katrinaez (2175) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2016 daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, - JAN 4, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very black colour with a fading dark tan coloured head. The nose is alcoholic with brown sugar. Slightly acidic smelling actually. The body is expresso, raw coffee bean and warming immediately. A tongue drying stout with hops that just don’t work that well for this stout. There’s just a touch of plastic and acidity around the finish as well. A bit too many things going wrong here to make this a good imperial stout.
Started off harsh and woody/mossy. A bit boozy but light compared to the abv listed. The mouthfeel isn’t heavy, more medium. Slight sugars at end. Bottle FROMTHEBOTTLE (82) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
.5Bomber. Pour is very dark with good lacing. Head is a light beige and rather thin. Aromas of dark fruit ( prunes) and anise. Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate dominate on the palate. Subtle hints of molasses and cherries combine with a little hops to make a fine offering. 9.5%abv blends well with all the flavors. hivemind (919) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Tap @ Barcade w/ Erica. Pours near black. Good smooth chocolatey body with notes of cocoa and caramel. Very chewy mouthfeel, awesome. Bit of hop bitterness. Big fan. Spab (4002) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
650 ml bottle from Niagara Falls Wegmans. Pours a virtually black dark brown with large, creamy beige head. Aroma is roasty, black maltiness with lots of coffee and some anise. Flavour is charred malt with strong coffee, anise and slight hints of dark fruit. Medium-full body. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle @ home via the ol’ rot box. Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Burnt roasted malty nose with chocolate, some char, smoke, light coffee, and a fair amount of anise. Medium full body. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. More anise, piney hops, and dark chocolate in the flavor. Fairly smooth. Not sure I’m crazy about the flavor but it’s ok.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Serving: Bottle. Black pour with a frothy light tan head. Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and a bit of sweet stone fruit in the nose. The flavor is a bit sweet up front followed by black coffee, a slight burnt note, and a very little dried dark fruit in there. Lighter body than I was expecting. Not bad. smitty137 (1) - - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
This northeastern stout was absolutely delicious. There was just the right amount kick for a craft beer and I wish the bottle was just a little bit bigger. :-) I'll have to grab a few more bottles the next time I'm in The Syracuse area. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
06-Mar-14 (22-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!)jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Several years old, this beer is still quite solid. It pours a black body with half an inch of dark-tan head that settles to a ring. The aromas are dark and pungent, showing tobacco, charred meat, prune, and chocolate, leading to flavors of dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, cigarette ash, burnt toast, prune, and coffee, with medium sweetness that’s balanced by medium, lingering bitterness. The beer is medium-full in weight, medium in carbonation, and finishes relatively dry for pretty good drinkability. Overall, quite enjoyable and it’s held up very well.
Bottle thanks to Springlicker. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of fudge brownie, roast chocolate, coffee, black licorice and earthy chocolate. Medium body. Dry old licorice finish. Gluepot (682) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
head is an attractive dark tan on a black body. The nose has some coffee and chocolate with a hint of bubble gum and some whiffs of something medicinal. The taste has bittersweet chocolate, a thick maltiness, coffee and a hint of cherry and other dark fruits. There is more effervescence than you would expect in a Russian imperial stout, which blunts many of the taste elements.