Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Sample at a tasting with IlliniSmitty. This was not nearly as hefty or full-bodies as the original Russian Imp. Stout from Stone, but it was a nice, roasty sipper. More along the lines of a black IPA, maybe even a baltic porter. Light, crisp, roasty, and the anise flavor was very nice- not overpowering but definitely noticeable. Beaver (1798) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours an opaque inky black with a small light tan head that quickly goes to a thin collar.MisterSparkle (29) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2011
The aroma is oatmeal, chocolate, roasted slightly ashy malt, and a little spice. It’s more subdued than expected.
The flavor is roasted chocolate with some black licorice and a bitter tarry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, I don’t care for this as much as the regular version. It seems more subdued. I don’t get much Belgian yeast other than a slight twang in the finish. The anise seems about the same as the regular.
Bottle to wine glass at a friend’s house. Aroma is very strongly anise, too much so. Flavor is, luckily, not following suit. But it isn’t as good as the regular imperial stout, nor many of the other locally available ones. It was an experiment, but I hope they don’t repeat this one. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has excellent retention. The aroma is pungent with black licorice and some dark fruits. The flavor is dominated by the anise, in addition to the anise there are raisins, biter walnuts and oak filling in the back and sides. The palate is full and creamy with lively carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering biter anise. Overall: Very tasty brew. A real sipper, i can not drink a whole bottle in one sitting. drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2011
6/17/11. On tap. Black pour with brown edges and a small brown head. Huge anise aroma, too much, that reminds me a bit of sausage pizza. Sweet chocolate flavor with over the top anise and a bit of lingering coffee. Not good.
DialSquare (5028) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Tap at Proof. Not a huge licorice fan- but this was good. Light anise vibe. Standard chocolate and coffee imp stout tastes otherwise. Nice medium to thick palate. Top notch - liked it more than I figured going in. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Big anise aroma with chocolate and light yeast. Big anise flavor with chocolate and light spice. Medium-full bodied. Chooclate and light roast lingers with anise and light spice. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Strong anise aromas with dark fruits and charred grains. Decent roast, anise, dark chocolate, ginger spice, yeast esters and spices, with doughy malts, oak, mild alcohol booze and more black licorice tones creeping up in the finish. Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 Pours black with an think chocolate-graham cracker head. Aroma is belgian yeast, licorice, anise, dark chocolate. Flavor is certainly complex. Dark chocolate bitterness, biting belgian yeast, a bit too much anise; the oak chip flavor is nice though. I’m not sure about this beer. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great; it doesn’t come close to the original. Ernest (7692) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with notes of fennel/anise, alcohol, vanilla, plastic.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Somewhat rough and simple. Prominent anise note. Boozy and syrupy sweet. Only marginally better than the regular Impy Stout.