MavDunk (105) - - MAY 14, 2017 TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bonus bottle thanks Aaron. Pours jet black with slight light brown head. Smells of chocolate and cherries / plums. Taste of burnt bitter sweet chocolate and cherries and has a nice bittering hops that lingers till your next sip. Overall it’s a good brew that tends to taste better the warmer it gets.
Pours jet black with thick khaki head that leaves lacing. Smoky cocoa and coffee scent. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, dark malts, with barely perceptible booze taste. Heavy body. Mildly bitter chocolate aftertaste. Quality imperial stout. onceblind (9858) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Rich inky black pour with a Lacey, sticky tan head. Rich sweet dark chocolaty nose with a gentle bit of oak and char and brown sugar. Rich deep dark malty flavor with brown sugary and dark chocolate flavors, full, slightly boozy and tastes almost like it was Barrel Aged. Rich and amazing. gopherfan99 (1947) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Bottle; pours black with a thin ring of mocha colored foam; roasted malt aroma with dark fruits, chocolate, and licorice; taste has some roasty bitterness, chocolate, dark fruits, and a hint of coffee; finish is roasty and bitter; unexpectedly good for a Leinenkugel beer frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2016
I was actually not going to rate this, but it’s too good not to. Huge pour, huge head, viscous, impressive. Smoke nose, dirty choco malt flavor, alcohol hidden but potent. Everything you’d want from an RIS is right here. Malt, sweet, burnt, bigly, sticky, sweet, burnt, all of it. ~~~~~~~~ No idea how this ended up in my fridge but I’m happy it did. zubblwump (102) - Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2016 2015 bottle. Smells really, really good right off the bat...mostly chocolate and coffee. Pours thin, but a nice dark, near black with a dark frothy head. Sweet up front with pleasant bitter undertones. Gets better as it warms. This is a well put together, classic Russian imperial stout. I like it a lot.
Ferris (15901) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle - Sweet toffee and light chocolate. Deep black with a light brown head. Sweet bitter molasses, nice bitterness and hops. A bit flowery and pretty nice, fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle from The Beer Junction, Seattle; vintage 2015Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Black color, thin brown head. The aroma has a lot of leather and liquorice, hint of apples, mushroom. Lean but bold body; moderate sweetness, with intense molasses and chocolate flavor, salty, and finally roasted malts.
2010 bottle. Black, 2 finger tan head. Smells of chocolate and booze. Chocolate, red fruit, stone fruit in the flavor. Medium thick. Quite a nice beer. wrlangin (226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
Good, enjoyable RIS. Nothing too unique or standout, but a traditional RIS executed very well.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ZacM612 (738) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Opaque black with a brown head. Sweet aroma, some chocolate. Flavor also has some dark fruit sweetness.