UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.
A: Pours an impenetrable black, and forms a moderate, relatively short-lived head of pale tan. The head leaves a ring in its wake, with sparse, patchy lacing.
S: "Roasty" is the first word to come to mind as regards the scent, which is warm with dark malt and scorched grain. A faint undertone of molasses and seared caramel waft beneath, along some black currant and raisin hints.
T: Huge malt flavors. Waves of roasted grain with molasses-like sweetness and burnt toffee with some dark chocolate seem to alternate as it move across the palate. There’s a faint earthen-ashy bitter tone underneath, though it does not interfere with the slideshow of maltiness - this is a silky-smooth stout. Black currant flavors show up here and there, with hints of raisin along for the ride, and there’s a touch of deeply dark coffee along as well.
M: Huge and creamy, this drinks like an Imperial stout.
O: This is a particularly good Russian Imperial Stout. Will repeat.
k92488 (415) - NORWAY - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.33 flaske. Sort med brunt skum som henger. Fantastisk smak av kaffe sjokolade karamell og mild. Aroma av malt kaffe sjokolade skog. Kanongod
Sammy (11773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big IS that meets the style, though not super drinkable.. Thickish, black, some coffee. coconut (despite not being the BA).
GenDV138 (6854) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2016 375 ml bottle into a snifter. Bought at the brewery back in June 2014 before heading to RBSG. Black with half a finger of tan head, fades fairly quick into a thin ring. Aromas of nice rich dark chocolate fudge, caramel, a bit of dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, light roast, caramel, dark fruit, a little soy sauce. Medium-full body with a dry and warm finish. Very low carbonation.
Lukaduke (3123) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with the wife thanks to JStax ! Pours a viscous black with deep burnt umber edges and a finger of khaki foam. Nose is soft roast, cocoa pebbles cereal, creamy coffee and hints of dark fruit and licorice. Palate is big and roastier than the nose leads you to believe. Big dark bakers chocolate, tobacco, booze spiked coffee, nice lingering bitterness.
BenDover (228) - Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown, some tan foam. Aroma is roasty and sweet. Taste of dark chocolate and coffee. Great stuff.
drfabulous (7403) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Dark pour. Chocolate and creamy goodness. Not super heavy in body. Well balanced. Hides the alcohol well.
jkwood04 (5380) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle in a wine glass. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some dark chocolate and coffee notes, dark fruits, some light notes of bitterness, and some dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Smooth texture. A good imperial stout.
WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pour from a bottle is a nice opaque black with a light tan head, aroma is soft with a little cocoa nibs and molasses. Taste is a nice combo of molasses, cocoa nibs and coffee. After taste is a little bitter and dry but goes down smooth.
hackobock (3854) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
December 13, 2014. Bottle at home, 2014 vintage. Rating #1700.
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, coffee, light sweet licorice,dark fruits and hints of vanilla. Taste is medium sweet with chocolate, dark fruits and light bitter roasted coffee, finish is sweet caramel, fruits with coffee and a lingering dark roasted note. Medium bodied, smooth soft carbonation.