Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Solid black, with a roasty brown head, oatmea meets cocoa powder.
Big, fat, wide and out loud aroma. bitter hops, molasses, chocolate, a trickle of anise...rich and decadent, potent and luxurious, edging into whiskey-ish flavors.
Drinkin’ it...there we go, the vastness, the slick, viscous feel, with smooth, roasty oatmeal riding under it...terribly full-flavored, full-bodied, though not as thick as I like an Imperial Stout. Fine as it is, though. Goodness, it’s good.
A well-balanced, multi-layered, drinkable RIS. Tasty. This does a body good on a cold December night. Alcohol doesn’t intrude on the enjoyment.
Gets sharp at times, bright fruit flavor flashes in...but remains a solid Imperial Stout. Delicious stuff. k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle - Pours pitch black & viscous with a tight compact head from an aggressive pour. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolates, caramel and a light hint of alcohol. Flavor is similar with dark chocolate covered cherries, roast malt/barley and coffee that yields to bittersweet chocolates/cocoa with a light hop backing. Nice mouthfeel with a medium heavy body that finishes warm and roasty. folkdancin (5) - Fairborn, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008 does not count
Pours black as night with little to no head. Great aroma of caramel and toasted malts underlined with coffee and chocolate. Flavor is balanced with everything you want from an imperial stout. Creamy chocolate is the boldest but has nice tones of oatmeal, coffee and a slight vanilla rasine and licorice finish. It has a slight bitterness that you would want from this style. This beer is the most pleasing at the back of the palate and better as it warms. I will be picking up more and more of this one. phiconners (152) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2008
22 oz. from Julio’s. Black with a dark brown head. Strong flavor, a little creaminess. Alcohol comes through just a tinge. Very nice. Hangover (1152) - oxford, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Dark, thick black pour with a thin, yet lasting reddish/tan head. Milk chocolate aroma with some sweetness and alcohol. Nice creamy texture. Up front it’s pretty roasty, medium carbonation. Middle reveals more chocolate, cocoa and some light coffee notes. Finish is bitter and there is a lingering alcoholic warmth. This brew just begs to be sipped and enjoyed.
ABUSEDGOAT (2904) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Black pour with a moderate tan head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is heavily roasted (and somehow not offensive) with lesser notes like chocolate, caramel, alcohol and moderate hops. Medium to heavy body. Rich roasted aroma carries over somewhat, but not as well. Tasty, enjoyable and well made. Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 This is one of the best Russian Imperial stouts I have ever tasted. It is very complex tasting, yet It has it all. Super rich chocolatey, smooth flavor with lots of roasted malt flavor with bitter coffe and slight anise hints with a real nice alcohol finish. This is a BIG Beer at almost 10 % ABV, but it hides it nicely. The other IMPS that compare would be Stones Russian Imperail Stout, Left Hand Imperial Stout and Bourbon Barrel Stout, and Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperail Stout. Folks it don’t get any better than this stuff...welll maybe.. :) !!! glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Ah - B.O.R.I.S. I’ve been saving you....waiting for the perfect time. Pours oily black with thin chocolate brown head that it had to work for. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and lots of malt; pretty light compared to the taste. First thing that pops out in the taste is a reminder of chewing on a chocolate covered espresso bean; yum. You can taste the alcohol, but it is very subdued for a a beer that tastes this big. Easy drinking and just awesome. A little bit of salty licorice in the finish; molasses lingers. Just a slight bitterness comes out. Thanks to someone for sending me this....don’t remember who! 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Black as night, black coffee on the edges, dark brown head, minor in size and fairly fizzy, sparce lacing.   Huge sweet
graham cracker and oatmeal nose.   Moderate roasted malts, slight milk sugar.   Some alcohol is noticeable.   Velvety right off
the bat.   Very smooth and silky.   Quite malty, roasty, with a heaping dose of graham cracker.   Has a sort of Smores quality
about it too.   Alcohol is noticeable, being somewhat hot.   Moderate hop bitterness, a bit bigger in this than in other examples.
Picking up some vanilla and cocoa as well.   Does appear to be fairly chocolate oriented, on the bitter/darker side.
Smooth... very smooth and easy to put back.   This one lives up to its name.   Finish is warming, lingering cocoa and graham
cracker.   Great beer!   Thanks to RagallachMC for sending me several of these! MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2007
22oz bomber thanks to franksnbeans. Pours black dark with essentially no head. What there was of a head dissipated into just a line around the rim and light-brown swirls in the top of the drink. I felt the aroma was a mix of concentrated, alcoholic chocolate. My 10year-old son, on the other hand, thought it smelled like soy sauce mixed with wasabi. He likes sushi and chinese food. :-) The flavor was delicious chocolate, rich cocoa at that, with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium-to-thick with a dry aftertaste. Really loved this Impy stout.