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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


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2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cakes (391) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Tasted this on tap at the Selinsgrove Beer & Wine Festival They hide the 10 % alcohol very well here. Chicory and chocolate present. Nicely done.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
katrinaez (582) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2015 Rich cocoa scent. Deep black color. A very malty and slight rye flavor. Hops come out at the very end. Bottle Tap - watery at first light considering it’s imperial and a high abv. The end is where you get the flavors. Had a coffee aroma. Only a 3 for tap.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (816) - - JAN 15, 2015
on tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia; black color; roasted malt aroma with coffee notes; roasted malt flavor with coffee, chocolate, and warm alcohol notes; semi-sweet malt; fairly bitter

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6908) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
bottle, medium to fuller bodied black pour, dark chocolate, roasted malts, OK RIS, little complexity, straight frowned stout

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9526) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
A beer that tastes better than it smells. Black chocolate body. Taste is bittersweet dark chocolate. Better as it warms. Rich, hops in the long finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1340) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a generous head. Aroma of cocoa sweetness, sweet milk cream, slight coffee. Taste has a hop backbone with nice smooth roasty flavors and chocolate. Heavy bodied. Average carbonation. Creamy texture. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (1365) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with tan spongy head, caramel aroma, low carbonation, roasted malt-caramel taste, long finish with roasted malt aftertaste. Good example of an imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1071) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Poured from bottle. I smell malt and ocean. Looks like a classic stout. Toffee, licorice, coffee dry cocoa, lotsa roasted malt nicely balances these flavors. Just a trace of alcohol in the back. Had a tough time detecting the hops - comes thru as pepper and spice, I think. Overall, an outstanding brew from a local brewer. Looking forward to trying more Boaks beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2014
On tap at Maloney’s (NJ). Pours brownish/black with tall tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and some earthy notes. Taste was chocolatey in the first few sips but that dissapated as it warmed. Strong peanut/roast flavor as well. Flaked oats in this? Feels a bit dense. Was actually expecting more when it opened up but didn’t get much. Still pretty decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (5321) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of cola, roast and some dark chocolate. Flavor was heavy cola, lightly ashy and some chocolate. A tad thin and unbalanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (934) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Pours black in color with a light brown head. Standard impy stout aromas of chocolate and coffee and roasted malts with the addition of licorice. Definite hop presence. Easy drinker.


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