nvrstck (1) - USA - FEB 29, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Fantastic! I love Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout and Rogue Shakespeare Stout and this may just top them both. I live close to St Georges in VA and I hope they have more kegs of this left, so I can get one this week. I didn’t know I could find such a great beer so close to home. Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Serving: Draft at Fireworks.
It pours an opaque blackish brown with a creamy, dark tan head. Excellent head retention and it ended up leaving sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. The nose was roasty with lots of raisin and caramel notes. Smells like tasty stuff! Fortunately the flavor didn’t disappoint. The roasted notes, raisin, and caramel came along. Added in were notes of coffee, latte, and a touch of flint. A bit of warming alcohol rounds things out. This beer is very well rounded and not over roasted like many Impys you will find. The carbonation is soft, the body is very rich, and the finish lingers with roasty coffee notes. So far this is the best brew I’ve had from St. Georges. Filling and delicious, this is a brew to seek out. pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle: Now this is a smooth and powerfully seductive stout. The color is a used motor oil black/brown with a small brown head ring. It is thick, but not syrupy. It’s thickness translates into smoothness, like butta (butter for you non-vaklempt people). After the aromas of cocoa, the immediate taset is chocolate with a charcoal finish. But after a while, as the others have said below, I began to pick up on dried fruits like prunes and raisins. As for the hops -- who needs them in a stout like this? What I like about this beer for its style is that is doesn’t go overboard. It avoids going kamikaze on the dark chocolate/coffee/charcoal kick and gives you just enough to get the idea. Then this is complimented by the prune/raisin flavors which I have not encountered before in a Russian Imperial Stout. Yum. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this true beer in the new year! IndianaRed (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle Pours a deep inky black with noticeably high viscosity. Dark tan head that is creamy and full. Spotty lacing. Noce is very soft chocolatey and of prunes and cocoa. Noticaelby easy on the sharp bitterness that plenty of hops bring to the party in a RIS. Flavor was similar with lots of creamy chocolately tones. Dried dark pitted fruit and maybe tootsie rolls. Very nice smooth feel. Not over the top thick but buttery and slick. Very tasty new comer to the site. Thanks to Degarth for another winner.
JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2007
I got this in a St George Sampler pack and I was blown away. It poured black as asphalt with a dark brown head. Tthe flavor was rich and mellow, with strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Powerful, yet smooth and inviting, beaconing you to take another sip. Definitely worth trying if you’re a fan of stouts.
radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle, can be found at World Market locations. Pours nearly dark, pitch black. Roasted malts, with choclate and smokey flavors. Very smooth and has a nice sweet and dry finish. fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Really nice beer, one of the better VA brewed beers. Got as part of a Dragon pack sampler, was impressed with every style but this s the highlight of the mix pack GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
I know this beer has a few years on it, as I received it in a trade back in ’07. Man this is one seriously fantastic beer. I enjoyed every drop of this one, and tried licking the inside of my glass so as to not waste any of it. I enjoyed it that much.
The aroma has so many levels of goodness it’s difficult on where to start. The first things that really jumped out at me was the old leather and tobacco notes (Captain Black if anyone remembers this smell). Vanilla, lightly blackened malt, and scorched dark chocolate really round out the nose. Appearance is jet black, oily with some great legs. Head was 1/2" thick, brown and scant in appearance. Flavor has a fantastic dark chocolate angle that just keeps going for days. Slightly smokey with just a smidge of ash that I enjoyed in the minimal amount that was there. Whoppers, more pipe tobacco, vanilla and raisins really round out the rest of this great beer. I don’t recall who sent it my way, but a sincere thank you. Great, great beer. zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (listed as Russian Imperial Stout on the bottle). Black pour with a bubbly tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, oats, and dark chocolate. Excellent chocolate and coffee flavor with a hint of dark fruit. Surprisingly warm considering only 7.6% ABV but the alcohol in no way messes with the flavor. By far, the best beer I have tried from this brewery. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
pours black with a nice brown head that has excellent retention. has some spicy warming notes throughout the nose and taste. great creamy mouthfeel, goes down easy. has a strain belgian tinge to it underneath. tastyu and warming, actually surprised at the low abv on this impy.