Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2008 draft at Blue Nile Mpls viscous oily black with thin tan head that disipates quickly leaving slight lace. strong coffee, chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar flavors with coffee and brown sugar on the nose.Flavors are nicely balanced and mellow. [his may be the best stout and best beer I have tried. arminjewell (9676) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 2007 bottle. Pours viscous black with almost no tan head, but not surprising after almost 4 years. Aroma has big notes of roast, dark fruit, baker’s chocolate, some slight espresso, dark toffee and molasses, with some nice slight fruit. Incredible aroma, matched by the taste. Big baker’s chocolate, powdery fruit and coffee notes mix with the sweet toffee and caramel, finishing really nice and coffee, roast, bitter and dry, perfect taste in the mouth after. Perfect 10,5,10,5,20 on the 07.
2008 bottle. Pours thick black, almost slightly brown with thin to no head. Aroma has notes of sweet dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, molasses, almost candy like with some bittering chocolate and coffee. Extremely complex, but delicious. Taste is awesome, with chocolate, coffee, milkshake like qualities, with a sweet gorgeous mix of vanilla, toffee, creamy espresso/mocha, delicious dark fruit with candied raisins, finishing slightly sweet and slightly dry. Wow. Didn’t think I would like this one as much as the 07. Its just as good, in a completely different way. 10,5,10,5,20
2009 bottle. Poured viscous oily black, with a perfect caramel/tan head that lasted throughout the snifter. Aroma was very strong hops, surprisingly. The taste was phenomenal and like no other I’ve ever had. Had a hop citrus flavor up front, switching to cloying sweetness of dark fruits, then to malty sweetness, and then finally to a hop bitter finish. Perfectly balanced with a perfect mouthfeel! 9,5,9,5,19
2010 bottle: Poured very thick black with nice lasting tan head. Aroma has big notes of pine, slight fruit, with nice ashy, roasted notes, nice chocolate and coffee in there as well. Taste is nice pine up front, slight citrus notes, leading into roast, ash, and bitter coffee, some sweet toffee and vanilla, finishing bitter, full bodied.8,4,9,5,18 Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2009
2008 vintage bottle split three ways in tulip glasses. It was nice and viscous coming out of the bottle. A small tan head rose form each pour then settled to a thin lace but a simple swirl of the glass would bring it back. The body of the brew was a midnight black with light maroon highlights.
The first aroma I got was a slight oxidation which was to be expected with the age. Then I got some wonderful aromas of molasses, brown sugar and some slight dark fruits.
The brew was towards the sweet side again I would expect it was from the age but it really made for an enjoyable sipping experience. Again I got the molasses, a hint of vanilla and dark fruits. I must say the roasted malts were showing up more as sweet chocolate than a roasted coffee note, Which added a bit uniqueness to the flavor. The brew was thick and viscous in your mouth with a slight carbonation for the tongue. Just the way I like a stout.
A great stout I would stand in line for it. The glass went down dam easy. I didn’t get any hint of the alcohol seeing it was a 10%brew. I would gladly drink it again. big thanks to Packforever1976 for hooking me up
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rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2009
2008 draft poured near black with a huge brown head. Chocolate, coffee, and and anise aromas are heavily present. Taste is chocolate, toffee, raisins, and cherries. Insanely big bodied and it goes down smooth while coating the palate. Amazing Russian Imperial Stout, Darkness is easily one of the best beers I have ever had. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2013 Thick rich viscous pour, thick dense off white head. Aroma is awesome. Coffee, rich creamy chocolate, molasses, caramel and sugar. Flavor is sweet, rich, thick, milky, raisins, sugar and molasses. So sticky and sweet just the way I like it. Awesome!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Pours a deep dark blood red burgundy brown that almost black and completely opaque with a thick frothy 2.5 finger dark chocolate coffee colored head that has excellent retention, lasting throughout and leaving large chunks of soapy lacing.
Roasted malt aroma with sweet bitter dark chocolate and hints of molasses, honey, burnt toast, caramel, oatmeal, coffee bean, toffee, licorice and sweet alcohol. Possibly the best aroma I’ve experienced yet.
Thick chewy viscous mouthfeel with some slight carbonation and a huge roasty malt flavor. Soooo smooth with a full viscous mouthfeel. The ABV is so well masked that it’s almost undetectable. Slightly dry finish with some slight alcohol warmth. Extremely quaffable with awesome raosted malt profile. Lots of sweet bitter dark chocolate, coffee bean, toffee, molasses, honey and caramel sweetness that balances out the deep roasty and burnt toast characteristics. Very subtle hops in the finish as well as some slight alcohol warmth.
This is one of the most complex, flavorful and drinkable Imperial Stouts I’ve ever had and possibly one of the best beers I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling. All I can say is WOW. Highly recommended. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Bottle with a HUGE thanks to MrBunn. Pours black with a quickly forming big ass head. Aroma is of pine resin, chocolate and strange fruit.....maybe cherries. Flavor is just amazing. Mostly of the above notes. I cant say I have ever had an Impy stout that tastes remotely like this.Damn tasty. MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a surprise head that rises up huge after the pour is done. Aromas have a sharp pinyness to them with chocolate and black cherries and currants. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Chocolate, cherries and sugar. Yummmm. IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2009
On tap at The Great Taste of the Midwest. Unbelievable can only begin to describe this beer heavenliness. A rich dark pour with an aroma of rich chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, and toffee was enough to tell me that this was going to be a really good brew. The thick and rich body, accompanied by the best tasting stout I have ever had, made this the best BEER I have ever had. I would go far out of my way to get more of this for it was made so incredibly well. Wow! Macegan75 (845) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2009
My friend Greg Yoder brought a 2008 bottle to a great bottle share at UJ’s on the Manatawny. Pours a dark black with slight red cast to it. Dark tan head with very little lacing. The nose is strong with coffee and roasted scents. First sip is dark chocolate & raisains with coffe and toffee flavors penetrating quicklt. Nice small hop finish. Realy great stuff.