|Highest Rated||Imperia (48 / 100)
||Average score||48 / 100 (Not Great)|
|Lowest Rated||Imperia (48 / 100)
48 / 100
22oz brown bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.
Pours a translucent dark brown colour, with a loose-bubbled head of beige that leaves some scattered lace, and settles out to a foamy ring. Body is really very light, and the carbonation is swift and underwhelming.
Nose is also a bit of a disappointment. There's a fairly strong black olive note that comes through, giving a slight acidity, even though it's not obviously sour. Otherwise, it's savoury—I get brown bread, tyre rubber, buttered potatoes and coffee ice cream. Not unpleasant flavours in the big scheme of things, but not necessarily in balance for what this beer is trying to be.
Taste is a little better, but perhaps because it's not so muddled. Instead, it's rather simple, with a slick, reedy vanilla note and some characters of crushed vegetation. It has a toasty finish, but it's one of the few concessions to actually being a dark beer.
Feel is slick, but really quite weak and thin.
Overall, I'm not a fan. This is a RIS that seems to be brewed in name only. "We've made a Russian Imperial Stout", the brewers can say, without actually having to put the craft or the effort into doing it right. It's a poor example of the style.