jrodooo5 (1708) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Pours a thin black with a rapidly dissipating head. The smell is malty and a little boozy. Taste is much lighter than one would expect for a Russian Imperial. It’s not thick & chewy rather very drinkable. Seems more like a porter to me but does an excellent job of hiding the 8.6% alcohol. Overall, solid but not spectacular. BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle to a pint glass. Has some of the qualities that makes a good Imperial Stout but falls short. Tastes a little watered down. A good try, but just doesn’t quite get the job done. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(12oz bottle) clear deep ruby with a thick dark tan head. Nose of chocolate, cream and coffee but seems a bit muted in general. Taste of chocolate, cream, watery coffee, old coffee grounds. Raisin linger and creamy body. hellbilly (3247) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2011
orange brown with more of an off white ring on top than a head.
it smells heavily of nail polish (it’s only 8%!!!)... mixed with grape juice, malt powder, black raisins, alcohol spice and florals.
the flavor is a sweet mixture of the aroma’s qualities along with chocolate, wood and mild molasses.
very light bodied (for an ’imperial’) and not very good. 5/3/5/2/10
bhensonb (15630) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle from Half Time. Pours really dark brown with a slight creamy beige head. I really can’t find words for the aroma other than treacle. Med minus body. Flavor is pretty much treacle. There’s some balancing bitter, but that cuts the sugar not the flavor. Not even getting a lot of burnt malt. Treacle.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2011
I was a bit skeptical when I saw that the bottle had a screw top. Poured dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma full of roasted malt, molasses, and coffee. Decent sweetness up front with more roasted malt in the middle along with some bitter chocolate. Body is a bit thin. Roast and light bitterness on the finish. This isn’t great by any means, but considering my low expectations and the price point, it wasn’t terrible either. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2011
THOUGHTS: Not the greatest impy stout, but still a decent beer. But something did seem a bit off about it. Maybe the twist-off caps were defective. It also seemed to be under attenuated.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with slight orangey-red highlights in the light. It had virtually no head and what little was there was tan to light brown and in just about fully diminished with only a little left around the edge of the glass. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel and chocolate syrup; light to moderate pine, spruce and earthy hops; a little banana; prune juice; cherry; light alcohol; and hairspray. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily to harshly sweet and moderately bitter with a fairly long duration. There was caramel, chocolate syrup, prune, bubblegum, chocolate, tobacco, chalk, metallic hops and pine hops. The medium to full body was oily with carbonation that was a bit soft, but still very tingly and a lightly astringent and lightly alcoholic finish. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle. Black with no head. Chocolate malt aroma and taste with roasted grain notes and a chocolate finish. Dorwart (2607) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2011
Decent sized head of varying sized bubbles. Rich aroma of some leather, lavender, dark roasted malts and a tad of sweetness. Very strange mixture of aromas. I have had this brew several times before and don’t remember all of this conglomerate of aromas. Very dark brown in color. Slightly sweet and malty flavor with some raisins, licorice, molasses and roasted malts. Finishes roasty with a tad of sweetness and a hint of molasses. A decent but slightly lacking imperial stout. topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2011
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, light chocolate and roast. Flavor is toasty caramel, chocolate, toffee sweet, but not overly so. Could use a little bitternes to balance it.