climberbob (458) - Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle into stout glass. Black w thick head. Strong bold aroma of roast malt w hints of molasses and coffee. Taste has espresso notes and bitter chocolate. Bitter and surprisingly dry given the alcohol. Pretty good.
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A very nice Russian imperial stout. Pours a beautiful thick black with a brown head. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and raisins, dark fruit. Taste is thick and creamy, with lots of dark fruit and raisin to start, and bitter chocolate and coffee in the finish. Had in the bottle. tsd08460 (1171) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Aroma: roasty, chocolate, coffee,
Appearance: black with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
Delicious Patrickctenchi (6595) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle: 2008 vintage
Oily black....rubied, with a thin, quick, dark tan head.
Chocolate-covered cherry aroma.
Dark fruit, dark bitter chocolate malt, cola taste.
Maybe a little past it’s prime, I’m afraid.....a little oxidation...though still carbonated pretty well....very malty....
A little too far on the dark fruit side for my taste, but good. GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a little khaki colored head. Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate and a little almost earthiness. The roasted malt is definitely the main show here. Taste follows the nose with some bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and maybe a little thin for the style but not bad.
JHeath99 (1678) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Tap. Pours a dark dark brown with a layer of beige head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts and dark chocolate. dlovell2 (2144) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours engine oil black with a mocha colored head. Aroma is robust roasted malt, black coffee, chocolate, and slight booziness vapor. Flavor is rich roasted malt start with dark roasted coffee, unsweetened cocoa, and brown sugar. Oily mouthfeel. Finishes dark roasted coffee and earthy hops. eRock_2013 (471) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Enjoyed a fresh bottle of this, which poured a nearly opaque espresso brown/black color, with some tan foamy head. Aroma was an excellent strong heavily roasted malt with coffee and espresso accents. Taste was likewise a sharp burnt malt with charred espresso wood, and a hint of licorice fruit. Perhaps some hop bitterness in the finish. Flavors seemed more thrown together than balanced. Palate was unusually thin, with a slight alcohol bite. Good but still could use some improvement. BroadestTom (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2016
Aroma chocolate, roasty,
Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam,
Taste lightly bitter, medium sweetness,
Palate full body,
Overall a very smooth beer that hides the alcohol well. Lightly bitter and roasty. I would suggest this beer to a friend. thegreenrooster (4407) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2016
Pour is a complete black with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice char malt with some sugar sweetness. Flavor is a super rich burnt malt with some licorice and a bit of alcohol. Not much of a hop presence with this one. Finish leaves a nice burnt malt on the tongue. For a Russian impy stout this is surprisingly lacking in hops but this does have a super rich roasted/chared mouthfeel.