BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Thanks to Skyview for this. A nice dark body with a faint layer of brown head. A very sweet aroma with lots of soy. The body is light as well. Very light, nothing really intense; just light. madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours black with a very little tan head. Real sweet nose, with toffee, brown sugar and molasses. Real smooth and sweet with medium roast, more brown sugar, and molasses. Smooth and full-bodied, but pretty non-descript. Pleasant, but unremarkable. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
22 oz bottle
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
Pulled from the cellar on yet another rainy April evening this imperial stout had all the characteristics needed to be an excellent release. A fair price, a rich flavor profile, and a strong finish combine to indicate that whoever made this knew what they were doing.
Aroma / Appearance - Smooth and slick the black body slides around like coffee from a pot. The heavy head was the color of weathered oak. Smoky dark chocolate supports the other flavors well. Malt, plums, black coffee, and hints of ash take turns showing off the depth of this beer.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, vinous notes, and roasted malts emerge from a chewy mouthfeel. The maltiness sticks to everything and even lasts beyond the final sip. The alcoholic warmth shimmers at times. While this may not quite be on par with the best of the best it seems like the a great local option which is more readily available.
On tap at The Brickskeller during an event.
Pours a deep, dark color bordering on black. Thin tan head eventually fades into a few bubbles atop the beer. The nose brings some roasted character as well as a bit of chocolate and coffee. Everything gels pretty well.
The flavor isn’t quite as complex and integrated as the nose, falling just a bit flat. There are some coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt notes, though they never seem to find that cohesion point and really mesh. The mouthfeel is somewhat full but a bit thin for the style, though it works with the flavors and makes it quite drinkable. A 7.6% RIS is something I could definitely handle more often than the typical booze bomb.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-10-2010 alexsdad06 (10268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2011
22 oz. bottle from ksurkin (from notes). Pours black with a medium beige head that collapses to a thin ring. The aroma is medium sweet with dark fruits, cassis, Belgian chocolate and grape skins. The flavor opens slightly tart and vinous before moving to the more traditional roasted malts and dark chocolate found in Imperial stouts. The finish is dry, earthy, mildly bitter with more tannins. This presents more like a foreign stout than a RIS, but I like the character this beers has.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Dark brown pour with a small creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt and nuts, coffee, chocolate and fruit. Flavor is bitter roast with sweet fruit and chocolate and a bit of bitter hops. Pretty good stuff! BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bomber bottle (labeled as Russian Imperial Stout) and served in my Bells tulip, thanks Ken (ksurkin) for the bonus bottle: Pours opaque with a fading minimal head, some oily legs, and little lace. The aroma has notes of espresso, bakers chocolate, earthy tobacco and leather, figs and prunes, debittered black malts, cashews, herbal noble hops, anise and black pepper. The taste is rich dark malts, slight dark fruits and plenty of liquorice and tobacco overtones. Kicked in by some coffee and hop bitterness, ashy and faintly smoked meats, leveling off towards a slightly boozy and chewy finish. The mouth feel while not huge works very well with the flavor profile, sticky and oily with some moderate warming. A solid RIS and something I would gladly have again. Reminds me a bit of of the classic North Coast Old Raspy, restrained yet forceful when it needs to be. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle, label read "Russian Imperial Stout"
Aroma: Heavy Toasted malt, with hints of coffee.
Appearance: Black, with a thick brown head.
Taste: Heavy sweetness balanced by a light bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant.
Palate: Full bodied, with a creamy texture. Minimal carbonation. Very long, roasted finish.
Overall: Oh yeah...this is a very solid beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this from the first sip, and would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for something to keep them company on a cold evening. jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Nice toatsed malty flavor with a quick finish. nickd717 (4645) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bomber. Pours just about black with a one finger tan head and decent lacing. The aroma is roast, chocolate, dark fruits, anise, and a little sweet caramel. The flavor is sweet caramel and chocolatey malts, molasses, anise, black cherries, and metallic notes. Medium full bodied and smooth with soft carbonation. A solid but not great imperial stout. Hard to be too impressed after having almost 200 in the style I guess.