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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Russian Imperial Stout made with smoked jalapeños from McClendon Select and smoked over Arizona mesquite wood, all aged on cocoa nibs (Papa New Guinea and Belize). Well, well. What sits in front of you, this thick, monstrous, viscous … this is the Russian Imperial Stout. This is the crème de la crème of the beer world. The empress of Russia couldn’t get enough of it. This being the US of freaking A makes this the free world’s style, thus, the American Presidential nomenclature. Catherine the Great would have sat in the Hermitage and asked why jalapeños smoked over Arizona mesquite were used. We say this to CTG: This is ’Merica and this is Wilderness. This is OUR stout. Enjoy — we poured our hearts and souls into this one!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10837) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014 Jet black with a light brown head. Wow. This is incredible. The nose is incredible. A mix of chocolate, smoked jalapeños, rich roasted malt, incredible cocoa nibs...and the flavor. Well the 11% is hidden incredibly well. The flavor is just the right amount of sweetness and roast. Tons of cocoa, molasses notes, just a perfect amount of smoke...an amazing stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (1802) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016 Blue Session. Pitch black viscous pour with tan head. Aroma and taste of bourbon, dark chocolate, cocoa, light coffee. Sweetish, creamy taste leading to a roasted finish. Very thin for the ABV. I expected much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17024) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2016
CBC. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather rather bitter finish with heavy alcohol. Boozy. 130516
Earlier Rating: 5/14/2014 Total Score: 4.1
CBC. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and spicy. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 020514

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2300) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2016
Sample @ CBC’16, Copenhagen. Blue session. Pitch black pour with a dark tan head. Notes of roast, light spice, some soy, brrrrbn and chocolatey goodness.
Earlier Rating: 5/12/2015 Total Score: 4.1
Tap @ CBC 2015, yellow session. Black with a light tan head. Nose has loads of green peppers, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is peppery, fresh coffe, vanilla and some light soy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (7715) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2016
Tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, Copenhagen - pours black with a tan head. Roasted and medium sweet malty aroma and taste with chocolate, coffee, caramel,whisky soaked wooden notes, boozy warming finish.
Earlier Rating: 5/11/2014 Total Score: 3.6
tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014 - brown pour with beige head. Roasted malty, caramel, great choc and vanilla notes, some dark fruits, hotness on the palate. Very different, liked this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (3026) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2016
On tap at CBC 2016. Pours black with little head. Aromas of dark sugar, bourbon, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors of bourbon, grainy roasted malts, dark chocolate powder and sugar. Okay but a bit rough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2315) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
On tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016. Black with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, fig. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, complex balanced palate. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, dates, cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (3204) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2016
Draught sample at CBC 2016, Blue session. Pitch black with a thin, tanned head. Roasted aroma with rich, dark malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Taste is sweet/roasted. Full body with an oily texture. Finishes dry and roasted/sweet with vinous notes. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1291) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2016
On tap at CBC 2016. Dark brown with a thin head. Bourbon, chocolate, coconut and vanilla. Exellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (15451) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2016
CBC2016. Schwarze Farbe, mittelgroße bräunliche Schaumkrone. Geruch nach bourbon, Vanille, Schokolade. Geschmack süß malzig, Karamell, Vanille, bourbon, geil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (5220) - FINLAND - MAY 19, 2016
@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, BLUE

black. Deep malty roasty, some soy on nose. Full bodied, malty sweets, bitter finish. Drinkable nice.

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Earlier Rating: 5/16/2014 Total Score: 3.9
Tap @ CBC14-yellow. Black, dark head. Roasty Dark nose with some smoky notes, jalapeno peppers. Dry chocolate, full body smooth. Awesome beer.

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