Tmoney99 (14609) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Tap sample at MBGSF 2011. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium sweet roasted malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Good drinkable beer. crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2012
12 oz bottle.
It pours pretty much the qiuntessinial way for a RIs Thick, inky black body with a huge fomay tan head that sticks forever before receding to some nice thick-walled style lacing.
The smell is pretty good. It is roasty, it reminds me of a baltic porter in a way, or rather an imperial baltic porter. Not in the yeast but in the overall cocoa, raoastinees, and caramel levels.
The flavor is pretty good. Just what I am looking for in a RIS, not too much cloying sweetness, waves of roasted malt flavors. Think abyss without all the additives.
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black with a large sized tan head. Aromas of roast, cocoa, and coffee. Tastes of roast, caramel, coffee, some dark fruits, and chocolate. Sammy (12347) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Great head, thick and very bubbly. Black body. Aroma is chocolate and roasty. Taste is coffee and sweet. Rather sweet for a RIS. Rather fair for a RIS, but quaff able. Thanks Josh for sharing. deyholla (11745) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma is full of roasted malts with an underlying coffee note and on odd earthy note as well. Flavor is similar with lots of roasted malts, an odd sweet earthy note and some backing coffee
alexsdad06 (10473) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a few random bubbles for a head. The aroma had roasted malts, chocolate, light black coffee notes, a mild dark fruitiness and some alcohol. The flavor has roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate with some earthy bitterness. Very thin for the style. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Sample from a 12oz bottle. Super-dark brown but still clear color. Minimal light brown head, good lace. Dark fruit, molasses, little roasty malts. Bittersweet taste. Bigger body, good chewy texture, lighter carbonation. Not my favorite RIS, but still OK solidfunk (9011) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Smells very good. A bit on the syrupy side with the consistency. Smells of hops, pungent roast and some booze though well disguised. Colour black caramel. Pretty low carbonation. Light, sweet finish. Bottle from Megabev. b3shine (8931) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks solid; cola with no real lacing or carbonation. Smells and tastes malty with an average mouthfeel. An alright stout, but not really worthy of the RIS label. drowland (8828) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
7/3/13. 12oz bottle thanks to breau. Black pour with a huge tan head that fizzes away fast. Some dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate in the aroma. Surprisingly light flavor with some coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Thin body and SUPER overcarbonated. I’m not sure if just overcarbed or a little infected. Not great either way.