zeilinger70 (3) - Bay CIty, USA - APR 11, 2013 does not count
If you are a stout lover, than you cannot pass this up. The chocolate flavor is top notch! wyseman3 (10) - Freeland, USA - APR 8, 2013
Dark, thick and full of Roasted coffee and chocolate. Dark thick head. Very tasty! crossovert (13078) - 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.
bpar73 (1133) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2014 Sample at Suds on the Shore festival. Dark pour with lots of roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma and taste. Enough hops to make it interesting. jgb9348 (6319) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Rich, dense dark brown coloured body with a very thick rich brown head with 90% opacity for the body. Aroma of smoked peat, pit fruits, roasted malt, meat and mushrooms, oak and a touch of cherries and milk. Full-bodied; Rich, luscious malty body with a good set of caramel, milk, toffee and nuts - followed by a lot of roasted malt, some smoky notes and a lot of alcohol. Aftertaste shows some good complexity with the malt hitting hard at first then some good sweetness, then followed off by a lactic flavour. Overall, a nice imperial stout - from the ratings, I was getting worried ,but it looks like they changed the recipe or something - my bottle was nice and showed a lot of complexity and nice flavours throughout. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 06-November-2010 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 11-June-2011.
u080088 (4) - Bay City, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013 does not count
Solid Russian Imperial Stout. Dark, smooth, with hints of chocolate, roast, coffee and some burnt toast. A real winner. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2011 2nd Rating - Same as last but with more piney hops and a little smoke. Much better than before.
Bottle. Aroma has notes of sweet chocolate, black coffee, and dark roast malts. Very dark brown hue that sits black in the glass below a nice creamy brown head that diminished and left some lace. Taste is really sweet with a bitter coffee finish. Palate is full bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall the best beer I’ve had from Tri-City. A sweet stout that has plenty of coffee and sweet chocolate. I think if they tried more of an espresso and twice the hops they could have a decent brew. Room for improvement but at least it wasn’t infected.
Previous Rating was 7-4-6-3-14 jsquire (4514) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Dark beer with only the barest of a slick of brown bubbles for a head. Nose of molasses and chocolate. This has the oily mouthfeel that a good Impy stout should have, if not the thick body. Molasses sweetness with toffee, chocolate, ripe pit fruit, toasted grains and a very present grass hop tone. This is a solid stout. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour. Big roasted malt and coffee aroma with some burnt chocolate under it. Lots of roasted coffee over top of a nice chocolate flavor. Finishes roasty and smooth with a chewy palate. markas101 (2468) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
12 oz bottle, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Jet black, dark brown head. Dark chocolate and resin aroma, some burnt coffee. Sweet, thick with a bright hop transition. Finish has nice alcohol and resin.