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Michigan Brewing Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5362) - Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle from backlog notes 07/08. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses with a hint of coffee, some earthy bitterness to the finish, good body to this. Solid imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3930) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Backlog of ratings. Thanks to someone at one of bu11zeye’s tastings. The smell is slight teriyaki, smoke, soy sauce, and malts. The look is brown to black in color, thinner head. Taste is malts, roasty, hops, and salty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6390) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 13, 2013
Where and how: vintage 2009? bottle
Aroma port like, mellow with slight oxidation. Alcohol hints, touch of vanilla, with vinous vibe to it.
Appearance:
Top: very small with some rings on glass.
Base: black .
Palate : soft even delicate, medium full bodied with medium walls.
Taste: caramel, vanilla, port. Some alcohol with late toasted blend malt chocolate blend.
Other notes Tad thin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Estimate at 4-6 years old. Pours very dark brown and even I could get no significant head. Chocolate and bourbon aroma. Thinnish start and then scotch, vanilla, bourbon and lots of wood.A real sipper and needed 4 of us to get through the bomber. Thanks Steve in Warren.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3701) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Deep brown with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and prune. Taste is of prune, coffee and roasted malts.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mittenator (1284) - Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Draft at MBC. apparently they still have some left. No idea how old this is. That said, near black with a dark beige head. Sweet caramel, toffee, plum and raisin aromas. Similar flavors but really heavy on the dried dark fruits. This might even be better now that it's aged.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2012
2007 Vintage 12oz bottle (no label) purchased in winter of 2007 / 2008 by a trade partner at the original Michigan Brewing location! Pours the deepest mahogany to black, opaque, with a 1 finger medium khaki crown that shows moderate retention and lace. The aroma gives off hints of sweet caramel, bread, moderate roast, moderate chocolate, a tiny amount of raisin, and a whisper of oxidation. The sweet malt, sweet raisin, and brown sugar notes take center stage. Moderate roast lays down the foundation. Palate is on the thick side of medium bodied to the thin side of heavy bodied. Overall its aged pretty well and I can tell love went into brewing it 5 years ago. I would have been nice to have tried this one fresh back in the day to establish a reference point.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Growler sample from a friend who brought it to the Smuttynose tasting at Ale Wine & Spirits on 4/27/12. Clear dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, booze and chocolate. Malty and chocolatey flavor with some dark fruit before a boozy and roasty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7959) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Sample from growler at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 04/27/2012. The beer is a brownish-black color with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee and malt. Full-bodied with a roasty coffee and malt character along with notes of hops and nuts. The finish is rich and malty with a lingering sweetness. Above average overall.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paintedmaple (395) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2012
On tap at the brewpub...big, robust, complex, and chocolaty with a touch of sweetness - nice rendition of an Imperial Stout.


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