BelgianBeerGal (4085) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2015
Norfolk bottle. Dark brown pour with a long lasting tan head. Aroma of dark, sweetened malt with a hint of milk chocolate and booze. The flavor was dark roasted malt, almost burnt. Maybe a little harsh lingering booze. DrunkSanta410 (955) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle at home thanks to Brad! Pours dark black, brown head, average retention. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, a bit of vanilla, licorice, roasted malts. Taste is coffee forward, espresso, dark chocolate, with a long lasting bitter finish. Medium to heavy body, with a thin but silky mouthfeel. Above average imperial stout. c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Pours a midnight black with a dark caramel color head with nice lacing. Smells so roasty with coffee and a little citrus. Excellent blend of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, citrusy hops, and roasted malt flavor. Oily with a denser body with little carbonation. Another awesome offering from an underrated brewery. CardsFan25 (95) - - FEB 1, 2015
Dark pour with a finger of head. Coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit on the nose. All three aromas are on the tongue as well with a strong dark fruit finish. Alcohol is completely hidden. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Strong roasted aroma, with hints of dark fruit. Pours an opaque black with a full tan head. Full roasted flavor with strong hints of chocolate and coffee, which fades into a long roasty finish. This does not have the oily mouthfeel that some Imperial Stouts tend to have, and the alcohol is really well hidden. This is a nice sipping beer for a cold evening.
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 4, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-29-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color bordering on black. Upon pouring there is a small lighter brown colored head floating atop the brew. This head fades quite fast leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass. While there is only a light lace, swirling the brew in the glass shows a nice thickness, as fingers of the brew are seen clinging to the glass, slowly receding back to the bottom of the body of the glass.
Smell – The smell is heavy of roasted aromas as well as a surprisingly strong hoppier smell. The roasted malt aromas are drier in nature being of a strong roasted coffee, some toast, as well as a dark chocolate with just some lighter touches of vanilla and caramel. The hoppy smells, which are stronger in this Imperial then in most, are mainly of a woody and earthy nature mixed with some lighter aromas of a pine smell.
Taste – The taste follows the nose very well. This imperial is on the drier roasty side with a decent bitter flavor at the end. The flavor begins with a roasted coffee and espresso flavor with a hint of some caramel sweetness. A dark chocolate flavor as well as a light vanilla and some wood then come to the tongue. The caramel begins fading at this point with some hop flavors of a earthy and citrus hop. The hops grow slightly stronger toward the end with a hint of citrus sweetness of orange and some orange peel coming to the tongue. In the end, with some boozy and oaky flavors coming to the tongue as well, a rather roasty and slightly warming boozy flavor is left to warm and linger the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly above medium side, although slightly lower then would have been expected from the look or from the fact that it is a 10 % ab brew. The carbonation level is rather average. The higher carbonation and thinner body are sorta nice for highlighting the hoppier/bitter flavors in the sea of darker flavors as well as making it more drinkable, but overall a creamier body and a lower carbonation would have likely served the brew better, highlighting the nice roasty flavors and making it a slower sipper as it is intended to be.
Overall – A fairly nice drier Russian Imperial. It is almost like a blend between and imperial stout and a black IPA in some ways, as it finishes with a decent bitter hop/roast taste(although not what would be need to be actually considered a true black IPA) . Its pretty nice and worth a try, although it is likely not one I would go to on any great occasion.
pinkzambia (1933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle from Monde market in Philly: pours thick like old motor oil and Amost impossible to create a head. Small light brown ring around the edge. Dark dark in color. Aroma of burnt malts, dark chocolate with some coffee. Coffee bitterness in the flavor followed by some sweet bitter sweet choco notes. Thick, full body - feels great inter mouth like a liquid pillow. Tasty! jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Burnt, roasty, malty, tobacco aromas. Charred, roasty, malty flavors. Pretty tasty. bolthead101 (7) - Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
Immediately I am able to detect the unmistakable aroma of hops. If there are any other underlying scents, they are quickly subdued by the smell of hops. It has a black hole like appearance with a lingering, somewhat substantial, tan froth. I am no fan of hoppy beers, but this stout is quite pleasant. Unfortunately, as with the aroma, the taste of hops permeates it drowning all else. It has a full body with oily texture and a bitter, hoppy finish. Overall, I find it to be a very good beer. I would’ve rated it significantly higher had I been a hop fan. devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle, Aroma is rich roasted malt and light coffee and chocolate. taste is full bodied roast with a slick finish, good one!