shadey (2140) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Black with a nice thick creamy tan head. Aroma is mild with only some bitter chocolate and roast. Palate is well carbonated. Flavor is almost burnt. The roasted flavor has become burnt and almost offensive in the finish. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2005
bomber thanks to hey_kevin. wow! this is a nice surprise. I let this bottle sit out for about 10 -15 minutes before I opened it up and it was the right thing to do. roarty malt aroma with some bittersweet chocolate, coffee and alcohol. color is a deep dark brown with a small tan head that settles down to swirls of lace chasing around on the top of the ale. mild flavors of the aforementioned choc/coffee/alcohol with other hints of dark fruit and earthy oak. hop bitterness on the end is present but is in nice balance to the mild flavors up front. the mouthfeel is a little thin yet it has a buttery smoothness to it. I’m a little surprised by the low average rating this one has received! IMO, under-rated. 3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 22oz bottle, sampled at camp after a bomber of Stone RIS 2005. Body is initially thin, but by the end of the bottle I was digging this one. It seemed more thick that at first, which had some light, dry malts, some cream and some very light dark woody fruit flavors. These dark fruit (plum, black cherries, etc) opened up a lot when it warmed: leaving me with a thick, rich and sweet dark chocolate, raspberry seed, black cherry and oak concoction. But still this imperial stout remains just below the level of being really good. My impressions are mixed, because at first it seems like a mid or high 2, but by the end I could almost give it a 4 or above. I will definitely rerate, but wait until the entire bottle is at a good temperature before I begin. I should also take this moment to bitch a litle bit, because Full Sail has the capacity, creativity and talent to brew a top 10 imperial stout if they wanted to, but their direction is more mass marketed, outside of the Boardhead, which has a loyal following in Oregon. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Tasted on Tap at 2005 OBF. Dark black color. Small sized tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla. A medium bodied Russian Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee and roasty malts. Slightly bitter hops. Nice roasty flavors. Little milder than expected for a RIS. Good drinking stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Maybe the first time Full Sail has failed to meet expectations, though they are pretty high expectations. Aroma is roasted chocolate, which didn’t compete well with the other chocolate brews at OBF. Appearance is nice and dark, with some red streaks in it, as well as a nice coppery head. Flavor is a bit too much alcohol for the palate, making it a bit harsh. Mouthfeel is very creamy.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
(draft) Creamy tan head atop a body that is black with red highlights. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee, some roasty. Taste is rich, moderately sweet, chocolate, roasty, light cherry, with a bit of alcohol burn in the swallow. Full creamy body. slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
This beer lokos great, with a very dark color and copper colored head. The palate is a little thin for a big dark beer like this, but the flavor is very heavy. The flavors of this beer are very nice, except for the fortified alcohol taste. It tasted buttery and roasty at first, and then turned into fortified alcohol taste that ruined the whole beer. I wouldn’t order this again. PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Draught @ Pilsner Room. I really enjoyed this beer. I was served a full 16oz of this stuff in a pint glass, and it was way too cold. I warmed it in my hands from about 10 mins. Much more approachable than some of the big Impy Stouts. Very black, thin tan frosting. Aroma was bitter chocolate, mild roasty, and a lingering hoppiness. Thinner than most Impys but still very satisfying with a little kick at the end. Nicely rounded beer. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Bomber bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights when held to light and a nice tannish head. Aroma features lots of roasty malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, sour milk and floral hops. Flavor is all of the above from the aroma, with a little charcoal roastiness and a somewhat overpowering floral aftertaste. Medium to full body and cream carbonaton. This doesn’t compare to the best of the class, but it’s not bad. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
22oz bottle. Surprise, I actually enjoyed this one. dark color, decent brown head, no lace. Aroma very similiar to coffee. And it drnks with coffee intensity as well... body is decent, a bit light for a big stout maybe, but still full. Chocolate and hints of liquorice round out the beer. the finish is a bit thin. This isn’t really in the league as far as world class RIS...but it made me think that maybe Full Sail MIGHT produce a truly good beer at some point! This one is almost close.