SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with tan head that doesn’t visit long. Aroma of fine, mild coffee grinds and chocolate flakes, very faint hint of vegetable. Flavor is much the same buy balances everything well. Mouthfeel is medium body, kinda watery with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad at all, just didn’t strike me as an IRS and hides alcohole very well if what is reported is true. GRM (4019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
Brown bottle, 12 ounces, from and with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on June 1 2012; eye: black, opaque, minuscule ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: grains, light roasted barley, slight burnt barley, light alcohol, slight hops, slight anise; mouth: grains, light roasted barley, light alcohol, light hops, slight anise, finale in roasted barley with presence of anise, medium body, not much carbonation, lightly bitter and sweet, a bit thin; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 12 onces, de et avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 1er juin 2012; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse brune, pas de dentelle; nez : céréales, léger orge torréfiée, très léger orge brûlée, léger alcool, très léger houblon, très léger anis; bouche : céréales, léger orge torréfiée, léger alcool, léger houblon, très léger anis, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence d’anis, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, légèrement amère et sucrée, un peu mince; en résumé : bien Gription79 (2886) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This is a very sweet IRS. Sweet chocolate, caramel, sweetened coffee. This was not for me, way to sweet. Lubiere (13796) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
A dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a dark fruit and biscuit malt, roasted cereals, light ethanol and solvents. In mouth, a dark fruity chocolate, light plums, licorice, and light warming alcohol. Tasted with GRM on June 1 2012. Darwenus (1113) - Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Pours pitch black with no real head to speak of. The smell is faint, tones of coffee and rich malt. The flavor is rich and very mildly boozy, but not at all complex. There’s the coffee and the malt, chocolate and strong anise, all of which is good... but the brew plays it’s whole hand up front. Not at all bad, no problematic aftertaste, but as Imperial Russians go, this one is a bit pedestrian.
Arayaga2 (2190) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is mild fig, molasses and faint spearmint. Tastes like somebody bottled a bad big homebrew with incomplete fermentation and diacetyl. This also doesn’t meet my style expectations. $2/12oz DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Dark, roasty, and chocolaety. Albeit a bit light in flavor and aroma, still not bad. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
Poured a deep black with a slight khaki head. Nose was not extraordinary, but the flavors were nice chocolate and malt. HighlanderOne (1317) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Poured from bottle. Aroma of raw grain and fig. Stoutly look. Coffee, nut, burnt caramel, a bit of booze and a touch of spice in the flavor. Quite drinkable. Gets a bit syrupy at the end. Quite nice. monkeychugg55 (1087) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
At least nine months old. Pours a medium to dark brown, black in the glass with a small ring of a beige head. The aroma is mostly roasted malt, with some coca and a touch of oxidation. The flavor is lighter than the aroma suggests, roasty upfront , but a little watery and sweet towards the end, with lingering brown sugar sweetness.