MaltOne (389) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours opaque chocolate/black; little apparent head. Cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is off-type for RIS, but taken on its own merits still quite interesting. It took awhile to pinpoint what was different - it has a much lighter roast profile, and the flavor profile seems closest to molasses, which has sweet and acidic profile. Other notes are light brown sugar and some earthy, woodsy notes. A different take on a RIS - a good beer once you get past expectations. gringo332 (645) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
. Pours a pitch black body with light brown lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, milk, coconut, vanilla and roast. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of cream, vanilla, licorice, milk, chocolate and roast. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
A twist off cap for a R.I.S. might warn you off, but don’t let it. Not the best out there, but worth the taste. Dark pour with a dark beige head. Aroma is roasted malt with a little sweetness in the nose. Taste is roasted malt, creamy, and a little watery(not in a bad way though). Ok lacing. Leaves a nice chalky roasted malt aftertaste. mansquito (6911) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 12oz ($2.50): Pours black with a quickly dissipating brown head. Aroma is plenty of chocolate and coffee. The taste is a bit of a let down. Alcohol is apparent, even on the first cold sips. There is not enough backbone in the malt department. If this was more like the aroma, it would be perfectly good, but this just falls flat. I am not gonna go into excruciating detail about the minimal flavors in this beer, because it just doesn’t matter. Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Draught at Rattle & Ham NYC sept 2012. Black beer with a tanned head. Coffee, Vanila, malty, sweet, chocolate, licorice and tar aroma. Sweet, malty, coffee, dark dried fruits, chocolate and licorice flavour. A nice beer.
Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
It clearly tells you something when an imperial stout has an average rating under 3.3--the most forgiving style, with so many good examples, and they can’t match that. Why? Well, there’s a chocolate note in the aroma but otherwise it is malty in a very understated way, like it is a schwarzbier--dull. Not very thick for a body. Big bubbly head of an ashen color, 95% opaque body. Very disappointing body and flavors--simply put, thin. Bottle. blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bottled, black pour with thin tan foam, aroma is malty roast nuts and chocolates, flavor is smooth malty chocolate,, some espresso bitterness, good lasting finish swong17 (58) - USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours deep black with a thin, quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is toasty with malt and dark chocolate. Highly carbonated, fizzy and light mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, with notes of dark fruit--figs--and slightly bitter hop finish. Not bad, but feels watered down for an imperial stout. WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2012
A pleasant aroma of toast and chocolate. Flavors are muted, mostly whole grains, that are quickly over powered by a floral hop bitterness. Carbonation is similar to seltzer. Darkover (1544) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Black with a tan head. Aroma and taste of sweet malts and chocolate. Medium body, some bitterness, very drinkable.