mmmbeer (1425) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2011
12 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a nearly non transparent black with tints of ruby when held to a light source, very light carbonation, 3 mm darkened tan head became a ring of the same color around the glass within a few minutes, decorated with several frog eyes. Aroma of dark chocolate, alcohol, caramel, and the roasted malt. Hits the mouth with wide body, malt tastes burnt to me, oily medicinal feel in the middle, very boozy finish. Tastes Russian alright, but I’m not rushing to drink it all in 5 mintues- kind of in the middle of the road for me. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Pours a brownish black with a light brown head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar. Flavor is roast, chocolate, coffee, spices, vanilla, licorice, a bit of choco bitterness. Body is thin for a high gravity RIS, but the flavor is not lacking. Widmer did good this time around, not bad at all, better than their overpriced reserve series beers in bombers. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Pours solid black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate malt and caramel. Taste has some dark chocolate bitterness, the alcohol is noticeable. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Solid beer and incredible for the price. Title_10 (22) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Not much of a stout lover, but definitely enjoyed this beer. Dark brown in color which fades to a red and orange around the edges. You smell more of the nine some percent alcohol than you taste. The alcohol is very well hidden among the toasty flavors and body. I haven’t tried too many stouts, but so far it’s my favorite. troopie (2341) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle. I’ve been wanting to try this for years, but somehow it never was available. Poured smooth black with thin fast dissipating beige head. Roast malt and chocolate notes in the aroma. Flavour is wonderful, full bodied, roast malt, chocolate and coffee, toasted rusks. Full rusky finish.
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours a smooth black with a small beige head and non-existent lace. The aroma includes lots of roast, toast, and slight hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste is quite charred, with lots of toast and chocolate coming through. Finishes with a bit of a charred linger. Reid (2541) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2011
12 oz part of a 6 -pack under the "W’11" moniker. $6.99 a sixer.Fred Meyer, S.Salem.
Not as pitch black as expected..kinda brown around the edges. very handsome large frothy,thick tan head.
Aroma very surprisingly subdued..some roasty,toasty malts..some floweryness there too.strange.
Taste is rather subdued too but a good chewy bitterness..dark coffee with some creme. Some sweetness..almost like honey!
Despite the subdued nature..i do like the palate on the beer..its thick and really goes down well.
Overall a strange one..9.3% yet barely a hint of alcohol until its well down the gullet. Also strangely smooth..
Not a great IRS..but its nice on a wet cold Oregon morning. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Dark, root beer brown colored syrup consistency on the pour. Thin brown head indiciative of high alcohol content. Rich, brown malty nose. Dark roasted malt flavor with a dry, stong hop taste and finish. Satisfaction in a glass. stchloe (1067) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2009
This is why I don’t like big commercial brewers, in the end they tend to suck. Like this beer. It just wasn’t impressive. A weak floral hop nose that became malty and big bodied, but not really that good in the end. thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2009
Oregon Brew Fest: very dark pour with tan head, flavor has lots of roasted malt flavors along with some chocolate, just an overall damn good stout.