Jabic (745) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2017 elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ar: Rasin, char, and hot alcohol. Ap: Deep brown, opaque; small brown head with low retention, leaves a thin foam ring and a touch of nebulous foam; T: Raisinand rum, a touch of cocoa and burnt caramel; sweet up front with medium-low bitterness; boozy finish. P: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation, finishes medium-dry. O: Some interesting, complex flavors, but just too much booziness to be enjoyable. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Draught (backlog). Pitch black colour, small foamy off-white head that leaves lace. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, tobacco, mild toasted malts. Flavour is toffee, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and mild tobacco and ashes to it. Homer321 (5255) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2015
Draft at TBBT. Pitch black. No head. Aroma is a muted coffee and roast. Taste is pretty much the same. Moderately butter but not astringent. Sweetness comes out as it warms. Still pretty solid damn beer. SpringsLicker (3689) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Black pour with a minimal mocha head.
Cold, the aroma has some espresso and soy. As it warms, some molasses comes out.
The flavor is sweet, with lots of roasted malts, which adds a burnt bitterness.
Espresso. No hops anywhere.
Decent Imp Stout , but this won’t run with the big dogs such as Expedition. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - JUL 30, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-23-12-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a thick black brew with a two finger tan head. The head faded over about a 1 minutes time to give a nice level of lacing.
Smell – The nose was heavy of coffee and roasted notes. With this was a good strong chocolate and sweet molasses and vanilla smell. Quite nice.
Taste – The taste begins with sweet molasses, roasted malt, and chocolate notes. As it advances more the sweetness shifts more towards a vanilla flavored sweetness. Toward the middle the level of sweetness fades slightly as well and notes of some coffee and espresso meeting the tongue. The chocolate and roasted flavors then intensify at the very end and mix with a not overpowering alcohol flavor to level a nice pleasant flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – A nice thick and turbid body with a lower level of carbonation. Great for the style of brew as all the roasty and boozy flavors can really soak into the tongue.
Overall – One tasty, thick, and warming brew with great flavors. Go for it if you have a chance.
Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is deep brown with a frothy tan head and great lacing. Caramel, raisins, toffee, plums, figs, bread, light cocoa, coffee, and earthy hops in the aroma. Taste is bourbon, slightly oxidized, caramel, toffee, figs, earthy, light alcohol, and vanilla with a toasted bitter finish. Spock mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Tasty RIS. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle on 06/30/2011. Dark black body with a large frothy light brown head. Sweet fruit, molasses, caramel, alcohol and chocolate aroma. Sweet fruit flavor, some molasses and chocolate with some caramel. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. shigadeyo (3856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
fonefan (53027) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2013
8/04/2011: Terrapin Side Project #13 Big Daddy Vlady’s Russian Imperial Stout... Aroma: Doesn’t give away much, but there’s a load of caramelized malt with a hint of char. Appearance: Really, really dark brown with a small, fleeting tan-colored head. Flavor: Smooth, silky caramelized maltiness with a good level of roastiness, silky espresso, splash of almond extract and vanilla, and an even resin-citrus hops running throughout; overall bitterness is mild and well-integrated; Palate: Medium-full body, really smooth; somewhat sticky on the lips. Overall: Very nice; the hops open up as the beer sits and warms a bit, but this detracts in my opinion.
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle (Alc./Vol. 10.25%) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #166 for this beer.
pablo951 (695) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Clear dark black colour with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, wood, caramel, chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, chocolat, wood. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Had it at the Chicago Craft Beer Festival 6/22/13. Black color, cocoa aroma, very forceful bitter taste.