NachlamSie (3617) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2012
On tap at Dirty Jack’s served in a goblet. This is a great imperial stout. It’s black and viscous in appearance. Aroma packs plenty of roasty espresso and earth with an even balance of chocolate. The finish is bittersweet and ashy. This is rich and fulfilling without becoming tedious. It has an almost milky quality intertwined with the heavier, dry roastiness. This was a great sipper for a cool evening on the patio. Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Earlier Rating: 1/7/2008 Total Score: 4
Draught. Pours black with mere rubies appearing in the body a whispy khaki head. The nose is heavily roasted with loads of bitter coffee, toasted oats, and sweet chocolate to boot. The mouthfeel is hefty and warming which compliments all the roasty flavors. The initial sip is sweet of chocolate, but quickly transitions to a lingering, smoky bite. This is very nice.
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a very dark color appearing black in the glass. Large creamy head with good head retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, nutty notes, coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet, sweet malts with some roastiness. Almost sugary. Some caramela and toffee and a faint hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Tap at Green Man brewery tasting room. Pours a deep dark brown near black with a foamy lasting tan head. Aroma is nutty, big roast, bittersweet chocolate, earthy and herbal hops, a bit of anise and licorice- a bit oily. Flavor is also oily with anise seed, tar, and big black chocolate malts, some burnt malts, get a bit harsh- some roast, light coffee, and grassy and fruity hops. Finish is fairly smooth. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Dark black p;our with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma is licorish, roasted malt, and abv. Medicine flavor, roasted, malt, abv, medium malt bitter. A bit thin and watery. Good beer close to being really good. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Growler. Black pour with a thin white head. Aroma is roasted malt and sugar, sweet coffee. Flavor is molasses, roasted malt and coffee wit ha slightly nutty bittersweet finish. Good.
jcwattsrugger (12579) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2009
on nitro-pours a tan head and black color. Aroma is dark malt, fruity-apple/weak anise. Taste is dark malt, fruity-apple/weak anise, earthy. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Tap at the brewpub on 2/3/08: Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a stringy-lacing tan head. Sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose has some dark fruity complexity and licorice notes. Body starts fairly full and earthy dark caramely sweet with rich dark chocolate complexity and some molasses and raisins before a slightly bitter, but mostly sweet finish. Nicely balanced and flavorful. The cask version has an even creamier head and mouthfeel with good licorice flavor. DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Draft at Jack of the Wood. Jet black with a little light brown head. Burnt coffee and some chocolate on the nose. Not as overpowering a smell as many imperial stouts. Warming, smoky coffee flavors with some sweetness...maybe caramel? This guy’s really well balanced and creamy and overall a great beer from a cool brewpub. Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Draft @ brewpub. Labeled as an RIS, but wasn’t poured in proper glassware (I’m picky). I thought this was a standout while I was drinking in Asheville. Dark pour here with an alluring and creamy tan head. Deep, roasted chocolate malts round the palate with a slight burn on the front end. After I drank this I was impressed by the balance that made it dry and bitter. A slight hint of ashy smoke on the finish. Great brew. Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2009
On draft at Jack of the wood after thanksgiving. They had it labeled as *russian imperial stout* so i hope this is the same beer. Near black pour with a minimal ring of dark tan head. Aroma is not all that strong but does contain notes of plum, alcohol, and light chocolate. Lots of alcohol in the flavor, along with chocolate, roast malt, and rum soaked fruits. Id imagine this would improve with some cellaring. Some dark cherry flavors emerge as it warms.