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HopTown Old Yeltsin Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2695) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2007
22oz bomber, no date. Pours a black with a half finger fading tan head. Aroma of roasty malts, caramel, molasses, soy, a bit of vanilla ____--I can’t put a finger on what though--a little hazelnuts, a tinge of earthy hops. ETOH so far is covered well. Flavor has much more roast and coffee in it--namely coffee in the bitter dry finish. There is also a bit of saltiness, not really soy anymore, and the molasses is still there. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body, minimal carbonation--would’ve liked it a little thicker.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2004
12.10.04 Bomber bottle thanks to loweredsixth. Nearly black beer with thin tan head. Aromas are molasses sweet and sharpness is betrayed with a slight nasal burn from alcohol and hops. California style impy all the way, this brew is not letting me down. Deep and roasty, not much fruit. Plenty of coffee, caramelized grapefruit, burnt hazelnut. Could be fuller bodied for an imperial but the solid alcohol presence makes up for that pretty well. Very nice brew. Thanks, Joe!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2002
’Bottled Version’: The beer pours a deep brown to black, the head is chocolate brown, frothy, dissipates rather quickly, the lace is quite good and clings in sheets to the ’Chalice’. Nose is toasted malt, coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate. Front is sweet, the top is medium to full, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, somewhat acidic, and a decent Imperial, not a ’Stone’, but still quite drinkable and well worth the try, and most certainly the 10% abv will warm your ’Tummy’.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Draught: I didn't realize that this was an imperial at the time, the bar menu just said 'old yeltson stout'...9% abv wasn't noticed at all..my notes: extremely Beautiful looking brew...black with 3/4 inch of an everlasting creamy tan head..completely breathtaking...cocoa in aroma with slight coffee undertones..Rich mocha...roastedness...great carbination...slight bitter but nonsweet finish

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2564) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Pours a dsark black w/ a small well laced tan head. Smells of roasted malt lactose and little bitter hop. Well coated smooth light creamy palate. Flavor has a touch of an odd sourness hints of coffee and lots of roasted malt w/ a strange milkiness. Odd for the style as I dont’ want tart in my dark beers but still not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Rating #1 Tap @ Hopyard Alehouse in Pleasanton (next door to the brewery) (7 5 7 4 16). Solid black color with a creamy brown head that kept its form and size until the finish. Incredibly smooth, full bodied and rich. A malty finish with a roasted and chocolate flavor. Dark fruits can be found in the aroma and flavor, but they remain understated. To move this beer into the elite status of the imperial stouts it needs that added complexity either in the fruits or the layers of chocolate and roasted malts. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 7 3 16). Solid black color with a laced chocolate brown head. Noticeably hoppier than the draft version. A somewhat lighter body, although it still contains plenty of roasted malts and chocolate. The dark fruits again remain understated, and this becomes somewhat more pronounced given the lighter body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2520) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2005
Small brown head, fair retention and no lace. Pitch black with a neat red glow when held just right. Medium sweet malt nose, light charcoal notes along with roast and a hint of licorice. Med/full body, slick, lightly oily. Roast flavors up front, black licorice more noticeable in the flavor as it warms. Light notes of plum and raisins. Finish is medium dry with a light smokiness and vinous notes. Thanks Cliff!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2517) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Very little foam with ruby highlights showing through the light. Huge Imperial aroma boasting caramel, chocolate pudding, raisin, tropical fruit, dark cherry, dark grape, and alcohol. Medium body. Rich, bitter chocolate slowly transitions to vinous notes, cardboard, lactic twang, and some dryness. Intertwined peat smoke/roast flavors. Only modestly hopped. Rich flavors are unapparent, thus leaving me with something more than a yearning for a deep richness to grab foothold onto the back of the throat, other than the top of the mouth. Subtle touches of charcoal linger at the finish. This is too light, sour, and fruity for my thoroughly enjoyment. Sadly, this is so thinnish and hoppy, it could be suffice as an aperitif. However, to newbies of the style, this would serve well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2005
22oz bomber via trade with jazz88 - Thanks Eric! - Pours black with a nice creamy mocha head that laces a little but not too much. Aroma is of coffee, plums, and a touch of almond. Flavor is burnt malts, plums, raisins, some coffee. This is lighter than other imperial stouts I’ve tried but as creamy and mouth coating as any. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and this is a great sipper due to the smoothness. This isn’t the best impy I’ve ever had but it is certainly worth trying and very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Pours pitch black in color. Strong sweet roasty aroma. Lots of roasted malts. Some hops and a hint of alcohol. Flavor up front is slightly subdued. Some malts and a slight bit of roastiness. Finish leaves a lasting roasted coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is not too noticable. Seems kind of one dimensional. still it is pretty tasty, just not a top impy.


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