b3shine (8795) - Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks decent; a translucent dark cola with very thin light beige head and no visible carbonation. Smells solid; dark malt malt, dark chocolate, raisins, and mild roast. Tastes like it smells, but not as balanced; all raisin and no chocolate. Average on the palate. Not bad, but smells better than it tastes. BrewHaMeister (456) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
It’s a bad idea to start with a Central Waters and Goose Island Bourbon barrel stout and expect this to taste good. Not bad but not in the same league. hondajunkie (90) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours black with a thin beige head that quickly settles into a ring on edge of glass. Light notes of roasted malt, vanilla. Somewhat light mouthfeel, malt, hint of vanilla, some molasses,slight booziness. Leaves a slight bitter, chalky aftertaste. Not bad, hits most of prerequisites for RIS but needs more body. alexsdad06 (10262) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared with Tmoney99 in Aug. 2012. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma had roasted malts, dark fruits and some dark chocolate notes pretty standard for a Russian Imperial stout. The only negatives were the body, which was a bit thin for the style, and the finish which was on the soft side. Patrickctenchi (6548) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Pours black, with a minimal tan head.
Dark fruit, cola, chocolate aroma.
Chocolate malt, old coffee taste.
Pretty light for an Imperial.
Chudwick (3175) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2013
12oz bottle - pours dark brown with light brown head that mostly disappears. Nose is roast and milk chocolate. Sip introduces metal, burnt coffee, and more metal. Silky body. Fairly bitter but not hoppy. boozy after a few sips. More of a rich porter. Dinosaurobrew (7) - - SEP 2, 2013 does not count
couleur : noir tirant sur le marron, faible mousse
arôme : malt rôti, pain rôti
goût : chocolat noir, malt rôti, léger goût d’alcool. Définitivement cette bière manque de caractère, de profondeur et n’est pas réellement ce qu’elle prétend être, une stout impériale russe. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Mari’s. Pours a thin black with no head. The aroma is milk chocolate but very simple. The taste is lactic, roasty, funky.. not very good. This is definitely more of a high alcohol stout but does not have anywhere near the complexity of solid imperial stouts. Additionally, the body is very thin and seems cheap. bytemesis (8219) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium tan head that dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, anise, earth. Flavor it about the same, light sweet, medium bitter, anise is strong. Medium body. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Pours black, moderate to large foamy beige head, so-so lacing.   Sat on this for a while, so the nose is very subdued.   Other Stevens Point beers have been very alcholic, but this is very soft, a little roasty, smidgen of graham cracker.   On the tongue its rather subdued, soft semi-sweet roastiness, with a minor graham cracker background.   I aged this one for maybe... two years?   It seems very tame, soft sweet roastiness without really any hop bitterness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Seems rather smooth otherwise.   Its not brash or hoppy or unbalanced, just comes across as one smooth aged Imperial Stout.   Wondering if I would like it more fresh?   Probably not... Thanks Bob!