DMarra (9) - IRELAND - FEB 18, 2013 does not count
A delicious beer! Completely black in colour with a head the same colour as the crema on a good espresso.
Most Russian Imperial Stouts I’ve had are stronger than this beer’s 7% and many are sweeter, so don’t expect a stout of the "chewy" variety. This is a relatively dry example with a nice, but not overpowering hop structure. The real star of this beer is the intense heavily-roasted malt profile. I’m thinking very dark roasted barley & black malt over chocolate malt. The level of roast here is really astonishing and without a balancing caramel aspect, the roasted flavours really come to the fore. There is also a delicious flutter of smokiness - this could either be from a very small proportion of smoked malt, or from the heavy dark roast of the unsmoked malts - really enticing.
People who prefer the uber-ageworthy and sweeter 12% abv imperial stouts might not find what they’re looking for here, but, make no mistake, this is a delicious beer. This is definitely in the top handful of stouts made in Ireland today. Travlr (24826) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Andrew and douglas88, thank you gents! Completely black color, thick dark brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of licorice, rich dark bittersweet cocoa, burnt cofee, dark fruit. Taste is smooth, rich, slightly fruity, slightly sour, very roasty and complex. Very tasty. GenkiGonzo (1092) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 2, 2016
Bottle from Bradleys. Really dark with a thick tan head. Aroma of burnt malts and coffee. Flavour has a dry bonfire smokiness with coffee and caramel malts. Wonderful stout. ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 3, 2013
Very deep, almost black shade of brown, fizzy head which doesnt last. Espresso, oaky wood, dark chocolate, roast malt aromas. Big rich flavours, more coffee and dark malt tempered with bitter hops. Slick mouthfeel, carbonation is more lively than other Russian Imperials Ive tried. Finish is a nice balance of dark chocolate and sharp hops. Very nicely done. rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at omhper’s tasting 130817. Very dark amber/brown beer with a small beige head. Malty roasted aroma, chocolate, licorice, cocoa powder, tar notes, vanilla, creamy, raisins, prunes, milk chocolate. Malty roasted flavor, creamy, caramel, chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, vanilla, woody, hay, some licorice. Very drinkable imp stout.
douglas88 (9188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Great beer thanks to Andrew. Pours a pitch black color with a medium brown head. A big sweet nose with roasted malts, some brown sugar and dark fruit. Ash, dark roasted malts, caramel, some vanilla, oil, more heavy roast. Damn nice. A gentle palate. Excellent. garthicus (2929) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 25, 2012
One of my drinkstore.ie orders for Christmas Day. Appearance: pitch black, mocha brown head. Aroma: quite mild, coffee, chocolate, chicory, a little spice, milk. Flavour: oh. Decent smoke at the start, lovely coffee and chocolate backbone but the smoke really pushes through. Long bitter coffee and smoke finish. Slight hint of the alcohol strength. Tastes great ! (Not what I’d class ’imperial’ but damn good) IPAgutten79 (947) - Skui, NORWAY - APR 30, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 Mørk med medium høyde på det lysebrune skummet. Aroma av mild lakris, bål og melkesjokolade. I smaken er det røyk og melkesjokolade. Noe kaffe også. Medium konsistens. Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 12, 2012
Pours dark black with minimal white head formation. Tobacco and milk chocolate on the nose. Surprisingly light bodied for 7% with little sign of the alcohol (drinks like a mild!) Chocolate, coffee, a touch of chicory. Want to try this again to see how it develops! Liamrua (49) - Waterford, IRELAND - JUL 2, 2014
500ml bottle, pours dark tan with a high froth three finger head which dissipates. Beautiful malt chocolate smooth coffee aroma. Slight carbonation with a beautiful full flavoured taste of malts and smooth chocolate, sweet with little bitterness. I enjoyed it with red meat. A classic, high,y recommended.