NachlamSie (3485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 draught. This is even better than I remember. The pour is fairly black with a tall tan head. Nice strong aroma with dark roasted coffee, smoke, raisins, and hickory. This hickory presence is so strong in the flavor it makes me question whether or not the recipe actually includes it. Mouthfeel is pretty coating. A flat wall of bittersweet dark chocolate lingers with a cutting hop presence. It doesn’t reach the level of a huge imperial stout. It’s more like a huge regular or perhaps a dry stout. Very good anyway.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
[August 4, 2008]
On tap at UJ’s .Pours very dark, near black with an everlasting tan head. The aroma is heavily roasted, almost burned smelling. Hints of espresso, bacon, hickory, dark chocolate are present. THe mouthfeel is quite reasonable, sticky and full but not huge. The flavor brings more bittersweet qualities of espresso, soy sauce, dark chocolate, and a meaty, ashy finish. This is delightful. I disagree with the imperial stout classification here. Definitely reminds me of something along the lines of Shakespeare stout or Kalamazoo stout. Quite good.
Pours with a black body with red tinting topped by a thick head and a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty, yet bitter, hoppy and slightly roasty. Full bodied, slightly dry and smooth. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Black body with a light tan head. The aroma was roasted nuts and some coffee with chocolate. Taste of strong roasted coffee and and a little milk chocolate. The aftertaste lingers. Thin body for an impy stout, more like a dry. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 21, 2005
sampled at the ’05 noogfest from a small ’barrel’. This tasted a lot more like an a dry/irish stout than an imperial. Very roasty. Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pitch black appearance with a beige head. The flavor was loads and loads of coffee with some dark chocolate in the background. The aftertaste was very dry. Sampled from a coffee pot at the Clarion.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2005
Nearly opaque black-brown hue with a rich, creamy, brown head. Roasty, roasty, roasty, with some chocolate and anise. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderatley acidic, moderately bitter finish. Did I mention roasty? Medium-full body, creamy, moderate carbonation. The bottom line is: one of the best dry stouts I’ve had that isn’t listed as a dry stout... brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Sampled at the 6/2005 ‘Nooga gathering. Poured from a mini-barrel/keg thing. Very dark. Opaque, with a frothy off white/brown head. I noted molasses, wood, and perhaps some soy or brinyness in the aroma. Had a creamy mouth feel that quickly evolved to a tannin/wood like mouth feel. The flavor had wood, burnt malt, coffee. Minimal aftertaste other than a lightly bitter coffee/malt hint. Not at all unpleasant but NOTHING like any other imperial stout I’ve had. This is a straight stout or a dry stout. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
First beer of the day out of a mini keg at Noogfest. Aroma of chocolate nd coffee, flavaors much the same along with some nutty creamy undertones. dark chocolate and dry, with the alcohol flavor peeking through 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2005
dark dark brown, hinting on black. huge mountain tan head. more malts than hopsin the aroma. weird waxy watery chocolate chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
It must be VERY difficult to even contemplate brewing an Imperial in a state that is limited to 6% alcohol. IMHO, get rid of trying to call this a russian imperial and just call it a stout. When you call it a russian imperial, I want to compare it to other imp. stouts like Black Choclate, Storm King, Grant’s and Rogue - and that makes this beer score bad - when it’s really not a bad stout. Good roasted aroma with hints of berries in the nose. Light bodied and moutfeel is the biggest drawback - very little palate. Nice hop profile and use of roasted malts - but compared to other true imperial stouts, this beer is lacking. On it’s own however, it’s very good for NC standards.