craftyrocker (108) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2017 Jado (805) - Camp Hill, - JUN 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brewski, Brisbane. Solidly black with a thin brown head that dissipates somewhat but comes back with a swirl. Aromas of black coffee, liquorice and lemon. Taste is roast, coffee, dark chocolate, cherry and liquorice. Full body. Coffee aftertaste. Well made beer.
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2017 640mL bottle from Boozebud, $13, undated. My first Russian imperial stout. I emailed Riverside to confirm the bottles were not barrel aged.
Appearance: Black body. Small brown head which did not retain. 3
Aroma: Dark malt, caramel, booze, dessert sweetness. 7
Taste: Booze dominates at the expense of flavours. Dark chocolate fudge, black coffee/toffee. Medium bitterness charged by the booziness. Aftertaste is bittersweet grainy malt and burnt sugar. 8
Palate: Moderate carbonation. Soft texture but slightly thin body. 3
Overall: Full flavoured and hard to describe. However the booze is too much for me (even though I love high abv beers like Rochefort 10). I was hoping for a cross between a souped up American stout and a Quadrupel, but this was not it. I had high expectations so I previously bought a second bottle - I will age it for a year because it is not hoppy. I also hoped for a hoppy stout but this is not one. 15 Muggus69 (2831) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2017
640mL bottle from Beer Cartel
Thick pour, opaque, not quite black; a sort of dark chocolate colour with a dense creamy tan head forms and persists.
Good rich nose; upfront with hops - orange & grapefruit & pine; delivers dark chocolate, charred wood, licorice, prunes & dark fruits, touch of whisky sort of character in there too.
Thick texture, almost syrupy at first, creamy carbonation, long on the finish, warming, lots of structure here too.
Once again flavour is hop forward; bitter orange, stonefruits, touch of herb/grass, slightly BIPA territory for a bit before steering toward darker notes of prunes, raisins, charred wood, bitter chocolate, almost vinous dark fruits toward the finish. Rewards with warming in the glass!
Feels a bit young actually - but digging the upfront hoppiness - could be the story of two beers; drink young retain the hops: or drink aged mellow out the rough edges - pretty happy either way.
hawthorne00 (4240) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle. Very dark brown with a tan head that’s soon a coat. Aroma of fudgy mocha, vanilla, blackberries. Fullish bodied with low carbonation makes it quite silky. Whilst quite sweet and certainly in the dessert mould, there’s firm to strong bitterness (which I liked) that never seems too much because it doesn’t get dry or ashy at the end. Berries, mocha, hints of licorice. Slightly woody with heady vanilla at the end, but couldn’t really say whether the bottled version has been in a whisky barrel or not (this is not a criticism). Runs sweeter and a little less roasty than I’d prefer, but it’s very well done. Maris (1626) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2017
UPDATED: APR 22, 2017 From a 640ml bottle on 4/1/2017. Pours the darkest brown with not much of a head.The nose is sweet, with lots of chocolate and caramel. Take a sip and you’re in lovely dessert territory - chocolate fudge, praline and caramel, with the barest hint of berries, licorice and scotch. The palate is thick and the carbonation soft. A well balanced, complex, lovely dessert stout. Damn Riverside are making some good shit. Dervock (1552) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle - pours jet black with a lacy tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, sweet malt and burnt sugar. Burnt sugar initial hit followed by a coffee roast malt and transitioning into a bittersweet roast malt finish.
mkel07 (6576) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2016
On tap at Brewski 250616. This is one big bold black beer that tastes so good. A beer that you could sit on for a while, especially in front of a roaring fire. Black as black can be with a big roasted malt flavour and a burnt toast finish with traces of whiskey. Ngejo (1000) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 9, 2016
Tap. Black, minimal head, brown foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.