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Funky Buddha Nikolai Vorlauf Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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We brewed this imperial stout to be big, bold and strong, like a bear-hugging Russian wrestler. A thick body using oats and lactose is complimented by plenty of complex chocolate, cocoa, and caramel undertones, before finishing on a balanced roasty note.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Berard (620) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours nearly black with zero head. Mild coffee aroma with very little carbonation. Coffee and caramel flavor with nice dark chocolate bitter finish. A shade bit thin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6085) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2016
22 oz. bottle, thanks to Chalumeaux for his number 1000th rating! Aroma is real nice. Aroma and flavor go hand-in-hand.

Flavor is cocoa, dry roast, sweet melted chocolate. Has a creamy lactose mouthfeel. Very nice texture. Body is fuller with a nice chewy hint from the oats. The hops are just over run by a sweetness over load. Nicely crafted but I am so happy that Clark pointed out the fact it was Brewer with lactose sugar, Good save man!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5704) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2016 Bomber, undated, shared by TJ for his 1,000th rating on 7/24/16. Thanks and congrats, glad to be a part of this tasting group!
Tan head runs to the edges atop a dark mahogany body with high clarity.
Does not smell overdone. Lots of grape, prune, plum and dark chocolate. Hey, this has lactose in it. Has a strong grape element, with lots of grain and deep, dark chocolate. Rather weak nose, is my only real regret but there’s no alcohol or flaw, that’s for sure.
Rich chocolate and grape notes remind more of an English style Impy. Very pruney with cocoa, vanilla and lots of acidity on the end. Nice creamy thickness but not overly sweet. Very light lactic character to it with lingering prune and cacao. Some ashiness and lots of acidity. Pales in comparison to Wide Awake, but it’s still a very competent beer and not a sugar bomb.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1039) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Dchmela for my 1000th rate. Deep brown mahogany with a nice mocha head. Aromas of sweet dark fruity malt chocolate vanilla and hint of bourbon. Taste is rich and creamy chocolate vanilla oats mild roasted malt. Very well done. Would like to try the barrel aged version.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2252) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
10:30am. Bomber shared by Chalumeaux for his 1000th rate! Thanks and congratulations! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark coffee, roast. Flavor is dark chocolate, dark coffee, slightly astringent bitterness in the finish. Nice mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
[8146-20160416] Bottle. Sweet taffy-esque aroma. Brown cola body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet cola taffy and tangy woody soy-soaked burlap flavour. Full body. Average. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (3110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2016
Pours black, some head and lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet bourbon and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla. Medium carbonation. Thanks Lubiere!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3405) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Sample at HMOG. Decent beer. would love to run across a variant or two of this. Smooth chocolate malt dominant. A bit sweet on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2302) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle share, merci Luc! Pours black, some head and lots of lacing. Nose is bourbon, vanilla. Flavours of bourbon, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste is big sweet, medium bitter. Full sticky body medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12802) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
A deep dark stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with light coffee notes, grassy hops, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice chocolate malt with light coffee notes, grassy hops, light mineral notes, dry and smooth, alcohol warmth, very nice. Bottle at Spinrsx tasting.


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