Apellonious (53) - USA - MAR 21, 2006
Pours black, with quickly dissappearing head. Smells roasty plummish. Taste is complex, defintely a roasted coffee (much like their porter) with a raisin/plum taste. Hints of alcohol. Almost reminds me a little of Sam Adams Double Bock. Defintely some sweetness present. Beer is warming (as is my buzz) and its mellowing and becoming more syrupy. The smokey flavor comes back. I am getting sleepy....chocolate...zzz...zzz Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2006
This poured thick with a big tan head, tight and creamy. Nose was coffe and bitter chocolate, with a faint alcohol. Well, quite bitter, big alcohol taste licorice and fruit here too. Bitter after taste. Thanks The_Beer_God, this was great. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Poured an opaqu black color with a small dark tan head. Big roasty aroma with plenty of coffee. Some fruit and chocolate also in the mix. Roasty flavor. Some more chocolate. The finish leaves a lot of roast in the mouth with a touch of alcohol. Creamy feel. Very big on the aroma and flavor. I like this one. Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle available at Wintergreen Resort, Va. Deep, black color with zero head. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Flavor of roasted malts and chocolate, slightly spicy. sweet toasty finish. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Black body, minimal head but what there is is light brown to ivroy. Malts and dark fruits are evident in the aroma. Good raisins and plums combined with chocolate in the body. Dark chocolate-like bitterness in the ending.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Dark black color with a thin brown head. Light chocolate flavor. Sweet malty flavor with hints of chocolate. pinkzambia (2069) - 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 (4941) - 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.
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a nice black, brown penetrates the edges, deep tan head lasts, slowly fading to a ring. Aroma wafted pleasantly from the glass, the typical coffee, chocolate, and roasty notes complemented by something reminiscent of a campfire. Flavor matched, and introduced an element of slightly piney hops. Also a bit of vanilla and dried fig. This hasn’t quite yet come together with all the flavors yet, somehow a bit disjointed, but still a very nice brew from these guys. TAR (2779) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Penetrable black. Tiny gray-tan bubbles form a tight ring of head. Very soft aroma of wort, nougat, oats, and caramelized sugar. Some smoke, marshmallow, and vaporous alcohol, as well. Soft carbonation. Fairly oily. Bottle conditioned. Understated nutty coffee flavors blend softly with a fresh dose of dried plums and lightly gritty roast. Body is very juicy, but also quite wet and thin, which inhibits any vivid malt development. Coffee soon diminishes and reveals another layer of yeast and muddled fruitiness. Pinch of acridness and malt-derived tannins scrub the palate and lighten the already weightless body. Despite a late surge of alcoholic dryness, the vivid roastiness lies buried beneath the body’s wetness. Finishes prevalently yeasty with harsh, acidic malt remnants and only a hint of tar, yet sorely lacks in roast and coffee intensity, which fails to enrich the pronounced nutty grains that prominently linger. Tastes and smells worty/unfinished. Even for a lower-gravity Imperial, this is rather timid and unrefined. Thanks, Kinz.