Served chilled from a 12 oz bottle and poured into a snifter. Pours a deep black color with a thin tan foam head. Smells are of chocolate, coffee and booze. Carbonation is light with a full body. First sip is of chocolate and coffee and tastes very rich. The next few sips are not as good, and almost tastes like a shot of vodka dropped into a stout. Still seems very Russian. The last sip is quite nice however. This is one dark bitter beer that makes the alcohol presence known.
Overall a good Russian Imperial from Sierra Nevada, and affordable as always. I have one more bottle, but will wait a month or two before cracking that.