marcus (10867) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 11, 2018
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a thick attractive tan head and a chocolate and coffee aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with a really nice coffee finish. A very roasty and tasty brew. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2018
Bottle from Smith's. Pours turbid black with tan head. Nose is dark malt, coffee, chocolate. Tastes rich, heavy on the coffee, with notes of chocolate and barley malt. Bitter finish. nasty3939 (35) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2018
A great coffee stout. There is chocolate upfront and some leather at the finish but it's coffee through and through. italianjohn (3310) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Black pour with a thin beige head and not a whole lot of head or carbonation .... aroma is of mocha, coffee, roasted malts and bitter cocoa, and some light vanilla ..... taste is of mocha, bitter cocoa/coffee, roasted malts, caramel malts and vanilla .... does has a bit of lactose sugar to it ..... abv hidden well ..... finish is lightly bitter and sweet with lingering coffee .... average but decent smaynard6000 (1266) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2017 Bottle. Pours black with a small beige head. Roasty aroma. Slightly sweet with dark chocolate notes and a bit of hops to balance. Full bodied and enjoyable.
RobertDale (6980) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Nice. superspak (6208) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2017
Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big nutty dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of vanilla, smoke, charcoal, raisin, cherry, fig, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of black/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of vanilla, smoke, charcoal, raisin, cherry, fig, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/piney/peppery hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, vanilla, smoke, charcoal, dark fruit, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of black/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial coffee stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of black/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the ABV; despite the increasingly bitter/drying finish. Very rich with balanced nutty/fruity coffee and black/roasted malt complexity; with a nice earthy/piney hop presence. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. wlajwl (7205) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Aroma is coffee, dark malts and spices. The flavor is coffee, dark malts, fruit/mild dark fruit and a mix of acidity and mild spiciness in the finish. tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2017
A nice coffee sipper. Typical flavors of coffee, roast, tobacco, dark chocolate, fig, raisin. Up my alley as far as impy stouts go. A favorite. phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2017
12 oz. bottle from poisoneddwarf - thanks again! Pours an opaque coffee brown with a small tan head that settles into an uneven ring and thin film, leaving some ropes and spots of lace in the glass. The coffee here is super earthy, almost vegetal and rubbery in the nose, with dark chocolate, roasted malts, earth, tobacco, and slight ash. Medium-plus bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasty, earthy, bitter mouthfeel. It’s only a few months old but I think it needs to be super fresh to be at its best.