jflopsu (1862) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2017 KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a murky pitch black with a large (2-3 finger) rocky light brown head that lasted throughout and had excellent streaky lacing.
The aroma was definitely intense with a strong dark roasted bread malt and a mildly sweet leathery yeast that had notes of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and a mild caramel sweetness with just a hint of alcohol.
It tasted fantastic to say the least, it started with a mild sweetness that had hints of caramel and coffee, then progressed into a bitter-sweet coffee flavor with the finish having a strong presence of dark chocolate. The flavor was left lingering for a nice long time after the swallow letting everything meld together and settle in rather nicely on the palate.
Mouthfeel was tremendously full in body and very creamy in texture, yet slightly watery at the end with a moderately soft carbonation.
Overall a superior Imperial Stout that left the flavor lying on the taste buds for a decent duration, allowing a full enjoyment of all the components of this extremely tasty brew.
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 Pours black with brown head. Chocolate, malt and dark alcohol aroma. Sweet chocloate and dark fruit taste. Lingering caramel, chocolate, coffee and dark alcohol aftertaste. bbaird (39) - - NOV 25, 2017
Wonder if I got an older bottle...had a fair amount of dust on it. Poured into a chilled pint glass and got ZERO head, no carbonation at all. Deep caramel and chocolate flavor but was turned off by it being so flat.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone climberbob (497) - Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Bottle into glass. Looks like it should. Chocolate velvet aroma. Oily smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malt. Very tasty
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Dec 2006
Poured from 12oz bottle(I've been "sitting" on this bottle forl over a year) a pitch black with a smallish head of foam that hardly shrinks during the seesion. Nice solid layer with plenty of lacing.
The smell is wonderful! Strong notes of roasted malt and chocolate are a sheer delight...Ahhh.
The taste is an absolute reflection of the nose. Delicious chocolate and roasted malt floods my palate upon first sip. Next, I notice a coffee flavour that joins in, along with hot cocoa, making for a super nice complexity that carries through to the finish where I can just taste a bit of bitterness but..the actual finish ends up back to where this great RIS started. Oh my gosh, this is a superb nectar. Thank goodness I have one more bottle in my stash.
As far as the 9%abv, it doesn't show up in the taste; there's just some warming after consumption and that's most welcome this time of year. ;^)
Bottom line: A *superb* sample of the style that is sure to please the diehard fans of Russian Imperial Stouts. Don't miss this one if you see it around your nedck of the woods and if you don't see it, trade for it or buy it online. What a sipper!! Erzengel (9779) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2017
Smooth malty nose. The beer starts malty dry, lots of roast with a dry and moderate bitter finish. Great depth, malty deep, fantastic.
Beerhunter111 (23281) - Beerland, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2017
Bottle shared with Erzengel! A black beer with a huge most good lasting tan head. Aroma of strong dark malt, liquorice, coffee. Taste of strong dark malt, liquorice, coffee, roasted malt. jacmandel (2) - - SEP 6, 2017 does not count
This imperial stout is rich in color, the taste has notes of dark roast coffee, although the aroma is not as strong as the taste. Overall a great tasting beer that is for those who like a stout that is strong but smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Voodoo (716) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2017
Pours a near black with a thin tan head.....aroma of chocolate, coffee, sweet malts.....taste is thinner than expected at first them blooms into dark chocolate, oak, splendid bitterness, touch of booze, sweet almost lactose taste, finishing with black coffee notes. Nice. ehaak26 (751) - - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle from Beers of the World. Pours black with a nice tan head. Big aroma of toasted malt and caramel. sinfull (1847) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 12, 2017
Black color. Big , tan head . Coffee, roasted malt , dark fruits and smoke in aroma. Same notes in flavor. Silky mouthfeel. Lingering, roasted bitterness.
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