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Michigan Brewing Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Michigan Brewing Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2010
22oz, hand labeled bomber, 2010 edition courtesy of iceicebaby in BA. thanks, sean! loved the regular version so i was stoked to try this one. pours a thick, oily, black with just a whisper of a dark brown head and a ring of lace. aroma is great, very balanced, with big, roasty malts, charred barrel, and woody bourbon with hints of molasses, vanilla, and dark chocolate. flavor is damn good as well, more intense than the aroma, with thick molasses, heavy bourbon, and soy notes backed by dark fruits, tobacco, and very bitter chocolate with a touch of roast on the back end. palate is thick and oily with very little carbonation and a long, warm, bourbon finish. overall, a damn tasty brew but the bourbon actually took away a bit from the wonderful base beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9731) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Poured near black with a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was a combination of coffee, roasted malt an bourbon with a hint of underlying dark chocolate. Flavor was similar with roasted malts in the beginning and more of a dark chocolate and bourbon finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7504) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Thanks to Steve for the bomber (Feb ’09 fill)! Poured near-black with pretty much zero head.. I’m fairly certain it absorbed some of the light from the room. The aroma opened with sweet, succulent bourbon and vanilla sugars, melded seamlessly with molasses, dark chocolate, and the slightest hint of vinous character.. deep, sweet, and perfectly-roasted, with wisps of smoke and alcohol warmth tickling the back of the nose. The flavor found syrupy blackstrap molasses, soy, and vinous sweetness again at the core.. vanilla beans and sweet bourbon danced across the fine malt bed.. light oaky tartness and smoke on the edges.. slightly sour on the finish, some from the malts, and some from the barrel, paired with peppery alcohol.. long, warming finish left me wanting more. Heavily-bodied with almost no carbonation on the palate, and for once, ~0 was just as much carbonation as it needed.. sticky-sweet and syrupy feel, with just the right levels of roast and barrel.. I would not change a thing from this experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10800) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Dark brown pour. Tan head. Molasses, chocolate, bourbon, roast and oak both in the nose and in the flavor. Very well done!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7358) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
22. pours black with a thin wisp of tan foam. big chocolate, roast, and bourbon nose. still, sticky, thick body. sweet, bourbony, chocolatey mid palate, long sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11899) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2009
@Moosetoberfest Gathering Thanks yobdoog-22 oz bottle-pours a disappearing off white head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-molasses/chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit. Taste is dark malt-molasses/chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit, acidic. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Aroma is great on this one. Glad I got to try this! Aroma has vanilla, sweet bourbon, wood and some chocolate. Flavor is a bit lighter, still good body even though the handbottle was light on the carbonation. I still really enjoyed it, I loved the sweetness, caramel, chocolate and vanilla with the bourbon is was great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5224) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Handbottle shared by yobdoog at Moosetoberfest, thanks Trevor. Poured a deep dark syrupy black body that was flat and lifeless with no hint of head what so ever. Aroma was fantstic with lots of bourbon notes, vanilla, wood, roasty, dark chocolate and chocolate covered strawberries. The flavor, although pleasant, wasn’t as good as the aroma. Notes of bourbon, cardboard, burnt sugar, dry vanilla and slight vegtable notes. Syrupy mouthfeel with no noticeable carbonation, strong alcohol heat, a slight dry finish and a long lingering aftertaste. Really nice and probably even better if you can get your hands on this fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast, smoke, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste of roast, dark fruits, smoked malts, wood, nuts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbony alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2009
22 oz. hand labeled bottle courtesy of a trade with mibirder. Pours black with no head despite pouring straight down the center of the glass. Pleasant aroma that is predominantly vanilla and caramel along with some alcohol vapors. The flavor begins with the same vanilla and caramel along with just a bit of roasted malt and chocolate. This is almost immediately followed by some brash bourbon. Very boozy and hot. Slick, oily mouthfeel which is perpetuated by the lack of carbonation. There are elements here that I like, however, they end up being completely dominated by the bourbon which simply overpowers and overruns this beer.

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