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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
his 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 home brewing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2008
20080408 12oz bottle picked up at Oak Tree. Dark, stoutish appearance with small brown head. Doesn’t look quite viscous, but does leave an oily, sticky film. Aroma is a bit hot with alcohol, lots of licorice, ashtray, and light resinous hops plus some hints of sulfur. Mouthfeel is a bit thin bit oily and coating, finishing with ashy astringency. Some flavors of burnt grain up front give way to lingering but mild resinous/pith bitterness. Very little in the way of sweetness at any point. Gutsy stuff and worth the try, but seems that it could use some refinement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2008
Poured a clear very deep brown color with a minimal sized tan head and brown legs.The beer smelled like licorice and bologna. the flavor is fairly sweet and roasty. Notes of bitter dark chocolate and licorice. There were some piny hops in the middle and finish. The beer dries out rather quickly leaving a moderate bitterness. Some warmth with a medium body. The beer seemed gritty. The mouthfeel started out sticky and sweet but ended dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 4, 2008
12 oz. bottle shared by goldtwins. Pours black with a very thin tan head that quickly disappeared. Pleasant aroma which I thought was a bit light for an imperial stout included notes of anise, roasted malt and just a bit of chocolate. The flavor was again roasted malt with some anise and chocolate. The finish was a bit chalky and dry. Fairly well hidden alcohol. Thanks Larry!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Pours out black with a small slightly off white lacing head. Aroma is of roasted malts and some chocolate. Taste is complex, very roasty, some smoke and some chocolate and slight coffee. Warming with a very well hidden alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2008
At the BBB63 comes to Tampa gathering, thanks to mgumby10 for the offering, how many mgumby’s are there?:

Pitch black with a small creamy head and good lacework. The aroma has notes of prune, walnut, chocolate, charred and grainy malts, and a hint of hop spice. The taste is twangy and toasty with a chocolate background. Grassy, herbal, coffee and slightly smoky as well. Some veggie (DMS) notes as it warms. The mouth feel is lively but a tad chalky as well, alcohol mostly hidden. Solid brew when cool, not so great once warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4867) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Black in color with not too much of a head. Slightly week, with corn like aromas in there. Lighter flavor than I expected with some malts and grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4613) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10645) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quake1028 (636) - 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.

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