furthur (1225) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 15, 2016 sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 [Bottle] Pours black with a small brown head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, in fact it smells like liquid brownies. Taste is loaded with chocolate again, which slowly becomes taken over with deeply roasted malt. Moderate bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, long finish. Not overly complex, especially in the finish, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Since I’m just getting over a cold, I’ll re-rate this in a few days.
Re-rate: Aroma more of a mix of chocolate and anise. Mouthfeel is still good. Taste is a bit of a letdown with this bottle, with the deeply roasted malt more dominant and the flavor overall not melding as nicely. Dropping it a couple of tenths.
Bottle says 9%, from trade, black beer, big walnut colored head. Aroma plums, figs, chocolate, metal, cookies. Taste is chocolate, coffee, kahlua (but in a good way, not too sweet), plum, molasses, hint of cherries. Palate is smooth and rich but not syrupy, carbonation subdued. Finish is roasty dry. This hits all my favorite things about impy stouts. If there’s a flaw, it’s the hops/citrus rind on the finish, just a touch too strong, to my taste, for balance, but this comes very close! Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Shared with Dempsey himself, courtesy of RussianDragon.
Dark brown body with a dark beige cap. Licorice, molasses, chocolate, bitter cocoa. Quit tasty! A beautiful merging of an Irish dry stout with a heavier and richer Russian imperial stout. jredmond (8518) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2016
2013 bottle shared with Scarlett on Christmas day 2015. Pours a deep brown black body with thin tan lacing. Nose is roast and ash. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of roast, chocolate and sugar. tnkw01 (1789) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle. Black in color. When held up to the light hints of brown. Small tan head. Aroma was strong coffee, that really over powered anything else. Taste was like a really smooth Black IPA. Taste was coffee, black chocolate, hints of burnt toast and hoppiness. Slight sweet upfront with a bitter finish. geologyguy (1651) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Deep dark smell...fruity like apricot and liquorice, black appearance, taste is smooth a first then you’re hit with a blast of coffee and liquorice ..gets more bitter but then smoothes out into a roasted coffee taste that lingers...all in one sip! Depth with the coffee and liquorice flavor mixed...very strong flavor that can be a touch too much at times...alcohol hits you quick too
Zeswaft (1777) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle. Jet black. Cold it is a bit soy saucy. Warm, it really opens up. Big chocolate. Similar flavor but less intense than Expedition stout. Quite good. Bebum (1062) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Deep brown, tall and café-au-lait color and fine mousse.
Full body, flavorful, lively and smooth but not silky mouthfeel, long palate.
Roast flavors predominate but also coffee, chocolate, toffee, smoke and tar.
Very good imperial stout, not the best to my taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Worsenma (74) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Black as night. Smooth, hoppy, very malty goodness..Nutty, chocolaty stout. ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Big roasted coffee bean aroma
Appearance- Looks like used motor oil, has a small brown head
Taste- Not good to me, acidic with no back end flavor, sort of empty after the initial tasting (this occurred on each sip)
Palate- A full bodied beer with mild carbonation, has a dry bitter finish.
Overall- I did not care for this beer at all. RIS’s are not my favorite style of beer but I do enjoy several; this ain’t one of them. chucklemation (1749) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is lots of chocolate and some roast. Flavor is some chocolate and roast, with a bitter finish that is almost sour. A bit thin, a bit odd, and just ok.