katrinaez (2085) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Not sure if we got a bad batch, but it was a very sour and highly acidic beer. Not the bitter burnt malts I was expecting. No molasses, no tobacco, more of a dulled cocoa and brown with vinegar and oak. Sour effervescence on the nose. Color was ok with a light blackish brown. Palate was sour. Bottle. nimbleprop (8474) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
750ml bottle pours an opaque, thick black with some lacing, creamy, tan head. Nose has what you’d expect, licorice, molasses, some very dark raisins, some pencil lead, burnt caramel, a little tar, toast. Flavor follows right along, burnt caramel, black licorice, malt, toast, some mild coffee grounds, some raisin, some pencil lead, roast. Full bodied, sticky, roasty finish. This is a very well made beer. drfabulous (8098) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2014
I forget which trade I got this 750 in. Ok Stout with light body and a slightly tangy finish to it. bytemesis (8584) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small dark brown head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving decent lacing. Aroma is roasty, anise, cocoa, molasses. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, lightly burned, cocoa and roasty notes with perhaps a tiny bit of rubber. Some acidity. Medium plus body, lingering bitter and burned notes. Pretty solid effort. ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Bomber, corked and caged. Pours opaque coffee with tan head that lasts. Smells of vanilla, wood, coffee, resin, and anise. Drinks with a mild alcohol bite and moderate lingering bitterness. Tastes of wood, maple, coffee, and dark chocolate. Good effervescence. Lingering coffee flavor.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Received in trade.
The appearance was a jet black in color with a two finger off white to tan foamy head that dies within about one minute. The lacing is somewhat clingy yet sporadic with one ring of lacing near the top of the snifter.
The smell had dark roasted chocolate mixed well with sticky sweet licorice.
The taste was sweet through the previously mentioned flavors with a nice roasty yet sticky aftertaste and dry finish.
On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy with a pretty good carbonation for the Russian Imperial Stout style that gently brushes against my mouth and tongue in a roasty sort of way.
Overall, pretty good Russian Imperial Stout well worthy of coming back to. closey22 (1981) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Dark black with thin lasting foamy tan head; aroma is sweet Little vanilla notes; Flava is sweet and slightly acidic roasted malt and roAsty bitterness; feels thick creamy and slightly fizzy; finishes dry with notes of chocolate PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Tap at Barcade: Near opaque pour with a deep khaki head. Pretty aromatic: chocolaty, roast, fennel, some hop notes. Silky body. Rich roast in the flavor. Soy sauce, char, long roast amd dark chocolate. A straight forward impy with a solid profile. tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2013
2012 bottle. Pours black with 1 finger of mocha head and nice lace. Nose of roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, coffee and booze. Full body with tons of coffee and roasted malt. Better than I was expecting, especially after looking at the bottle that the cork is sticking out way too far. BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Eh. Pours black with tan head. Smells like dough and yeast. Tastes the same with a hint of roasted chocolate and coffee. Not much to this one.