thorongil2 (3074) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2017 Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Fort Wayne release party at CS3. Very nice Impy Stout, but I didn’t get much barrel aging from the taste. Coffee was present but not overwhelming, just how I like it. Closer to the true russian impy style with a bit more bitterness than I prefer, but like I said, nice. Some dark fruit and caramel in there, but also not as forward as expected. If anything, I’d say this a bit on the mild side compared to many examples of the style being put forth by breweries here today. That isn’t a bad thing though... this deserves being tried.
(Tap) clear, bright, very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of jam; balanced flavour, well hidden alcohol, long light bitter finish vyvvy (6470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2017
It pours dark with a beige head. It has a medium body with mild sharp carbonation. The taste has roasted malt, dark chocolate, mild sit and hints of char. Decent. jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Draft. Black body, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation. Tastes of dark malts, vanilla, earthy leather, light bourbon. ARH (1125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2015
On tap poured into a sampler. The aroma is rich and sweet with notes of caramel, chocolate, wood, nuts, and raisin. The beer is dark and opaque with a brown soap head. A thick ring of head is retained, as well as a filmy surface, and an abundant lace is left on the glass. The taste is a blend of medium sweet upfront and medium high bitter following up. It’s viscous and creamy with a full body with notes of raisin, chocolate, molasses, and wood. There’s a nutty character too that comes through more on the finish along with the wood. The finish is lightly gritty, but slick with a malty aftertaste that’s smokey, kinda dry and chalky, with hints of chocolate, molasses, and crust. Block (2727) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Had about 8oz at the brewery. Black pour, thin brown head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet, somewhat roasted. Body is mild, medium heaviness, sweet. Not very roasted but distinctly dark. Coffee isn’t intense. Alcohol is masked but this is not a complex beer.
RobertDale (6474) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
16 ounce can. Thanks Al. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and some barrel. Solid, but not memorable. rxeight (3083) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Not sure id call this a Russian imperial stout. More like a milk stout. Would have guessed in the 7% range. Lots of chocolate, slight bourbon. Flavors are light. Has a creamy mouthfeel. Sledutah (7534) - Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Can shared at Mikeys big ass holiday party onceblind (9664) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Black with a medium sized tan head, some lacing. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Taste of bourbon, vanilla and leather
Black rich pour under a thin khaki rocky head. Rich deep chocolaty molasses tone with a little licorice with some burnt oak and a bit of thick earthy roasty caramel. Thick sticky flavor with molasses and deep dark chocolate with some oak char and light vanilla/coconut. A little toast as well with a chocolaty finish. Quite delightful. b3shine (8873) - Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Draft to taster at Sun King. This year’s batch is 9.4% and 80 IBUs. Looks good; a fairly opaque darker brownish black with foamy beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Tastes like it smells with what seems to be a bit of oak as well. Sid on the palate. Could use more viscosity, but enjoyable nonetheless.