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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Alaska’s Most Wanted Series.

First brewed as part of our 2011 World Tour series, MOSCOW Rye Russian Imperial Stout is a hefty, opaque black liquid that pours slowly and soulfully into your snifter. A high percentage of spicy rye and roasted dark malts create a dense, chewy yet elegant winter wonderland of flavors. And from AK we say: Let it Snow…in Moscow.


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1204) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Had this on tap at Humpy’s just before the 2012 GABBF (what an amazing "breakfast" beer!). Colour... as black as the singularity of a black hole, with a thick, dark tan head. Nose... lightly smoky and brimming with dark chocolate, booze, wet earth and charred bacon. Palate... chewy, coating, dry, oaky and ashen with loads of bittersweet chocolate, a heaping helping of booze and a deep, dark broodingly tannic feel with anise and black strap molasses at the back of the palate. This is one of MSBC’s finest pieces of zymurgistic art!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThreeCats (560) - ISRAEL - AUG 9, 2014
Pours motor-oil black with a huge head the darkest coffee-color I’ve ever seen. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roast, cream. Taste very roasty, dark chocolate, coffee, very full mouthfeel, not nearly as sweet as I would have expected. Very roasty palate

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3399) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours a thick dark black with a dark tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and a touch of rye. Very good. Nice sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is heavily malty (roasted/burnt grain, bitter chocolate, coffee), with notes of tar, ash/smoke. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily bitter. Full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. A roast monster...very clean but the aroma leaves some depth to be desired...I love love the roast, but it needs something to balance that aspect out, like hops or fruity notes or caramel or something. Some chocolate is there of course, but even that is in the bitter spectrum and very hardcore...this is like the black coffee of stouts. Very well-balanced for its type/size...lots of finishing bitterness, this is the opposite of most syrupy sweet fatiguing Impy stouts you find on shelves these days. This would be 4+ with a bit more aromatic intrigue beyond the roast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
budznsudz (555) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Thick black with a dark brown head. Aroma of toasted grain, dark malts, and light cocoa. Taste follows with a nice hearty mouthfeel. This is a very traditional robust imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a brown head, aroma of fruits, malt and some chocolate, flavor of fruits, malt, chocolate, bitterness, medium bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3455) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of liqurice, sweets and spice. A flavor of liqurice, coffee, roasted malt, bitter and a nice oily texture!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5730) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Black with a huge brown head. Heavily roasty aroma with some coffee, a cocoa note and some hops. Dry-ish flavor, roasty, with light sweetness, smoke, coffee (with a light acidic hint), and a bitterish finish, more roasty, with a hoppy note. Full-bodied. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (528) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours inky black, with a rich tan head. Somewhat weak aroma of malts and rye. Taste is a little bitter and fairly strong. Notes of coffee and licorice. Long lasting palate. Maybe I’m getting spoiled, but I didn’t like this one as well as several others. Not complex enough, I guess. Still, a clear thumbs up.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2168) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Black viscous pour small forced tan head. No lacing. Malty aroma with chocolate cherries and pepper. Taste is the same. Though slightly thin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2112) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 11, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head that has good retention. The aroma features cocoa, dark chocolates and chocolate liqueur. The taste, like the aroma, has multi-layered chocolates, mocha, charcoal, roasted chestnuts and bitter walnuts. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and bitter. Overall: Very roasty and bitter RIS, not much sweetness. This works.


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