surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2007
2005 vintage. Pours black with a very small fizzy head that quickly disappears. No lacing. Aroma is deep, dark chocolates, slightly vinuous, with some toffee sweetness in the finish. Flavor is more bitter chocolates with some deep dark dried fruit notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but slightly astringent. Alcohol warmth is gentle; the 10% is well-hidden. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2007
Pours brown with a tan rocky head. Smells soapy with some decent coffee and chocolate undertones. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and lots of bitterness. Good, but nowhere near the greatness of their Baltic porter. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2007
Thanks to Kan for this one! Pours a dark brown/black with a fizzy head that diminishes. Smells surprisingly fruity. With some chocolate and roasty notes. Taste is a lot of the same, the most fruity stout I have ever tasted, with chocolate and roast coffee. quite different, worth a try. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with plenty of froth on top.
Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malt and cherries.
Yeah, I think there is some definite cherry, fruit notes coming through moreso in the taste now. A different twist on an Imperial stout, but I’m digging it. Mouthfeel is full, thick and non-cloying.
This is a very solid imperial stout that is able to separate itself from the others via its distinct taste. Would love to try again. irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
2005 Vintage. pours a deep brown-black witha dark brown, thick head that retains well and leaves great lace. chocolate-rhum notes up front, rounded out with some deeper roasty aromas. nicely balanced malt flavors start with a touch of sweetness that deepens into a bitter chocolate/coffee roastiness. some astringency in the finish, as well as some alcohol warmth. nice, malt-accented RIS.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2007
12oz bottle via trade with DrBayern, many thanks. Pours well lets see, black if you hadn’t guessed with a thin coco brown head. Aroma is smokey, burnt and sweet little notes of coffee and chocolate. The taste is sweet chocolately and there is a bit of salt and sour in there. This is a bit dissapointing, good for sure but strange. henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 2, 2007
Black body, creamy milk chocolate colored head; Big nose of burnt chocolate and sharp hops; Soft textured body with a soft carbonation and a very sharp bitterness, quite salty as well; Long finish, salty, bitter and quite sour, lots of burnt chocolate, smoked cold cigar and prune aromas. Badly composed beer, the soft texture and the soft carbonation doesn’t fit the sourness at all, Harveys any day! JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a thick pitch black color with a medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and fruit. Taste is coffee, malt and hops. Has a slightly tart, bitter finish. A bit different from other RIS brews I have had. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 4   Lasting: XX   Lacing : XX   Nitro : XX
Intensity : 4
Yeast : 3   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : XX   Burnt Toast : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : XX   Coffee : 4   Dark Chocolate : 4   Vanilla : 2   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : 5   Cherries : 3
Hops : 3   Noble(1)->American(5) : 3   Leafy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : XX   Wood : 2   Mint : XX   Smoke : 2   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : 2
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 3   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : 3   Sharp : 2   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 1   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: A rather classical take on the style, focused on its dark malts and not neglecting in the least bit the essential fruity side with a big dark berry fruitiness in the nose. Little alcohol felt too.
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Thanks to RagallachMC for the bottle. Pours black with a large, cascading head. Fair lacing. Aroma is powerful, with dark roasted coffee, salty licorice, earth and chocolate. Hops in the tasting; spicy and grassy. Full body. Very dry and bitter. Short finish. Nice.