beastiefan2k (4122) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2017
12oz bottle. No wolf on this label. Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma is dark and fumy with heft but low seeetness and low acidity. Ashed earthiness, layered upon thick bittersweet chococlate brownie. Light bitter malts. Lots of stuff and none of it bad. Flavor is lighter than expected with more acidity breaking through. Coffee bittersweet brownie with low seeetness but lots of maltiness. Acidity sprinkles and tickles the palate. Leftover is a burnt, but not too much, acidic aftertaste with enough malt to balance. Drying, acidity stay a bit. It's a big beer that's able to not be sweet or oppressively patent malt heavy. Really like it. nimbleprop (8808) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2017
22oz bottle I’ve had in the cellar at least a year, pours an opaque, oily black with some foamy, mocha head. Nose is heavy with black licorice and baker’s chocolate, a very heavy raisin/prune/ancho thing too, almost road tar, some mushroom lurking. Lots to unpack. Flavor slides a little, sadly, the sweet notes really dominate, black licorice, Kahlua, dark chocolate truffles, some BBQ sauce. Finishes full bodied, sticky, boozy. MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2017
My Bottom Line: ganache (6068) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2017
This richly raisiny, roasty and resinous Russian Imperial Stout shares plenty of chocolatey sugars, offering a whopper of a dessert beer.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A crown of foam tops the pure darkness.
-The mouthfeel is heavy but luxurious.
-Leafy hop resins are present enough to offset the portentous malt signature.
-A light acidity helps make each sip even more agreeable.
-This may not be the most complex of Impys, but it is a very satisfying example.
Bottle. Merci, Hughes!
25th rating for this brew. Bottle from VE, mine marked 10.4% abv. Nose heavy dark chocolate and roast, choco malt, scorch, touch of salt, faintest hint of pop corn. Pour dark brown collecting to used motor oil in the glass, head is finely-textured light brown. Medium body, very sweet and bursting with jammy fruit (cherry, red berry); smooth and sultry cocoa, inky black roast and a bit of scorch, very plummy, medium-strong chocolate, very smooth with well-integrated alcohol (classy, just a touch o warmth, hint at fusel scorch to start but the numbing takes care of that). Flash of citrus but that fades, replaced by intense foxy grape and raisin, plum. Low bitterness enough to balance the sweetness, no tartness, fuzzy teeth with enough volume. Some things I don’t like, but for this side of the impy spectrum, it’s well put together -- deeply satisfying, decadent, fruity ink. [2017.06.20: 3.9] Homer321 (5202) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Draft at source. Aroma is deep chocolate and fudge. Black. No head. Taste follows with a smooth and pleasant mouthfeel. Almost vanilla. Grate.
kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Black with a tan head. Plenty of coffee her with more roasted notes. Not much chocolate. Slight burnt malt finish. MrBunn (2849) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2017
On tap at Wolf Ridge. Pour is black with a thin head of tan foam. Aromas are thick with chocolate, a hint of licorice and a little cream and charcoal. As an imperial stout it hits a lot of the right marks, but is a little too cloying for my tastes. It has a nice brusque chocolate to charcoal thing going, but it gets a bit bogged down in a burnt sugar side current that doesn’t turn my crank. It does improve a bit as it warms. Not sure if the fruit esters cover the residual sugar better or what. All complaints aside, this is a lovely impy. rejtable (2849) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2017
Bottle from road trip. Pours black with lots of dark tan head and some lacing. Nose is fruity and some espresso. Flavours of plum, maybe some berries, espresso, dark chocolate.’taste big bitter big sweet. Full creamy body with medium carbonation and lasting bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well buried under all that flavour. FROTHINGSLOSH (8164) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2017
Sampled on draft at Vintage Estate this beer poured a black color with a medium sized creamy dark tan head that left excellent lacing. The aroma was cocoa, anise and floral hops. The flavor was bitter with cocoa, anise, floral hops, roasty malts and a touch of red meat. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Decent. drsordr (2885) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Draft to taster at source pour opaque black with moderate tan head. Nose milk chocolate, light roast, red fruit. Taste big roasted malt, dark chocolate, bitterness from the roast. Chocolate and roasted finish. Thick mouth feel.