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Review by everetends on 06/22/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle sent to my by the greatness that is IBUnit63. I have heard quite a bit about this brew and it was a great suprise to see this bottle in the package. Served this one up in my Terrapin snifter. Nothing like a good Russian Imperial Stout on a Friday night.

A: Pours a pretty nice, seemingly viscous stream of inky black in color. Held to the light, at the very top you get some dark red hued brown, but the body is mostly black that is on the most part not letting light through. At the pour, I got about half a finger of mocha colored head. The problem is that there is little to no retention and there is very little lace to speak of. There is a clear and somewhat thick film that coats the glass. Very nice, but it does have some room to grow, especially in the head department.

S: Getting a good amount of milk chocolate coming across here in the nose. Maybe a milk chocolate bar next to a warm cup of dark coffee. Getting a little bit of some hops jumping out at me, maybe of an earthy variety or maybe some citrus presence. Getting a good amount of roast along with some vanilla heaviness. Maybe a touch of cream as well. Getting a touch of tobacco as well. Quite enjoyable.

T: The taste is very much like the nose and that makes me very happy. Getting a really nice high end coffee flavor with some added milk chocolate going on in here. Nice vanilla notes kicking in here with some nice roasty malt and wood flavor. Nice and slight milky goodness coming across here. Pretty decent robust flavor with a somewhat nice and subtle spice flavor (maybe some anise seed). Getting just a touch of hops on the back end. Yet again, a nice tobacco presence that is light but also adds just a nice richness to this brew. Not bad at all, man. Not bad at all.

M: Light side of full bodied. Actually has a touch of thinness to it that is turning me off just a touch. I was expectig a much thicker brew. ABV is up there, but it is pretty mild on the palate and throat. Brings some warmth but it doesn't get too crazy at all. Carbonation is a bit on the light side, but it keep this beer creamy and nice. Has a nice and velvet smoothness to it. Aftertaste is mostly some chocolate and roast.

D: For the 9%, I can't complain at all. Sure it is a bit thin, but that absolutely helps the drinkability. This went down incredibly well and quickly for an RIS. It has a lot going for it in the flavor and aroma categories, but it does have room to grow in the look and feel. The look was truly lacking but the flavor really helps it all out. Very glad to have finally tried this and it works nicely. Another great brew to have enjoyed from Great Lakes. Damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-06-2009 05:58:42

Served In: Snifter

Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 18 3 8 2010
Summer of 69? Pours a black colored hue with reddish tinge around the edges. A little help with the pour provided a frothy with a lighter tan head. Good retention and lacing through out although did dissipate over time. Some viscous sticking to the glass but limited.

The nose is malty but limited overall for a Imp Stout. A stronger astringent nose with roasted coffee and a touch of chocolate on the backend. Some solvent characteristics and a touch of chlorine as well. Hints of liquorish and anis. Lighter earthy tones, both peaty and some light hop undertones.

The taste is more maltier than the nose originally indicated but does lack some depth. There is a good roast quality with more of burnt flavor than coffee. Some lighter chocolate notes that give a rich flavor. Some lighter phenol and solvent flavors as well. Not getting much hop flavors but a light earthy undertone.

The body is closer to mid and to me is where this beer falls off. To start there is a good malt texture but the finish is just wispy/watery and lacks that depth. Almost like an American stout than Imp/Double Stout. There are some good textures, a silky finish, but I am looking for more. Overall good but could use some help.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 8-21-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Got this one in a trade with Jay23, thanks man! Freshness date of 8/2/07.

Well, it pours like a RIS should, jet black and has a little less than a finger of foam. The aroma is full and bold! It includes chocolate (milk sweet and bitter), coffee, toffee, roasted barley, maple and subtle woody hops. I believe it’s the alcohol and hops which give this brew a faint wood-like aroma, but it’s just a guess. I love having those brews you just want to ‘bite’ into, and for me this is one of those beers. The taste is rich with roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety; it seems like one of those beers you eat instead of drink. This is a wonderful stout that would go great on a cold/rainy night. I’ll save my last bottle, or get some more via trading, to age or wait until the cold season starts.

I actually said this out loud so I thought it would be right for the review, “this is a good freakin’ stout.”

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 01/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2008
Black out light is what this does, nothing penetrates its oily blackish body. Grows a very thin cocoa brown cap thats foamy thick and thins out slowly leaving a slight skim and a good collar. Lace is thin and subsides some glaring oily spots but mostly a small curtain sticking close to the collaring is what continues to keep.

Aroma is of fresh coffee with tiny bits of chocolate and maintains a roasty deepness.

Taste is roasty, semi-heavy in the front, heavier as it goes with chocolate depositing hints as the roasty black malts and coffee sooth their way across the palate. Darker fruit notes of raisin and plum supersede some empty areas where the roast and coffee miss. Some darker toffee too. Its got a good hold from front to back thats quite nice to undertake. Finishes complex with a slight drying mix of piney burnt hop flavor, more roast, some dark fruit notes, and slight coffee. Overall, quite soothing and smooth with just a nudge of alcoholic warmth after each sip and/or gulp.

Feel is favorable in smoothness, not quite as thick as I wanted, but clean, slightly oily/creamy, roasty, and well bodied in about a medium/heavy porter sense. Great finisher with a heavy set return and warmth.

Drinkable and dangerously so. Gone from my glass quickly with this stuff. So smooth and inviting with nice rich flavors that aren't, either, to heavy or to shy, its nearly perfect in that regards. It gains a heavier hold as it wavers off after each sip. A good quality to have; has that nice heavy return of chocolate and roast thats killer to just cinder in your throat. A fine Imperial stout.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 4 9 0
Review from 01/13/07

A - Pours with a one finger fizzy head light cocoa in color. After a few seconds, head is only a ring around the glass. Dark brown colored body that won't be letting much, if any, light through.

S - Big roasted dark malts. Grainy. Chocolate with a touch of peanut butter.

T - Starts with a rich, dark chocolate flavor. Bittersweet. Big roasted malt follows with a touch of coffee. A little dark fruit flavor comes in. Nice full flavor.

M - Full bodied. A bit chewy. Super smooth with nice subtle carbonation.

D - Very nice RIS. I will have to pick up more next time in Chicago.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 18 4 8 0

Received in a trade about 18 months ago. Time to pop it.

Served at cellar temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass

Appearance is good. Extremely black liquid. Robust, mocha colored head forms but thins out through the drinking session.

Smell is very good. Espresso, Turkish coffee, dark and semi-sweet chocolate. Alcohol fumes and vanilla bean are in the background as well.

Taste is very good. While the smell focuses more on the coffee, the flavor is dominated by the dark chocolate. Large roasted malt profile too. The flavor is a tad bit thin when compared to the higher-ranked RIS's but still very nice.

Mouthfeel is very good. Nice, Smooth, creamy, full-bodied. Carbonation is subdued but i believe that's from the aging process.

Drinkability is good. Another 12oz bottle wouldn't be a problem.

A nice chocolatey treat. Nice combination of coffee and chocolate flavors. A fine RIS that would start a session off quite well. Recommended.

Served In: Tulip

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