craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2008
bottle at Summits in Cumming, GA. Very excited about seeing this one on the chalkboard at Summits today... I’ve never seen it in GA before. Pours a pitch thick black with a small tan head. Smells like a big malty chocolate bar... Thick body over the palate with a creamy texture. The chocolate and malts really shine through all the way through the finish. Quite delicious. I was not disappointed at all - in fact I was very impressed by this beer. I would like some more... adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 7, 2008
Pours a thick oily pitch black with a medium light brown head. Aroma of molasses, dark chocolate, soy and barley malt. Taste is sweet, thick and syrupy with hints of molasses, dark chocolate, malt, soy sauce and barley. Excellent !! pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Pitch black in the glass, with a minimal mahogany aura on the edges. Smells of beef jerky (its a manly, chuck norris kinda beer) maple and mesquite. Oily, boozy, and chocolatey with some red fruit character on the edges. Semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. Clingy bitey palate. gdaigle (12) - North Oaks, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
On tap. This is such a complex, and HUGE beer. It took 1.5 hours of slow sipping to drink the pint. The flavors and smells evolved considerably as the beer opened up and warmed. It should have been served in a brandy snifter instead of the pint glass. If I could change one thing, I’d make the alcohol a bit less forward. There is a very forward distilled alcohol flavor that does fade a bit as the beer warms. What a fun beer. Definitely worth a try, you’ll never forget it if you do. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to pantanap. Dark, viscious pour. Very aromatic, super dark fruitiness, lots of good smells. Slightly sweet, a small amount of bitterness, a little vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate. Very good stuff.
neepsntatties (1988) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Pours as black as moonless night! A little soy sauce and unsulphured molasses on the nose. On the palate...Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate, fresh roasted Arabica, slight tang on the back of the palate with a long, cloying finish. Pure nectar! jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Pours thick black, so thick, there were no hues or tints otherwise. Just straight dark black. Head is dark tan and somewhat pillowy. Smells of mocha, cigar smoke, and burnt coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, two-day old burnt coffee, cigarette ash, and fruity sweet malt. The aftertaste is sweet, lingering, and rich. Tons of flavor. Very rich beer. Awesome job. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
12oz bottle from Warehouse poured into a snifter. Pours black with a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, light sugar and a little chocolate. A little dry red wine also. Taste is medium bitter. Lots of coffee and chocolate with a little plum and other dark fruit. Herbal and pine hops. Medium bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, awesome. I’m glad I finally found this beer. Chargedgs (8) - Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2011 does not count
Bought this beer not expecting much. Upon opening my initial thoughts had changed, chocolate and dark fruits hit the nose. Its a darker imperial not the darkest I’ve seen but still very dark. The taste is what really surprised me and to be honest only stone RIS was better, just my opinion though. Will be buying a four pack or two to see how it cellars.
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The nose provides hints of sweetness and dried dark fruit. The pour is thick and black with a small tan head and nice lacing. The taste is much like the aroma, complex and rewarding. There is a combination of roasty, coffeey, alcoholy flavors with notes of cherries and chocolate. The long finish is a burnt bitterness. This is one of my favorite Imperial Russian stouts.
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