blipp (9306) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malts, light chocolate and grainy notes, with some bitter coffee notes in the finish. Nice enough. Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma with roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted grains, coffee and some raisins. Quite bitter for an imperial stout. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
651mL black wax. Inky pour generates a larger, mocha head. Dense with good retention. Webby lacing. Nose starts with green olive and salt, moving to spiced vanilla chai latte. Some fumey alcohol and still a lot of green olive. Taste is very dry, ashy, bitter, a bit gritty without any thick palate to balance. Overall acrid and burnt tasting with some severe cardboard and sawdust in the finish. j12601 (12001) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized tanned head. Roast and cocoa on the nose, chocolate and a bit of booze. Chocolate, roast, cocoa. Medium bodied with a bit of astringency. Long roast and cocoa. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
reebtogi (6277) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
Name: RR Imperial Stout
Date: November 30, 2012
Appearance: black, scant tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: rich dark roasted aroma, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of burnt malt, nice hop character, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
650ml bomber pours a deep black color with a 2 finger creamy light brown head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate and roasted grains with hints of dark fruits. Taste is a chocolate malty and dark fruit sweetness with some roasted grain bitterness. Nicely balanced with a full body and moderate carbonation leaving the palate satisfied. Great stout. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
On the first day of Christmas, the beer gods brought to me... a disappointing stout. Pours a black color with soapy caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, licorice, and roast. Sweet roasty taste with a harsh second layer of super sweetness. I can’t figure it out. Is it vanilla extract gone wild. Maybe just the hop blend is off. I love hopped stouts. But this one isn’t working for me. Disjointed. robforbes (2245) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
pours black with a tan head, and some lacing.
smell is of coffee, cocoa, some licorice, and a touch of vanilla.
taste is of sour malt, cocoa, and some coffee. ends sour and a little dry. kevinsenn (2215) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle kindly shared by toffsbury. Pours ink black with a thick brown head. Aroma is... wow - chocolate, coffee, some vanilla and bourbon - wow. Taste: rich, smooth, creamy, mocha taste, with some vanilla. Bitter finish. Thick and smooth on the tongue. toffsbury (118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
Intoxicating aroma. Chocolate coffee vanilla and bourbon and wonderful. Pours with a nice caramel head and perfectly black and opaque. Flavour is a mix of chocolate and espresso up front, with vanilla and creme brûlée undertones. Good gods. This makes me so happy. Very smooth, almost like a milk stout. Roasty coffee flavours linger on the tongue long after your sip is done. This beer is highly underrated.