jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
bottle. I assume the color was pitch black..hard to tell when your sitting on the back porch around 10pm smoking a nice Partagus. Choc malty flavor. I let is sit out of the fridge for about 45 minutes. walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2005
from the bottle. poured black with a nice brown head. aroma caramel, bitter sweet chocolate, malts, plums, raisins, and other dark fruits, with hints of alcohol. coffee. flavor a nice bitter sweet chocolate, caramels, malt, a nice bitter dryness to this sure glad I picked up a 4 pack. RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Dark brown to black with a brown head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate and alcohol apparent in the aroma. Flavors of coffe, chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Thinner than many Russian Imperial Stouts I have had. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall very nice. anders37 (26257) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2005
Bottle. Pours a brown/blackish colour. Off-white head. Has a smell of coffee and chocolate and a roasted smell. Some hints of alcohol too. The taste is roasted and abit bitter, you have chocolate and coffee taste too. It has a a nice bitter aftertaste. This is one of the best imperial stouts i have ever tasted. MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle. Pours dark brown, with an off-white head. Aroma is of chocolate malt, alcohol, a tad smoky. Deep malty flavor, a hint of coffee, alcohol, and some smoky flavor. Flavors hang around a bit in the finish, not as thick and rich some other imperials that I’ve had. Certainly a cut below the best imperial stouts, but don’t let that take anything away from the quality of this brew.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Black with a huge fluffy beige head. Bitter coffee aroma with some rosted malt. Initial taste is similar but fades to a sweet chocolate toffee that almost masks the coffee. Finishes dry bitter coffee. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours black with smallish tan head. Slightly smoky nose with notes of coffee, rich maltyness and fruit, Flavor is complex with toffee, chololate and bittersweet notes. finishes with dry bitterness as expected with an Imperial. MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2004
This beer was excellent in the bottle, although I prefer it on tap. An excellent Russian-style stout. As has been noted, it’s better as it warms up, but it’s not as bitterly smoky as I prefer my Imperial stouts. It’s got a hint of sweetness and burnt sugar, but is largely countered by its coffee and roasted flavours. Fantastic, although Rogue and Brooklyn’s are superior in my opinion. alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours black. Off white head with large bubbles. I smell roasted malts and coffee. Aroma also carries just a tiny bit of that alcohol smell. Initial tastes are similar to the smells: roasted malts. After a few swallows you can actually get some caramel, raspberries and plum. I wouldn’t recommend drinking this beer ice cold. If you’ve been storing it in the fridge, let it sit out and warm up a bit. This beer turned out to be more complex than initial tastes indicated. I like it a lot. dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2004
Bottled. Pours a black colour with a small, off-white and very lacey head. First aroma impressions are molasses, coffee and fruitiness. The first sips are pretty bitter and coffeish. Then I detect chocolate, fruitiness, but it ends pretty bitter and leaves a very slighty medicine-bitter aftertaste. This biterness diminished, though, the longer the beer sat in the glass. It´s light- to mediumbodied and pretty dry. This beer has a nice complexity, and some nice flavour characteristics, but I didn´t find it anywhere as enjoyable as the Stone Russian Imperial Stout, I had the day before. Thanks, saarlander, for this beer.