JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Pours a pitch black with thick tall head, and good lacing. Smoke, chocolate, coffee, sweetness, and some hops in the aroma. Good roasted flavor of chocolate, coffee, bittersweetness, some caramel and toffee notes. Excellent brew. Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2006
Bottled. Black color with small tan head. Sweet and roasted aroma with notes of coffee. Thick and sweet palate with vinous and deep roasted character. In the finish the sweetness changes gradually to strong coffee-charcoal roast. Very good and long finish. orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 not the most pleasant stout, but what can you expect from 75 ibu (are you man enough?). The head disapears, flavor is comlex as well as the aroma. I enjoyed it with a brownie. linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle to snifter. Pours a midnight black with a dark tan creamy meteor crater landscaped head with excellent lacing. Scent is malty and roasted malt. Taste is malty/roasted malt with a medium tasting yet full body. Lots of activity on the lips. Nice fireplace ash/smokyness element throughout drink. Goes down very smooth with lots of character and body. smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - NOV 6, 2006
pours jet black with dark tan head. roasty, sweet chocolate, touch of smoke, and a bit of burn in the nose. mouth is a little fizzy for what i like in russians. flavor is roasty with some cocoa, malty sweetness, and hops dryness and alcohol burn. totally solid but not my favorite one.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle, thanks zeswaft. Dark chocolate color, opaque, with a light brown head. Nose is roasty and smoky, hops, alcohol, cocoa, some light coffee notes, sweet and burnt malts. Really smooth flavor (goes well with chocolate). Sweeter than I expected, again, hops and alcohol, bittersweet malt, cocoa like notes, very roasty. Maybe a touch too sweet. Nice on the palate, oily and silky, while still having a dry finish. Very nice beer, the barrel aged brother is a good upgrade for sure. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Black with a dark tan, frothy, decent sized head with excellent lacing. Nose is nice like a burnt, roast chocolate with nice earthy hops backing nicely. Flavor is like the description although coffee flavor is not as apparent as chocolate and roast, and backing flavor of burnt caramel and toffee really becomes more apparent as flavor progresses. Hops are earthy and slightly piney, no citrus really noted, but they bring a medium-high bitterness. Palate is full and chewy, almost silky, with a soft carbonation. Finish is bitter with roast and burnt toffee still there and slightly dry. Very nicely done Imp, but not quite to the level of the oaked. My only reall complaint is the hops don’t seem to cooperate with the dark malt flavors; however, definately worthy of it’s accolades from such a great brewery. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Big thanks to my secret santa for providing this, as I probably wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise... you know, one of those beers that’s so common and cheap that you never end up buying it because you always know it’ll be there, even though it’s awesome. Anyway, I’ve sat on this one for about 6 months, letting this hops mellow from the fresh oak-aged yeti I had which I knew to be really strong. Mellowed they have, and this has turned into one hell of a beer. Aroma is rich chocolate at first, with nice hop undertones, lychee, caramel, soy sauce. Pour is just as beautiful as its barrel brother, dark black with a great, dark brown head. Flavor is rich, roasty, chocolate and caramel, yet still balanced, offering still some good hop bitterness in the finish along with more sweet caramel. Without a doubt one of the best ISs out there, especially of the higher production variety. jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Chocolatey notes with hints of coffee. Nice balance with malts and hops, hints of alcohol, but not overwhelming. Nice thick mouthfeel, chocolatey, smokey. Warms you right up as your drinkin. Very nice brew. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Rating #100. 22oz Bottle. Pours deep black, can see thickness in the pour. Great chocolate tan head. Initial aroma and taste is hops, with dark chocolate and roast coffee bean. As this beer warms, it displays even more of the deep roast taste. Great beer.