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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12353) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bp (836) - New York, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
12oz bottle sampled courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a deep brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, roast, coffee, and chcocolate. Tastes of earhiness, chocolate, and lighter coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppityHop (187) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
From one of the most knowledgable and friendly brewers in the area, this stout surely did not disappoint. Pours a dirty used engine oil black, complete with brown bubbly foam at the top. If you’ve ever changed your own engine oil, you’ll know what I’m talking about. No real lacing to speak of. "Mocha coffee with cream" would be my best attempt at describing the aroma. Flavor and drinkability is just out of this world, though. It isn’t that syrupy thick flavor you’d expect from the coloring and alcohol percentage. More of a nutty coffee flavor with a slight tinge of dark chocolate. Although, the extremely low carbonation would let you gulp it down if you braved, the 10% alcohol makes this something to sip slowly. What I liked best about this was the lack of the typical "dark fruit" flavors typically found in the style. That and the fact that it wasn’t as thick as the afforementioned used motor oil. Great stuff from NJ’s newest brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2008
As previous raters mentioned,got this 12 oz bottle from Oaktree.Poured out a dark brown color,with a thin tan head.Aromas of malt,coffee and chocoloate.Medium body,with all the tastes listed above as well as some cherry and light hops.Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2008
12 oz bottle from Oak Tree Buy Rite. Just about black in color with a very small off white head. Aroma of chocolate, citrus and floral hops, molasses, and light roast. Taste is quite hoppy for a RIS with floral and resinous earth, with alot of chocolate and moderate roast. Caramel sweetness is moderate throughout- body medium, carbonation very soft. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness, dry chocolate, and subtle touches of roasty bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (1046) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Enjoyed on tap at the release at Andy’s Corner Bar in Bogota, NJ. Initial nose is very fruity and stout flavor is reserved, the 100 IBUs are hidden as is the alcohol. But don’t be fooled, this is a monster of a brew. After several sips, roastiness and coffee is released, anise, caramel and the full body begin to become more prominent. This is not an overpowering IRS but don’t be fooled by it’s drinkabilty. The 10% alcohol will sneak up on you quickly. This is the type of beer to have a growler of in front of crackling fire in a Vermont during a howling winter storm.

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