jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Draft @ Brass Tap. Black pour with a tan head. Bitterest chocolate aroma and flavor. Very nice. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Aroma of sticky black cacao and black coffee. Flavor is surprisingly smooth, almost like an imperial milk stout, with a little silkiness. Most of the flavor is deep roasted malt, and bitter as all hell. Nothing sweet to play around with in here. Bottle from Midtown wine and Spirits. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle from Midtown. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee grounds. Medium to full bodied, with a dry texture and semi sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of dark roasted malts, char, and husky grains countered by a spicy bitterness. Very dry and somewhat overattenuated. The best way to describe this one is that it’s like a dry Irish Stout on steroids. elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Pours an opaque black-brown, with a thin tan head that leaves some moderate lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and alcohol is very prominent. Taste is somewhat sour, close to tart cherries, with a bittersweet flavor in the background, coming mainly from an interplay of hops and alcohol. There is a flavor of roasted, burnt malts, but these are actually not as prominent as one might expect, and seem to abate as the beer warms in the glass. Mouthfeel is a bit on the oily side and is completely in line with the style. Overall, a decent, though not spectacular Imperial Russian stout. It is interesting that burnt malts are not more prominent, and, for better or worse, alcohol seems to drive this one. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black viscous body with a coffee esk tan head with a slight ring of lacing and light head retention atop. Aromatically malty and dark with coffee roastiness light chocolate tones, hints of licorice, ash, and a chewy body. Molasses and sweet malt tones. Finishes a bit drying with a roast y finish, medium warming and light bitterness.
Hangover (1136) - oxford, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Black pour with a one finger wide tan head. Aroma is pretty funky... Chocolate, raisin, licorice and smoke. Full bodied. Strong flavor, I get a lot of roast/coffee/smoke and not too much chocolate. Alcohol is a bit hot and noticeable up front but it fades. Burnt roasty finish, little bit of dark fruit and some vanilla lingers. Kind of bitter due to the strong roast notes. Different but good. adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 30, 2010
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a medium sized tan to light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet chocolate and cocoa powder. Taste of roasted malts, cocoa powder, sweet chocolate and a hint of warming alcohol. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2010
22oz from Total Wine. Pours a pitch black with a thin tan head. Nose is nutty and chocolatey with heavy roast malt and a bit of vanilla. Chocolate up front with some malt sweetness then gets extremely roasty and acridly bitter, more in the style of Storm King. Slightly more bitter than say Old Rasputin. A decent impy but to roasty for my tastes. I was hoping for better. aracauna (3606) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2010
This is definitely an imperial stout, but it’s a little reserved for the style. There are some American hops present, but it’s not a hoppy impy. It’s not particular toasty or rich compared to some I’ve had, but it is a good beer. The flavor is as little thin in the finish, but there is a lingering sweetness. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep black with a medium creamy tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, nuts, toffee and molasses. Flavor of toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, nuts and toffee. Some moderate hop bitterness and flavor. Well done RIS. ABV very well hidden. Not overly sticky or cloying.