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Funky Buddha Nikolai Vorlauf Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8384) - 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 (3030) - 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 (3367) - 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 (2208) - 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 (12572) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3652) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
Bomber shared by Luc. Deep brown-black with a tan rim. Rich black coffee, some dark chocolate, booze, kinda sweet, fairly full body, elegant carbonation, decent bitterness, boozy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (702) - GERMANY - MAY 10, 2016
Pours an entirely black color, with a small, bubbly, very stable head. Smells of leaf coated melted toffee and rock sugar with licorice. Milk chocolate and a hint of caramel add to a dried earth foundation. Has a supersoft, very smooth, pleasantly thick mouthfeel, while ending with an intriguing dryness during the finish. Tastes way more intense than it smells, leading off with toasted, earthen malts, while its thick mouthfeel produces tons of whipped cream. This gets amped up by melted caramel and rich layers of toffee. Those sweeter flavors blend directly into earthen, dry coffee and warming, bitter chocolate. Finishes with even more cream and a chocolate covered earth dryness, which still produces a sticky, nice caramel peak. Great in taste, a little boring on the nose with a fantastic, thick and creamy mouthfeel, complimenting its chocolate qualities perfectly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2016
2015-04-16. Black body with a small tan head that fades. 3+ Aroma is a bit of an odd quality to it. Dry roast, and some other things that defy my deScription. Flavour is has a dry dusty malt intro and a sweet malty core. Sort of a maple like quality in the finish. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Enjoyable but a touch odd. 7/3-4/7/3/16-17 Bottle shared by Wilco.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (4703) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 27, 2016
Bottle shared by MisoW. Rich malty beer. Very well balanced. Lots of cocoa, fruitiness, chocolate. Not very roasty, rather sweetish, though a background coffee bitterness is present. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (7444) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 27, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by MisoW, many thanks.Very dark brown color with medium beige head. Strong coffee aroma with tobacco. Taste, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, Cocoa beans, vanilla. Long chocolate, coffee bitter finish. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Tasty.


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