamp and ashen malt textures as rich and tangy molasses lingers. Fairly straightforward version, only this being amped-up several notches and vinous enough to hold your attention. On the other hand, I would have chosen a more interesting yeast strain for better attenuation and more overall cleanliness. Dorwart (2613) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Hand bottled by TAR. Thanks! Thin dark brown head from a vigorous pour. Light carbonation. Thin wisp of foam on the surface. Very nice aroma. Pungent! Plenty of figs, caramel, molasses, raisins. Swet aroma. Color is black. Very thick body and a little chewy. Coats the mouth. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, bit of prunes and a hint of alcohol. YUMMY! Finish is creamy and slightly warming. A very good and a little sweet imperial stout. Thanks Jeff! Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Hand bottled sample courtesy of TAR. Pours dark oily brown with only a ring of film. Aroma is dominated by sweet malt and smoke, no coffee detectable to me,(which is good). Slight alcohol burn in the nose. Flavor is all sweet malt up front, with some strange fruit character throught the middle. Fades to a smoky like coffee finish. Very nice overall. topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pours nearly black with a brown head. Aroma is roasty malt, coffee, sweet chocolate, and a bit of hop. Flavor starts sweet and chocolatey with a nice smoothness over the tongue. Finish is roasty and lightly bitter. Nice without being over the top.