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HopTown Old Yeltsin Imperial Stout

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HopTown "Old Yeltsin" Russian-style Imperial Stout is a very strong dark beer. It is brewed with a combination of the finest two-row malts, water, yeast and hops. It has a rich roasty character and plenty of alcohol to warm you for the long Russian Winter. HopTown "Old Yeltsin" can be enjoyed by itself or it goes great with a variety of foods.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Smells like vegetables. Thick, black, syrupy, sticky, and tasting a little fishy, with stale licorice, and sweet motor oil, if that’s possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8674) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Thanks to Flipbrewer for this one. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and cognac. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and malt. Finishes very smooth. Nice complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
(Bottle at least 1.5 years old):

The Lure:
Oily soy amidst the sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Dryness is purported, along with shyness.

The Festivities:
The sweetness of molasses and soy gets somewhat cloying through the slick mouthfeel. Roasted malts offer little bitterness and dryness, this appears already tired after a little time in the cellar. I feel redundant, but there isn’t much more to say.

Another day at the office.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Draft, Dark colored beer with a big tan head. This is a very creamy beer with a subtle roasty taste. A little sharp on the tongue, but all that oatmeal creaminess covers it up well. Very creamy and smooth and hides the alcohol well. I got tired of it, but a friend liked it more than I did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bomber. Poured clear, very deep brown with a shorter cap of dense toffee head. My first impression on the palate with burger grease.. thankfully that dissipated promptly.. became molasses with some dark chocolate and coffee character.. roast was moderate in the aroma, and much more pronounced in the flavor department.. deeper, and it really hid the alcohol well. As mentioned, the flavor was more roasty with molasses, licorice, and coffee represented.. sticky licorice and soy with some coffee bitterness at the finish.. just too roasty without enough flavor development to make it really good. Heavier-bodied and slick with low carbonation on the palate.. the heavy roast stuck at points, and this never developed as I would like.. overall a decent and drinkable, but far from great imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Bottled: Oily black with a thin covering of tan head. Bursting with ripe fruits and vegetables(grape, melon, and cucumber), brown sugar, and lots of roasty malts, perfectly balanced with western hops. And that's just the aroma. Body is somewhat dense, yet smooth, lightly sweet and bitter with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Becomes a little more cloyingly bitter around room temperature. One of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while. Thank you herbjones!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Bottle: Opaque with fading fizzy tan head and some lace. The nose has notes of toffee and caramel malts, mild Costa Rican coffees, hazelnut, mocha, anise, floral and piney hops, and woody yeast esters. Moderate alcohol phenols snap at the nose, vinous. The initial taste has notes of very bittersweet chocolate and burnt malts with a twangy citric background, almost berry in nature. The finish displays a vanilla, nutty, and sublime spicy nature with a final splash of alcohol snap. The fell is lively yet smooth until the finish which has an aggressive bite letting you know the beer is not to be taken lightly. So much more hoppy and drinkable than many in style, but still has enough depth and complexity to please this stoutie! Thanks Dave for the bottle, makes the wait worth it!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6500) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Bottle pours black as night, small creamy tannish head, along with decent lacing and minor yeasty bits.   Light carob and roasted malts on the nose, but a heavy aroma of alcohol.   Up front I get a sweet burnt caramel or molasses flavor.   This leads into a nice coffeeish taste, but unfortunately a slight medicinal taste near the end.   Good mouthfeel, good flavors up front, but the finish could use some fixen.   Luckily as it warms the finish gets more manageable.   Thanks goes out to cquiroga for the trade!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6438) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Pours black with a brown sheathing. Great smell of pit tree fruits, vanilla and blackened malts reminds me of a buttered sweet roll. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and way too easy to drink. Good taste is well balanced with sweet ripe pit fruit up front then bitter blackened malts to finish. Good stuff. 012606

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6390) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Delectable aroma of bittersweet chocolate and kahlua with some roasted notes. Motor oil like appearance with a thick khaki colored head - good lacing. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy - a tad chalky in the finish. Flavor has some bittersweet chocolate notes, licorice, and coffee. Started off strong - faded just a tad near the end. Still a very good stout.

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