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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2715) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Stout black pour with no head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Lots of roasted malt flavor with chocolate and dark fruits rounding out the flavor. Really nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodgrief (1762) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Sampled at Lansdale Brew Fest 2011. This was a third hour beer. No obvious flaws, but tasted like a run of the mill oatmeal stout. Roast, oatmeal, not overly sweet or robust. Kind of a downer for an Imperial Stout.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2011
On tap at Pints for Pets. Light chocolate and roasted barley aroma, little hops. Dark black opaque with thin cocoa lacing head. Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation. Alcohol warming. Starts sweet with molasses, chocolate and coffee, roasted barley, lactose. Light carbonic tang with tannic-phenolic roasted grain bitterness, mild hops. Finishes medium-heavy tang, not quite cloying, decent bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large foamy brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was faint dry roasty malts and hints of vanilla and floral hops. The flavor was tart, bitter and lightly roasty with faint fruity and floral hops and a light licorice note. The finish was short, dryish, mildly hoppy and a bit roasty. Fairly full bodied. Underwhelming.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2011
Pours dark, pretty much black with a thin white head. Aroma is highly roasty with notes of dark fruits and coffee grounds. Flavor is sharp and spicy, a little bit metallic, with a dark chocolate and alcohol finish. A tad thin. Not bad on its own, but not good compared to a lot of other imperial stouts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (5826) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Light roasty aroma with some old coffee like notes. The flavor has roasted malts, chocolate, some light dark fruity notes, and a hoppy hint. Not bad.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Blah. The only thing I can say good about this beer is that it hides the alcohol well. Aroma was painfully weak. Dust, earth and stale coffee. Pour was a c;ear dark brown with no bubbles and just a small tan half circle for a head. Taste was average at best. Roasted malt, earth, mud and chocolate. As it warms there is a nice milky/dairy aftertaste. Very thin mouth feel. Seems to turn to water as soon as it’s past the tonsils. Light carbonation. Not very good

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (603) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle from JTclockwork. Pours black with lots of off-white head. Smell is smoke, dried fruit and band-aids. Taste is roasted coffee, some cocoa and smoked malts. Hides the alcohol well. The palate is a little watery for a stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (689) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Aroma is intense with dark fruit, almost like a dark belgian style. Pours dark brown with a hint of red and a tan head that remains through the entire glass, excellent lacing as well. Taste is mostly dark fruit, with a burnt chocolate or coffee finish. Slightly bubbly on the tongue, with a biting finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (3940) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
On tap at the house of 1000 beers, new ken, nice place. Big black pour with a fairly thick head. Mild and friendly beer aroma, not like most coarse impy stouts. First taste and I’m surprised how acceptable this brew is. its not really that better, seems to be well made. BAlanced with some CO2 in there. Yep, much better than those over the top impy stouts, you’d never know this was 10%, it comes across more like a schawrtz beer, NICE! One of the more civilized and well made impy stouts I’ve tasted. Clever name, get it, monster ’mash’? heheh


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