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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This Russian Imperial Stout is an intensely flavorful beer. Chocolaty, roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a hidden alcohol presence. This beer was designed to be sipped slowly on a cool evening in a nice cognac glass. Let it warm up to get the full flavor. This beer won Best in Show at the 2005 NJ State Fair when Brian was homebrewing.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Thanks hophead75. Pours a thin brown with a creamy one finger tan head. The aroma is sweet, grassy, fruity, mostly hops, roast, brown sugar. The flavor is just god awful, I can’t take another sip to sum it all up. Astringent, offensive, not an easy drinker.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2008
The color was medium brown. The head was thin, creamy, and light biege. The aroma was berries, fruity, light smokey, and hops. The flavor was berries and grass. The palate was thin. The finish was abrupt. This did not taste like an imperial stout.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Bottle… March 08 Tampa Bay Tasting… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, taupe head. The aroma is bursting with roasted cereal grains and cocoa. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. Bitter and boozy with mild sweetness. Bittersweet finish. Bottle courtesy of mgumby10. Thanks, Mike!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Courtesy of mgumby10. Thank you, sir.

Nice aroma and flavor, but this was missing a bit of heft that I like from my Imp Stouts. ABV well hidden, no sense of the 10%. Nice chocolatey malt flavor, along with some coffee and lactic sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Pours a dark brown/black, with and off white head. Smells somewhat earthy, light chocolate malt, and dark fruit notes fill the air as well. The flavor was of bitter dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and some caramel malt as well. Pretty nice drinking imperial stout. I liked the variety of flavors and was balanced pretty nicely.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Interesting aroma of hatch green chilies, freshly fried corn tortillas, light roastiness, cocoa, bubble gum, some pesticide, overly ripen citrus, and light tobacco. Flavor of roasted malt, vegetable (most green pepper), caramel, nuts, and dry cocoa. Mouthfeel and flavor is a bit on the thin side for an Imperial Stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bp (784) - Queens, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Bottle: pours a dark black with a thin tan head, aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, taste of malt and slightly bitter chocolate, smooth, dry finish. A nice impy stout and certainly something I’d buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, some piney hops and a bit of chocolate. Flavor was much milder than the aroma. Light roasted malt flavor with a bit of black licorice and some floral hoppiness. Alcohol was barely detectable. While the flavors were somewhat muted, it actually made it a very easy drinking beer. It is rare that I can drink more than one impy stout at a time, but I could see myself drinking a few of these.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Thanks for sharing Yaniv! Dark dark brown with a nice tan head. Weird marshmallow over to chocolatey malt. Some in that roast, a bit sweet. Something here says smore... or at least graham cracker is suggested by the marshmallow... and then the chocolate. Full creamy palate with perhaps just a hint of chalk. Muddy chocolate flavors are heavy, the brighter chocolate I enjoy is very light, low key. Big roasty toasty flavors. Hops are big floral. Graham crackers? Again, marshmallows. Cardboard? Oxidized flavors linger, bringing this beer down unfortunately.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
n0superman (7) - Piscataway, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2008 does not count
Got this bootle from Oak Tree Buy Rite...wasn’t expecting it to be this good, but it is a big beer with a complex flavor. Bitter and metallic like most stouts, but alot of other flavors, fruit smoke, coffee. Small head which mostly diminishes but leaves some lacing on the glass. Color is very dark but not straight up black, you can almost see a reddish brown tint. Super.


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